Pre-Med and Pre-Health Department

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Programs

What does it mean to be a pre-health student? 

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 a Pre-Health Advisor 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.

Many students coming to Marist and declare themselves pre-med, while others only know that they want to help people. 

A Note from the Advisor to the Health Professions

The love of science and the desire to care for others is the basis for becoming a health care provider. As the Advisor to the Health Professions 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 professions committee consisting of 10 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.