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PreMed - PreVet

Studying in the department of biology is an excellent choice as you begin your path toward medical or dental school. Our required classes meet most medical and dental pre-requisites, and success in our upper-level classes gets you ready for the challenges of your professional program.

As a Freshman student with an interest in one of the health professions, you will receive expert advice from your academic advisor. This will include advice in choosing classes, and guidance in non-academic activities that will help you prepare to apply for the program of your choice.

The Biology department offers focused advising to qualified Sophmore, Junior, and Senior students as they prepare to apply for medical and dental school. At this point, you will be assigned a pre-health advisor with whom you will work to plan for your application, and who will eventually write you a letter to support your application. If you plan to apply to another health-related program (e.g. physician’s assistant, pharmacy, nurse practitioner) you will continue working toward this goal with your academic advisor.

Apply for specialist Advising

Chair of Biology Pre-Health Program

Dr. Erin Bromage (email
SENG 327
Phone Extension (8218)

Pre-Med Advisors

Dr. Mark Silby (email)
Dr. Whitney Hable (email)
Dr. Robert Drew (email)
Dr. Dianna Barret (email)

Timeline (Med, Dent, Vet):

Freshman year - Fall

  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Begin planning your degree
  • Begin your pre-health activities
  • Join the UMass Dartmouth pre-health society
  • Register with the University Pre-Health Advising Director

Freshman year – Spring

Freshman Year - Summer

  • Apply for specialized pre-health advising in the Dept of Biology

Sophomore year - Fall

  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Continue your pre-health activities
  • Consider applying for UMass Chan Medical School's Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program (Med only)

Sophomore year – Spring

  • Continue your pre-health activities
  • Consider enrichment activities for the summer (e.g. research, ful-time volunteering)

Junior year

  • Meet with your assigned pre-health advisor
  • Plan to take your MCAT/DAT/ before Senior year
  • Arrange your recommendation letters
  • Decide upon your preferred schools
  • Complete your application materials
  • Interview with pre-health committee (late in the semester, or during summer)

Senior year – Fall (or preceding summer)


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