Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies

At Marist College, most students who seek to enter graduate and professional programs in the health sciences after graduation major in Athletic Training, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Medical Technology. Many health professional schools, including those in medicine, accept students who have majored in any academic field in which they have a strong interest. Regardless of the choice of major, however, students with career interest in medicine or the health professions generally must complete the courses listed below. Marist students choosing to major in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, the Chemistry/Biochemistry B.S. track, or the B.A Biochemistry track will automatically fulfill the set of course requirements listed above. Students in other majors may choose the above courses as electives as their schedules allow. Please note that Calculus I is pre-requisite for the General Physics courses.


1 year of General Biology, with laboratory BIOL 130 - 131
1 year of General Chemistry, with laboratory CHEM 131 - 132
1 year of Organic Chemistry, with laboratory CHEM 211 - 212 - 215 - 216
1 year of College Physics or General Physics, with laboratory PHYS 201-202 OR 211 - 212; and 213 - 214
1 year of English ENG 116 - 117
1 Semester of Calculus MATH 241
Please note that you are very strongly advised to complete these courses or their equivalents by the end of your sophomore year.


Pre-Medical Studies

In Their Own Words: C.J. Mimken ('12)

"My time at Marist has fully prepared me to handle the challenges of medical school. The course material at Marist is carefully aligned with [medical school and]...the required internships provided great exposure to the medical community..I owe a great deal of my success to the wonderful programs and professors at Marist College.”

CJ Mimken

In addition to a challenging academic curriculum which provides a strong scientific foundation for MCAT preparation and further study in medical school, Marist College provides specialized advising as well as several special programs for pre-medical students. We have formal internship programs with St. Francis Hospital, which is located directly across Route 9 from the College, and with Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a short drive away. We also offer special joint programs with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Sage College, New York Chiropractic College, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Marist College has a strong record of placement of students into medical schools. Since 1999,  over 70% of all Marist applicants were accepted to at least one medical school. Over the years, alumni of the School of Science have gained admission to allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools throughout the Northeast. These institutions include Georgetown Medical School,  Albany Medical College, New York Medical College, SUNY Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical College of Virginia, Downstate Medical Center, and Albert Einstein School of Medicine, just to name a few. Please visit our page on Applying to Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Schools for more information on the process of matriculating into these graduate programs.


Pre-Health Studies

In addition to preparation for medical schools, our curricula in the sciences support student preparation for entry into schools of Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Podiatry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic Medicine. Marist students are extremely successful gaining admission to these schools, with between 60-95% over the past five year (2007 to 2012) gaining entry to their chosen health profession school. Our alumni have graduated from the vet schools at Cornell and Penn, Duke's Physical Therapy program, the dental school at SUNY-Stony Brook, as well as dozens of other outstanding health professional programs.

Advisors to the Health Professions

Pre-Medical and other Pre-Health Professions students at Marist are advised by Dr. Joseph Bettencourt, Advisor to the Health Professions. Dr. Bettencourt, a member of the National Association of Advisors of the Health Professions, has over 35 years of experience advising and preparing students for admission to these schools. Dr. Bettencourt publishes a booklet titled "Student Guide to the Health Profession" PDF which is distributed free to any Marist student seeking information about preparing for these professions at Marist College. Additionally, students have access to our Pre-Health Professions Committee.

For complete information about Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professional Studies at Marist College, please contact Lisa Stephens at extension 2280 or by email at

Advisors to the Health Professions

In addition, the School of Science is consistently keeping a "pulse" on changes in the health related industry and do so with the assistants of our Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Advisory Board. The members of this board provide the school with valuable insight for our robust programs.


Please visit our page on the Advancing Health Sciences Fund for additional resources for our alumni.