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Plan of Study

Our Premedicine and Allied Health Professions students major in a wide range of disciplines, from neuroscience to art history. You should plan to major in a discipline that excites you and for which you have the most aptitude, understanding that you will need to take one or two courses each semester that are prerequisites for admission to your health professions school of interest.

Initial Planning

If you are interested in premedicine and allied health, you should first do the following:

  • Plan to attend our fall director's meeting (September), where you will hear from premedicine faculty and staff; faculty and staff from the Health and Human Values Department; directors of the Center for Civic Engagement and the Dean Rusk International Studies Program; officers of prehealth professional societies; and local physicians, among others.
  • Schedule a meeting with Premedicine and Allied Health Professions Director Naila Mamoon to discuss a plan of study that will equip you well for your future career.

While the specifics of your plan may vary, the following is an overview of your four-year course of study.

Prospective & Current Students

Follow the Premedicine and Allied Health Professions Facebook page to view current (PDF) and past program events, and opportunities available to enrolled students and alumni interested in health professions careers.

First-year Students & Sophomores

Starting early in your college career, attend our fall director's meeting (September). After that, you will begin to meet regularly with Director Naila Mamoon. Your first meeting will be in a small group, and is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn about the required premedicine courses and recommended healthcare volunteering opportunities. All subsequent meetings will be one-on-one with the director.

Also, you should begin to find opportunities for clinical exposure and get involved on campus and in the community.

Recommended courses include:

  • Biology: BIO 111 or 113 and BIO 112 or 114
  • Chemistry: CHE 115, 220 or 240, 250, and 350
  • Physics: PHY 120 and 220 or PHY 130 and 230
  • Biochemistry: BIO 303 or CHE 230
  • Statistics: BIO 240, PSY 310, SOC 260, MAT 341, POL 201 or ECO 105

Some of the courses listed above may be taken during your junior year. Learn more about course requirements.

Juniors

As you continue your coursework and community involvement activities, you also should begin planning for next steps in your medical/health career.

  • Attend the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) honor society forum in preparation for the MCAT, DAT, or other professional school entrance exams. There you will learn how other students prepared for the exams.
  • Begin to narrow the list of schools to which you will apply.
  • Apply for a Premedical Advisory Committee (PAC) evaluation in the fall semester. Applications are due Nov. 1 and the PAC interview and evaluation is completed during the spring semester.
  • Attend the program director's dinner, and participate in a practice interview with members of AED and staff from the Center for Career Development.
  • Attend an application service forum organized by AED (spring semester).

If you do not plan on taking a "gap year" between college and graduate school, in the fall of your junior year you should be interviewed by and receive a rating from our Premedical Advisory Committee (PAC), after which the Premedicine and Allied Health Professions director will prepare a report that will include your committee rating, a composite evaluation and the letters of recommendation from those who evaluated you. At your request, the evaluation report will be sent to all medical or other preprofessional schools to which you apply.

Seniors

In preparation for continuing your medical/health career path, your senior year will include lots of paperwork and interviews.

  • Complete your secondary applications.
  • Contact Program Coordinator Amber MacIntyre at ammacintyre@davidson.edu and request your PAC evaluation report be sent to the schools of your choice.

If you did not get evaluated by our committee during your junior year, you should apply for a PAC evaluation and be interviewed in the fall semester.

Study Abroad

Choosing to participate in the Premedicine and Allied Health Professions program does not preclude you from studying abroad. It simply requires careful planning and consultation with the program director and professors within your major discipline.