Pre-Med Advising Program

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Overview

A pre-med advising program designed to maximize your candidacy for admission to medical schools and graduate programs in health care professions.  


RIT’s premedical and health professions advising program provides personalized academic advising to help you become an exceptional candidate for admission into medical and dental schools, and into graduate programs in health care professions including:

  • Doctoral programs in medicine (MD/DO), dentistry (DDS/DSM), pharmacy (PharmD), physical therapy (DPT), optometry (OD), podiatry (DPM), chiropractic (DC), and occupational therapy (OTD).
  • Master’s level programs in physician assistant (PA), public health (MPH), genetic counseling, health systems administration, and pathologists’ assistant.
  • Accelerated nursing programs leading to the BS/RN degree.

What is the premedical and health professions advising program?

At RIT, pre-med is not an academic major. Instead, the premedical and health professions advising program is a pre-professional advising option that provides personal, individualized academic counseling to help you become an exceptional candidate for admission to medical schools and graduate programs in health care professions. You can major in any academic program at RIT and participate in the premedical and health professions advising program.

Medical schools and graduate programs in the health sciences base their admission decisions on several factors, including academic record and GPA, application essay, scores from MCAT and other admissions exams, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, clinical and summer employment experiences, undergraduate research experience, field work, and community involvement/volunteering. RIT’s premedical and health professions advising program will assist you in designing your plan of study, which will ensure that you complete the course work required of your major as well as course work that fulfills the pre-med requirements for admission to medical school and graduate degree programs in the health sciences. This includes guidance on selecting elective courses, as well as minors and immersions. Advisors also provide guidance and advice on extracurricular activities, undergraduate research opportunities, clinical and summer employment opportunities, MCAT and other graduate school admission exams, co-op experiences, medical and graduate school applications, and more.

Advising and Support

What can you expect from the premedical and health professions advising program?

The premedical and health professions advising program is a set of offerings centered around preparation for admission to medical school and graduate programs in health care professions. They include:

  • Personalized Pre-Med and Pre-Professional Advising
  • MCAT Preparation
  • Assistance on Medical and Graduate School Applications
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Guidance on summer, clinical, and co-op employment
  • Events

How do I participate in the premedical and health professions advising program?

To participate in the program, students should contact the premedical and health professions advising and enroll as soon as you decide you want to pursue an advanced degree in a medical or health care profession. There is no separate application process nor are there additional tuition costs.

Starting the process early has added benefits. It ensures that you can organize your curriculum, from early on in your academic program, to meet the requirements for admission, as well as have the time to complete experiential learning experiences that will strengthen your application.

FAQs

No. It is not an academic program—students do not matriculate and earn a degree. The services of this advising supplement your academic program of study and provide guidance and support in becoming a competitive candidate for graduate study.

No. You do not have to be a science major to be accepted to a graduate program in medicine and the health professions. However, all programs require the completion of a certain number of science courses, so the curriculum of your academic program must have space to accommodate those prerequisite courses. You should choose to major in a program that you enjoy, that allows you to demonstrate your academic talents, and that provides you with an alternative career option. One key to success is to meet early and often with your premedical advisor and your academic advisor. They are the team that helps you complete your major curriculum while also fulfilling the admissions requirements of the graduate programs in medicine.

The most common majors at RIT include biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, and those pursuing individualized study. But again, graduate programs in medicine and health care accept students from all academic majors, from psychology and the humanities to art and design. As you consider your academic major, select one that will allow you to complete the necessary prerequisite courses for admission to your chosen medical program.

You should contact the Premedical Office and enroll as soon as you decide you want to pursue an advanced degree in a medical or healthcare profession. Starting the process early ensures that you can organize your curriculum to meet the requirements for admission, as well as have the time to complete experiential learning experiences that will strengthen your application.

Admission to graduate programs in medicine is a very competitive process. While no one can guarantee admission, we work very hard with students to help them understand admissions requirements, prerequisite courses, and the impact of experiential learning experiences.

This is a very logical question, and we hear it a lot. The answer, however, is not as easy or as straightforward to interpret as you might think. Historically, 80 to 85% of RIT students/alumni who apply for admission to graduate programs in the health professions each year are accepted. That number includes the several doctoral and master’s programs listed at the beginning of this webpage. If there is a common denominator, it is this: Those students who enroll in this program as early as possible, and who participate fully in all of the various advising workshops and activities, are the most successful.

Yes—RIT has affiliation programs with two medical schools that assure seats to high school students upon completion of their undergraduate education at RIT. The Early Acceptance Program (EAP) at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine holds seats for accepted students in the medical, dental, and pharmacy programs. Learn more

RIT also has an affiliation agreement with SUNY Upstate Medical University. The RIT-UPSTATE Accelerated Scholars Program allows high school students who are accepted to RIT to apply for medical school admission to SUNY Upstate Medical University. Learn more

It is a long list and growing all the time. Here are some of the more recent ones:

Allopathic Medical Schools (MD degree)

  • Albany Medical College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons   
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Ohio
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine  
  • Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • St. George's University School of Medicine        
  • SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • SUNY Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medical College

Osteopathic Medical Colleges (DO degree)

  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine       
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine  
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine     
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine   
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dental Colleges (DDS/DMS degree)

  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

Pharmacy Colleges (PharmD degree)

  • Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College
  • University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Other Doctoral Programs in the Health Sciences

  • New York Chiropractic College (DC degree)
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM degree)
  • Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM degree)
  • Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy (DPT degree)
  • State University of New York College of Optometry (OD degree)

Physician Assistant Graduate Programs (MS degree)

  • University of Tampa
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Health Professions
  • Daemen College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology