Location: Harkins Hall 210
Carol B. Crafts, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Advisor for the Health Professions
The Health Professions Advisory Program assists students in preprofessional preparation for careers in the medical sciences including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, advance practice nursing, pharmacy, public health, and other health professions. Because each of the medical sciences professions requires specific preparation, students must work closely with the advisor for the health professions to plan a suitable program of study. This generally involves selection of an appropriate major, required courses, and internships and volunteer service opportunities in the health professions.
Admission to most health professions schools is extremely competitive, requiring strong academic performance, satisfactory scores on standardized admissions tests (e.g. MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.), and evidence of leadership, service, and a working knowledge of the health professions.
Academic preparation for medical or dental school generally includes a minimum of two semesters each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, general physics, and English. In addition, many medical and dental schools strongly recommend or require biochemistry, advanced biology electives, and other specific courses.
While there is no “premed” major, most premedical sciences students complete one of the following majors:
B.S. degree in biology
B.A. degree in chemistry, premedical/dental option
B.S. degree in biochemistry
However, with careful planning, a student also may complete the premedical sciences coursework in combination with a liberal arts major.
Required for Medical and Dental School Admission
Recommended for Medical and Dental School Admission
Requirements for other Health Professions
Providence College students also may successfully prepare for admission to other health professions schools such as veterinary medicine, optometry, advance practice nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, and others. Each has profession and school specific academic requirements which require careful planning during the undergraduate years. These students work closely with the advisor for the health professions to insure that the appropriate prerequisites are completed prior to application to these professional schools.
Professional School Affiliations
For information about the professional school affiliations with Providence College, students should contact the advisor for the health professions.
Brown University Alpert Medical School Early Identification Program (EIP)
The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a cooperative venture between Alpert Medical School and Providence College. The program provides selected students a place in the medical school following the student’s graduation. Invitations to apply for the EIP are made by the Providence College advisor for the health professions based on a student’s undergraduate performance. Acceptances are offered by Alpert Medical School. Rhode Island residents currently enrolled in the sophomore year are eligible to be considered for the EIP. Rhode Island students who are interested should notify the advisor for the health professions prior to the beginning of their third semester at Providence College.
Once accepted to participate in the EIP, formal acceptance to the medical school is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by a grade point average of 3.0 or better, attainment of competence in the sciences basic to medicine, a senior-year recommendation from the advisor for the health professions, and documented verification of the student’s complete academic record, including completion of requirements for the baccalaureate degree.
Combined Degree Program with New England College of Optometry
This program provides a unique educational opportunity for the highly motivated student with a professional goal in optometry. It allows for completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the O.D. (doctor of optometry) degree in seven years rather than the usual eight.
The first three years at Providence College offer a blend of liberal arts, and basic and biological sciences, which will prepare the student for professional study. The four years at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) provide the coursework required to complete the Providence College baccalaureate degree in biology (see the sequence of courses listed under biology.), as well as the professional training required for the doctoral degree in optometry.
The combined program is designed for the academically outstanding student who has a strong and realistic motivation toward the optometric profession. Applicants must be superior high school students, especially in math and science, with acceptable SAT or ACT scores. Applicants will be interviewed by representatives of Providence College and The New England College of Optometry.