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Pre-Health FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Pre-Health Questions

 

What is the role of the Pre-Health Advising Office?

What health professions does the Pre-Health Advising Office assist with?

Is the Pre-Health program a major at Hunter?

Do I have to major in a science?

What are some steps I should take to start my Pre-Health track at Hunter College?

Do I just need to register to attend an event to get attendance credit?

Which events count toward my 3 Pre-Health events per semester requirement?

What are the required courses for the health professions?

Can I use AP credits to fulfill my Pre-Health requirements?

What science credits can I transfer to Hunter from my previous institution?

Can I take e-permit science courses to speed up my studies at Hunter?

Do e-permit science courses count towards fulfilling my Pre-Health course requirements?

How many hours of volunteering should I complete?

Where can I find non-health-related community service opportunities?

Do I need to open a file if I am interested in Nursing, OT, PT, Pharmacy, and PA?

What GPA must I maintain to be considered a competitive candidate for health professional school?

Can I be accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Careers certificate program in the Spring semester?

Who will write my letters of recommendation?

What if I don’t know any of my professors well enough to ask for a letter?

When should I meet with Pre-Health Advisors?

Where is the Pre-Health Advising Office located?

What are some medical and health-professions schools that Hunter students have been accepted to?

What services does the Hunter College Pre-Health Advising Office offer to Pre-Health students?

How do other professional/medical schools calculate Credit/No Credit classes?

What is the acceptance rate for Macaulay Honors students at Hunter College?

Which medical schools accept applications from international applicants?

What resources are there for Pre-meds?

Which medical schools are using the Multiple Mini Interview?

 

 

 

 

What is the role of the Pre-Health Advising Office?

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides guidance and support to students who intend to pursue a health-related profession. Students are encouraged to seek advice regarding the classes required for their respective health profession, graduate school standardized admissions tests, acquisition of letters of recommendations, personal statements, extracurricular activities, and the various application services. The Pre-Health Advising Office DOES NOT keep academic records, DOES NOT register students for courses or handle the transfer of credits to Hunter College from other institutions, NOR does our office keep a list of courses that are transferable to Hunter’s curriculum. For these questions and others related to your academic record, please refer to either the Admissions office (212-396-6047), or the Registrar’s office (212-772-4474).

What health professions does the Pre-Health Advising Office assist with?

The Pre-Health Advising Office assists students who are pursuing medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy.

Is the Pre-Health program a major at Hunter?

There is NO Pre-Health major. Pre-Health students can choose any major, but are required to take the pre-requisite requirements for their chosen health profession. These course requirements can be accessed on our website under the tab COURSE REQUIREMENTS. The websites of the programs that you are considering should also be consulted.

Do I have to major in a science?

NO. Beyond taking the required science and math courses for your chosen health professions career, you can major in the field that most interests you. Please keep in mind that if you are receiving Financial Aid, it may be in your best interest to choose a major that aligns well with the Pre-Med requirements as certain forms of Financial Aid will only cover or pay for courses required by your major or academic plan.

What are some steps I should take to start my Pre-Health track at Hunter College?

Students should start a PRE-HEALTH FILE as soon as possible in your undergraduate years at Hunter by attending an “Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student” workshop. Two weeks following attendance at this mandatory workshop, the student will receive an email containing a PRE-HEALTH ID NUMBER and a link to a REGISTRATION FORM. Students must complete this form using the ID number and link. To activate the file, you must attend the seven required workshops, complete 12 credits of science at Hunter (9 credits for a transfer student), and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Additionally, you should join the Pre-Health listserv using your HUNTER COLLEGE email address in order to receive daily information about workshops, events, resources, and opportunities. Additionally, students can also schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor or attend weekly walk-in advising hours or group advising sessions for further advice regarding curriculum, activities, and requirements.

Do I just need to register to an event to get attendance credit?

If you register to attend an event and do not attend, you will not receive credit for that event. Our office keeps and maintains an attendance record of each and every event. We know who attends and who does not attend each event. It is the responsibility of the student to sign in with the person taking attendance at the event in order to receive attendance credit. It is NOT AN EXCUSE that you did not see anyone taking attendance at the event.

ONLY REGISTER if you are certain you will attend, because you're taking up space that can otherwise be provided to a student who will attend. If for some reason you will not be able to attend an event, sign back into your account and decline so that other students can be accommodated in your place.

§· For regular events, you must remain for at least 1 hour in order to receive attendance credit.

§· For workshops, such as the Committee Letter workshop or the Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student workshop, you must remain for the ENTIRE presentation in order to receive credit.

Which events count toward my 3 Pre-Health events per semester requirement?

