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Pre-Health Program

Pre-Health Program

Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-PA, Pre-PT, Pre-Vet, and Other Pre-Health

Students who have declared themselves pre-med, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-PA, or pre-other health professions are all part of our comprehensive Pre-Health Program. At Marist, you will find individual advising, health-related clubs, workshops, internships, and a committee to support students in a diverse array of health career options. The structure of our program provides for flexibility as you go through the process of deciding exactly what you would like to do in healthcare.


The Marist Pre-Health Program is committed to helping students and alumni in discerning and pursuing their goals for a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and many other health professions. The program encourages a comprehensive approach to the education, skills, and character required for individuals seeking a career of service in the health professions.

To meet this mission, the Pre-Health Program will provide individual career and academic advice, workshops and guest speakers, career-planning resources, student organizations, and healthcare shadowing experiences.

We also collaborate with the Center for Multicultural Affairs to provide specific programs and advising for students who are Underrepresented in Medicine (Latinx, Hispanic, Black, African American, Alaska/Hawaii Native, Native American, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, First-Generation College Students, and Students who come from Medically Underserved Areas).

Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-PA, Pre-Other, or still deciding? What does that mean?

If you are a pre-health student, you are considering a career in one of the professional healthcare fields including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, or one of many other possible health professions. Preparation for a health professions schools can be very specific, so Marist has the Pre-Health Program Coordinator and Pre-Health Committee to help you navigate the process.

Students who are interested in the health professions tend to be individuals who have a strong interest in science, the desire to help others, and the willingness, even passion, to work hard.   

What do you need to do to be a successful pre-health student?

You need to show two things:

  1. You can handle advanced science coursework.
  2. You are a person of integrity who is strongly committed to helping people.   

The above broad categories cover everything that graduate health professions schools look for in a student. How you demonstrate these characteristics will vary from student to student, however, you should consider the following:

  • You must do well in your academic course work.
  • You must be a person of integrity, working hard from the first day that you step onto the Marist campus.
  • You should be involved in activities that show your commitment to helping others.
  • You should get experience in a health professions office or clinic so that you are sure that this is the career you should be pursuing.
  • You should look for opportunities to be involved in scientific or medically related research.

Many students coming to Marist and declare themselves pre-med, pre-dental, or pre-something else, while others only know that they love science and want to help people. At Marist, we support all of those students.

See below for specific information for:

If you are a high school student, parent of a high school student, or high school advisor, please feel free to get more information on our high-school information page.

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

A Note from the Pre-Health Program Coordinator

Lisa Stephens, Director of Pre-Health Program at Marist CollegeThe love of science and the desire to care for others is the basis for becoming a health care provider. As the Pre-Health Program Coordinator at Marist, I am here to help take you from the first step down the path of undergraduate education, over the obstacles of applying to health professions graduate schools, to graduation from Marist. To assist both you and me in this process there is a Pre-Health Committee consisting of faculty members from throughout the Marist campus.

Marist alumni have had great success in their applications to health professions schools and in their healthcare careers, we would like for you to be our next success story. For information on how to make that happen, please contact me at extension 2280 or by email at I look forward to working with you. To learn more about Dr. Stephens please go to

Pre-Health Committee

What does the Marist College Pre-Health Committee do?

  • Meets regularly to assess and discuss the process of advising pre-health students
  • Assesses the files of students requesting committee letters and determines their eligibility
  • Composes a composite letter of evaluation for students who are eligible
  • Recommends policies for pre-health programs
  • Helps the Pre-Health Program Coordinator and Dean of Science advise and prepare students and alumni for their applications to health professions schools
  • Works with students to bring out the strengths of their applications

The goals of the Committee are:

  • To help each student discover which areas of health care, if any, are most appropriate for their career and life goals
  • To maximize the likelihood of admission for each qualified student or alum to health care programs

The members of the committee include: 

  • Dr. Lisa Stephens, Chair (Chemistry, Pre-Health Program Coordinator)
  • Professor Amy Cahill, Internship Coordinator for the Health Professions (Biology)
  • Professor Kristin Dragos (Biology)
  • Dr. Joanne Gavin (Business)
  • Dr. Michael Powers (Athletic Training)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Quinn (Psychology)
  • Dr. Andrew Ryder (Biology)
  • Dr. James Snyder (Philosophy and Honors)
  • Dr. Christina Fojas (PA Program - Advisory Member)
  • Dean Alicia Slater (ex officio)