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Pre-Health

Students preparing for a career as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, physical therapist, physician assistant, pharmacist, podiatrist, chiropractor or optometrist will get a great start at Elmira College.  Students following their passion, with any academic major, will develop the skills crucial to the practicing physician:  problem-solving, effective communication, and critical thinking skills.  

Most students choose a major in one of the sciences, although psychology, history, sociology, Spanish or English have also been popular majors or minors for those interested in health care.  Fulfilling a broad-based liberal arts education with attention to the science pre-requisite courses is a smart way to prepare for future study in medical school.

Research is an important component of pre-health professions preparation.  Elmira College encourages student collaboration with faculty mentors to conduct research and present the results at national and international conferences, giving applicants an extra perspective from outside the traditional classroom.

Lectures from visiting scientists and visits from professional school admission counselors give students the opportunity to explore various careers in science and medicine.  The Pre-Health Club is another resource for information. Shadowing opportunities, internships, resume workshops and surgery observations have been sponsored activities by active members of this club.

Elmira College has several special early acceptance programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic, and podiatry. Students can be recommended for early admission at the end of freshman year in an agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for programs in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.  The College also has a special 3+4 agreement with UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Visit the College Bulletin for additional information on the requirements for pre-health. 

College Bulletin