To receive credit towards your 3 Pre-Health event per semester requirement, you must attend those events hosted by Hunter’s Pre-Health Advising office, OR those hosted by any Hunter Pre-Health club/organization. Any event that is hosted by a different institution or organization will not count towards fulfilling your requirement.

The mandatory workshops required for the activation of the pre-health file DO count towards fulfillment of the 3 event per semester requirement (6 per academic year).

What are the required courses for the health professions?

The basic pre-requisite courses for health professions graduate schools include the following: Biology I & II with lab, General Chemistry I & II with lab, Organic Chemistry I & II with lab, Physics I & II with lab, Calculus I & II, Statistics, and at least 6 credits of English/literature coursework. Other highly recommended courses include Biochemistry with lab, Psychology, Sociology, Genetics, Microbiology, and Cell Biology I and II. The website provides more detailed course requirements for each health profession under the tab COURSE REQUIREMENTS.

Can I use AP credits to fulfill my Pre-Health requirements?

It depends on the schools and the courses. If you use AP credit to place out of an introductory science course, it is in your best interest to “replace” that course with an upper level course with laboratory in that discipline. Speak with a Pre-Health adviser to be sure that your course work will fulfill the pre-requisites for health professions schools.

What science credits can I transfer to Hunter from my previous institution?

To find out what credits are transferrable to Hunter College, please contact the Admissions office at (212) 396-6047.

Can I take e-permit science courses to speed up my studies at Hunter?

While you do have the option to take e-permit courses from other CUNY institutions, the Pre-Health Advising Office does not recommend that students take more than one or two e-permit courses because, for purposes of your Pre-Health file and the Committee Letter, e-permit courses are·not·factored into your 38 science credits requirement, nor are they factored into your Hunter science GPA calculation. Taking more than two e-permit courses will only hinder your chances of qualifying for a Committee Letter, and/or qualifying for a Pre-Health file.

Do e-permit science courses count towards fulfilling my Pre-Health course requirements?

NO. Only science courses taken at Hunter count towards satisfying the required credits for opening a Pre-Health file and obtaining a Committee Letter.

 

How many hours of volunteering should I complete?

Clinical Hours:·200 hours minimum
Examples:·
Shadowing doctors/physicians, working at a clinical office where you interact with patients, volunteering in a hospital, volunteering or working as an EMT, volunteering or working as a medical scribe, and other health services with patient interaction. The recommendation letter should indicate the student’s hours.

Non-Medical Community Service Hours:·
150-200 hours minimum
Examples
: Volunteering at your local church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship, feeding the homeless, unpaid academic tutoring, volunteering with the American Red Cross or other service organizations, volunteering at a home for the elderly, or providing services to an underserved community. Other popular service programs are the “Let’s Get Ready: Students Helping Students to and through College,” “Project HAPPY-NYC Service,” “Give Kids a Smile,” and “Peer Health Exchange.” The recommendation letter should indicate the student’s hours.

Research Hours for MD/DO/MD-PhD:·six months or one summer program minimum. For a student pursuing MD-PhD, a minimum of two years of research is required, preferably with multiple labs. Abstracts and publications will also be
Examples:··
Volunteer clinical or bench lab research opportunities at Hunter or through an outside academic or medical institution. The Research Supervisor will document the student’s hours.

Note:·The hours stated here are the minimum recommended. Do not view this as a rule. You will want to gain experiences which you enjoy; don't sign up because you need to check a box; do it because it appeals to you.

Where can I find non-health-related community service opportunities?

Students can visit the following websites to research community service opportunities in New York City:

Peer Health Exchange

New York Cares

NYCservice.org

NYC.gov

Volunteermatch.org

America Heart Association

 

Do I need to open a file if I am interested in Nursing, OT, PT, Pharmacy, and PA?

Students pursuing PT, Pharmacy, and PA do need to open a pre-health file in order to upload their letters of recommendation in connection with their application and to receive advice and guidance on fulfilling course requirements and application review. Students interested in PT, Pharmacy, and PA should also join the Pre-Health List Serv in order to take advantage of programs and events in their area of interest that our office provides. These students should also take advantage of the information provided on our website www.hunter.cuny.edu/prehealth regarding course requirements and resource materials.

Students interested in Nursing do not need to open a file and should seek advice and guidance from the School of Nursing at Hunter College.

Students pursuing Occupational Therapy do not need to open a file; however, these students can see our advisors for guidance and application review.

What GPA must I maintain to be considered a competitive candidate for health professional school?

