The Brooklyn Campus offers students one-on-one, personal guidance as they pursue a professional career in medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic or veterinary medicine. This includes academic advisement and all of the help they need during the application process.
In order to take full advantage of the opportunity offered by such advisement, students are encouraged to register with the Pre-Professional Evaluating Committee as early as possible in their academic careers. In addition, students must maintain a high grade-point average and fulfill all of the pre-professional science requirements before the year in which they intend to apply to professional schools.
There are many requirements for acceptance into professional schools. Students are strongly advised to consult the appropriate sources of information for whatever profession they may wish to pursue. It is best to do this background research early in one’s academic career in order to avoid unpleasant surprises at a later date.
Once a student registers with the pre-professional office, a file will be opened for them. This file contains all of the faculty evaluations and extracurricular interests of the student, which will be used to compile composite evaluation. We will send out up to 25 evaluations. A charge shall be made for all applications beyond 25.
For an appointment, please contact Dr. Ximara Peckham, Pre-Med Advisor, at 718-488-1209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"What courses do I have to take to get into medical (or dental, podiatry, etc.) school?" This is, perhaps, the most frequently asked question. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give a complete and specific answer. It is always best to consult with each school you wish to attend and familiarize yourself with specific details concerning its admissions requirements. However, it is possible to provide a general outline of minimal requirements. Generally speaking, a student must have completed at least the following courses at the time of application:
General Biology; BIO 1 & 2, or BIO 3 & 4
General & Inorganic Chemistry; CHE 3 & 4
Organic Chemistry; CHE 121 & 122
General Physics; PHY 31 & 32
Calculus; MAT 40
English (beyond the remedial level)
The requirements listed above are minimal. They should be completed prior to sitting for the appropriate admissions examination, i.e., MCAT, DAT, OCAT, etc. (Physics is not required for the DAT). Many schools also require or "strongly suggest" (same thing) other courses, such as: advanced mathematics (second semester of calculus or statistics), psychology, sociology, biochemistry, genetics, etc. These are best determined by consulting the school's catalog. It is your responsibility to become aware of specific course requirements of each school you may wish to attend. The Pre-professional Committee does not do registration programming, except for post-baccalaureate students, even though it provides advice on request. Students majoring in biology and chemistry take the minimally required courses as part of their degree program. Pharmacy majors should take Physics 31 and 32, instead of Physics 27. Those majoring in other fields will have to add these courses to their programs or substitute CHE 3 & 4 for CHE 3X, CHE 121 & 122 for HE 4X, etc. The following table lists the subjects required by 10 or more U.S. Medical Schools.
|Required Subject||No. Schools|
|Biology (or Zoology)||118|
|English (or Composition)||85|
|College Math.(or Calculus)||48|
|Advanced Biology or Chemistry||13|
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, acceptance statistics indicate that a science major is not necessary for medical school acceptance. The requirements for acceptance (GPA, MCAT scores, etc.) of majors in biological sciences, physical sciences, or non-science subjects are about the same. The pool of applicants to Schools of Medicine generally has a mean GPA of 3.4, while those accepted have a mean of GPA of 3.6. The respective GPAs in biology, chemistry, physics, and math are about the same.Sources of Information
All professions have national and state organizations. Many community organizations also exist; e.g., King's County Medical Society. These organizations are valuable sources of information. Their addresses and telephone numbers are available from the local telephone book. Librarians in the school library can also lead you to the many books written about the professions. The following is a selected list of publications we feel are very useful.Medicine
Association of American Medical Colleges
Publication Orders–Dept. 66
2450 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037-1126
Publication orders tel. (202) 828-0416
Medical School Admission Requirements (#C98N, $25)
MCAT Student Manual (#MCAT, $20)
MCAT Practice Test II (#MPT2, $20)
MCAT Practice Test IV (#MPT4, $35)
College Information Booklet ($2)
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
tel. (301) 968-4190
Admission Requirements of U.S. & Canadian Dental Schools ($25)
American Association of Dental Schools
Publications Department, Suite 600
1625 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036-2212
tel. (202) 667-9433
Podiatric Medicine as a Career (Free)
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
1350 Piccard Drive, Suite 322
Rockville, MD 20850
tel. (800) 922-9266
Optometry - A Career with Vision (Free)
American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd,
St. Louis, Missouri 63141-9982
tel. (314) 991-4100
Today's Veterinarian (Free)
American Veterinary Medical Association
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Association of American Chiropractic Colleges
4424 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 102
Bethesda, MD 20814
tel. (800) 284-1062
The Committee will provide advice and information to all students of Long Island University' Brooklyn Campus. It will, however, prepare evaluations only if you take care to do the following:
The documents designated in paragraphs 1-3 above are required to establish an active file. They do not guarantee an interview. In order to be granted an interview and have an evaluation prepared, you must meet the following additional requirements:
All professional schools require recommendations in order for a student's application to be considered. Most schools give applicants the option of either procuring three individual letters or a single composite evaluation. The composite evaluation is a compilation of all faculty evaluations, which are submitted by a student.
The letter is based upon objective evaluation of a student's academic achievements and aptitude, as well as subjective observations of character. Also included is a list of academic honors and extracurricular activities. In general, composite evaluations are given more weight by admissions committees because, unlike individual letters, they are more likely to be unbiased. In order for a composite evaluation to be effective, the following must be kept in mind: