Students who wish to prepare for any of the medical science professions (medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, veterinary medicine) may do so at Ithaca College in a variety of ways. No specific major is required to prepare for the above professions, but the following minimum requirements apply to each of these:
Biology (with lab) - 1 year
Chemistry (General or Inorganic) (with lab) - 1 year
Chemistry (Organic) (with lab) - 1 year
Physics (with lab) - 1 year
English - 1 year
Courses recommended but not required by the professional schools vary but include advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math. In any event, all such course work is available at the college. Students interested in any of the medical sciences should inform their academic advisor during their freshman year. This will ensure that their academic program is planned in such a way as to meet all requirements for professional school by the end of their junior year. For those deciding late to enter one of the professions, applications (with completion of the required courses) must be made one year before planning to enter.
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Graduates of Ithaca College have entered into various medical professional schools and are now in practice. Criteria for entrance into any of these fields are constantly changing. The chances of a student being accepted in any of the medical professions vary with the year. The chair of the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee may be consulted for the current criteria and acceptance rates.