A student with a GPA of 3.6 or higher is considered to be a competitive candidate for the health professions. The higher your GPA, especially in the sciences, the stronger your application. A good balance of a competitive GPA and strong performance on the applicable standardized exam---MCAT, DAT, VAT, PCAT, OAT, or GRE---will serve you well, however, there are many individual factors at play in the admissions process, and there is no one magic formula that will get you accepted.

Can I be accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Careers certificate program in the Spring semester?

Applicants are only accepted in the Fall semester. You can apply to the certificate program in any semester, but admittance into the program will only be during the Fall semester of the following year.

Who will write my letters of recommendation?

When you apply to medical school with a Committee Letter of Letter Packet, you will need to have at least five letters of recommendation from faculty and others (such as research mentors and supervisors in clinical work) and five teacher evaluations from instructors who can speak to your potential and readiness to become a health professional. You must make the effort to get to know your instructors by going to office hours and staying after class to ask questions. You must also participate in class discussions and lab work.· Let your instructors know early on that you are interested in a career in the health professions. If you can, take multiple courses with the same professor, you will have a better opportunity to build a relationship with that professor.

What if I don’t know any of my professors well enough to ask for a letter?

If you are in your first year at Hunter you will have time to develop professional relationships with your professors; so that by the time you’re applying, this isn’t an issue. It may seem intimidating at first to walk into office hours and start conversations, but the more practice you gain, the easier it will be. Starting in your first semester, make it your goal to get to know one faculty member well; by the time you apply, you’ll have developed relationships with at least two professors.

When should I meet with Pre-Health Advisors?

Students should meet with a Pre-Health Advisor at least once per semester to review course selection and to continue the development of the Pre-Health portfolio.

Where is the Pre-Health Advising office?

Our main office is located in the Pre-Professional Suite, Hunter East, Rooms 710, 716, 715, and 714. Our offices are on the 7th floor by the bridge between Hunter East and Hunter West.

What are some medical and health professional schools Hunter students have been accepted to?

§· Albert Einstein College of Medicine

§· Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

§· Harvard Medical School

§· Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

§· New York Medical College

§· New York University College of Dentistry

§· Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine

§· Stony Brook University School of Medicine

§· SUNY Downstate Medical College

§· University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

§· Weill Medical College of Cornell University

§· Yale School of Medicine

What services does the Hunter College Pre-Health Advising Office offer to Pre-Health students?

§· The Health Professions Advising Office– has three full-time staff members who advise students. Advisers are available through walk-in hours and individual appointments.

§· Pre-Health Student Organizations – these are student-run clubs that provide support, resources and programming for fellow Pre-Health students.

§· Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student workshop – this workshop is specifically geared to help pre-health students understand the process of opening a file and applying to medical school. This session is offered to give students a basic understanding of what it means to be Pre-Health student at Hunter. Topics covered include: academic expectations, how to develop your Pre-Health portfolio and characteristics of a competitive applicant.

§· Pre-Health Advising (PHA) Website – ··Our website provides a wealth of information about all you need to know about being a Pre-health student at Hunter College. Visit our website at www.hunter.cuny.edu/prehealth

§· Pre-Health Advising (PHA) on Facebook and Twitter – we will send reminders for upcoming events, and share links to interesting articles, at www.facebook.com/HunterPre-Health ·and Hunter Pre-Health

§· Pre-Health Listserv – Join the PREMEDINFO-L listserv for internship and research opportunities, health-related events on campus, and other information relevant to Pre-Health students. Joining the listserv will also give you up-to-date information regarding the health professions and the Pre-Health Office.

§· Workshops – the Pre-Health Advising office offers workshops on topics such as Writing the Personal Statement, Getting Effective Recommendation Letters, Getting Research and Clinical Experience, Interviewing, and many more helpful topics.

§· Mock Interviews – PHA office provides applicants with interview practice, and feedback on strengths and weaknesses of their candidacies.

§· Committee Letter –The committee letter is a composite letter that incorporates all of the information in a student's file, and its narrative includes quotations from evaluations and letters of recommendation as well as impressions derived from the personal statement and an interview. Many health professions schools prefer committee letters to individual letters, which may not be as comprehensive.

How do other professional/medical schools calculate Credit/No Credit classes?

AADSAS GPA Calculation System: Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit, Withdrawals, Incompletes, CLEP, AP courses are not counted in the Dental School GPA calculations.

AMCAS Calculation System: Credit is calculated as a C and··No Credit as an F (0.0),··Withdrawals do not get factored in to the calculation and if a course is retaken, both grades must be listed and entered.
When entering coursework, you must include information and corresponding grades for every course in which you have ever enrolled at any U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution, regardless of whether you earned credit. This includes, but is not limited to, withdrawals, repeats, failures, incompletes, and future coursework. Courses removed from your transcripts or GPA as a result of academic bankruptcy, forgiveness, or similar institutional policies must also be included.

