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Pre-Health (minor only)

Pre-health is a minor that helps students define their career goals, complete the necessary requirements and become competitive applicants to professional schools, like medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy or other health profession programs.

Why Choose Pre-Health?

Working in healthcare is highly rewarding. You will make a difference in people’s lives and have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health professionals will grow much faster than the average for all occupations during the next 10 years.

The pre-health minor at Manhattan College is designed to provide students with the necessary foundation for a career in the health professions. Because the prerequisites for graduate and professional programs can vary substantially depending on your chosen career path, there are pre-health advisors in addition to a faculty advisor, who can help you design a program of study that is right for you and your goals.

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Faculty Guidance

Your faculty advisor will get to know you — personally and professionally. He or she will help you choose the right combination of core courses and electives to best prepare you for graduate study.

Real-World Experience

Co-curricular experiences are equally important. Your advisor will encourage you to find clinical shadowing, volunteer work, and leadership experience. In addition, many students will participate in co-curricular research, such as our Research Scholars program. Encountering scholarship in the real world will enhance your academic experience and ignite your professional journey.

Expert Advising

You will be encouraged to work with pre-health advisors — part of the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement. These pre-health advisors specialize in planning for after graduation. In other words, he or she will help you with the process from beginning to end:

  • Discover your interests and career goals
  • Get research and work experience
  • Prepare and send your applications
  • Prepare for interviews

Manhattan College provides extra guidance for pre-health students. The Center for graduate School and Fellowship Advisement works closely with the Health Professions Advisory Committee, a body of faculty members who give guidance to students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry and allied health fields.

What Will You Learn?


If your goal is to become a doctor or dentist, you can be any major or minor as long as you fulfill all the prerequisite courses for entrance to medical or dental school. These usually include:

  • Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Genetics
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What Will You Do?

You will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree from medicine, dentistry or veterinary schools. Through small class sizes, one-on-one advising and direct access to research and volunteer opportunities, we will help you become a competitive applicant to professional schools in health, which includes:

  • Academic excellence and exceptional academic performance
  • Co-curricular activities and student leadership
  • Clinical experience and commitment to serving community
  • Other experiential activities such as volunteer and research experience
  • Strong standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, PCAT)
  • Good letters of recommendation