AACOMAS Calculation System: CR/NC and Withdrawals are not calculated into the AACOMAS GPA. Foreign coursework will not be included in the GPAs. In addition, any course in which a grade of withdrawal, pass/no-pass (CR/NC), audit, incomplete, exempted or not yet enrolled is specifically indicated on your official transcript, will not be included in the GPAs.

VMCAS Calculation System: VMCAS has a GPA calculation system, however, many veterinary schools choose not to use it and instead calculate GPA’s using their own system.·Either way, it is likely that your VMCAS GPA will be different than your Hunter GPA.·There are no outlined equivalencies for Credit/No Credit or Withdrawals on VMCAS.

CASPA Calculation System: CASPA does not allow for grade forgiveness - CASPA calculates all grades, no matter if the course was re-taken, into the GPA.
·Credit/No Credit functions the same as Pass/Not Pass and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory – they are not calculated as a letter grade since they were never assigned a letter grade and do not go into the numerical GPA. However, they do appear in the third GPA table which records ungraded credit. They would show up there as “Pass Credits” or “Fail Credits.”·
This would be the policy of each individual program as to whether they will accept NC/CR grades for their prerequisites. If this information cannot be found on their website, I would recommend contacting the admissions office directly.

CASPA Calculation System:·The following types of course types are not counted in the PharmCAS GPA calculations.

··········CLEP

··········Audit

··········Deferred

··········Institutional/Departmental Exam

··········International Baccalaureate

··········Incomplete

··········Pass/Fail

··········Withdrawn/Withdrawn Passing

··········Withdrawn Failing

··········Advanced Placement

What is the acceptance rate for Macaulay Honors students at Hunter College?

Which medical schools accept applications from international applicants?

The schools listed below·accept·applications from international applicants:



Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California·

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

University of California, Davis School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA·

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine·

University of Connecticut School of Medicine·

Yale University School of Medicine

The George Washington U. School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Georgetown University School of Medicine·

Howard University College of Medicine·

Emory University School of Medicine

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine·

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Northwestern U. Feinberg School of Medicine

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine·

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine·

Boston University School of Medicine·

Harvard Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine·

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School·

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons·

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Stony Brook U. School of Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University·

Weill Cornell Medical College·

Duke University School of Medicine·

U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine·

Case Western Reserve U. School of Medicine

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson U.·

Pennsylvania State U. College of Medicine

Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the U. of Pennsylvania·

U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine·

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University·

Vanderbilt U. School of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine·

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

University of Utah School of Medicine·

University of Virginia School of Medicine

West Virginia
·University·School of Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin

 

What resources are there for Pre-meds?

The AAMC website provides helpful information regarding

Getting Into Medical School
MCAT Essentials
A Path To Medical School
Anatomy of an Applicant

 

Which medical schools are using the MMI?

MD schools:

     ········· Albany Medical College

     ········· California Northstate

     ········· Central Michigan University

     ········· Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

     ········· Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (hybrid—traditional + MMI)

     ········· Duke University

     ········· Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

     ········· New York Medical College

     ········· New York University

     ········· Nova Southeastern (MD)

     ········· Oregon Health and Science University

     ········· Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

     ········· San Juan Bautista (Puerto Rico)

     ········· Stanford University

     ········· SUNY Upstate

     ········· Tufts University (Maine Track only)

     ········· Universidad Central Del Caribe (Puerto Rico)

     ········· University of Alabama (hybrid)

     ········· University of Arizona

     ········· University of California-Davis

     ········· University of California-Los Angeles

     ········· University of California-Riverside

     ········· University of California-San Diego

     ········· University of Cincinnati

     ········· University of Colorado

     ········· University of Massachusetts

     ········· University of Michigan (hybrid)

     ········· University of Minnesota Twin Cities

     ········· University of Mississippi

     ········· University of Missouri-Kansas City

     ········· University of Nevada

     ········· University of South Carolina Greenville (hybrid)

     ········· University of Texas – Austin

     ········· University of Toledo

     ········· University of Utah (hybrid)

     ········· University of Vermont

     ········· Virginia Commonwealth

     ········· Virginia Tech Carilion

     ········· Wake Forest

     ········· Wayne State (hybrid)

     ········· Western Michigan University (hybrid)

DO schools:

     ········· AT Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

     ········· Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

     ········· Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

     ········· Pacific Northwest College of Osteopathic Medicine

     ········· University of North Texas

········· University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

········· Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (hybrid)

 

 

 

 

 

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