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 a minimum of one year requirement normally apply to each of these:
- General/Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
Courses recommended but not required by the professional schools vary but include advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math. Some schools have additional requirements so it is very important to determine the precise requirements of the schools in which you are interested. In any event, all such course work is available at the college. Students interested in any of the medical sciences should contact a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (formerly known as the "Premedical Advisory Committee") during their freshman year. This will assure that the entire academic program is planned in such a way as to meet the requirements for professional school in a timely manner. For students wishing to enroll in professional school immediately after graduation, applications are submitted and all required coursework must be done a the end of their junior year.
Nationwide, the entering medical school (allopathic) class of 2010 had a mean science GPA of 3.62 and a mean overall GPA of 3.68. In some other health professions, due to the smaller number of applicants for the positions open, 3.0 average or better is usually necessary. There are specific admissions tests required for entrance to most of these professional schools, and the scores on these tests are also very important. Finally, a letter of recommendation from the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee is required. Since the number of applicants to professional schools is large, many of the medical science professional schools are now looking first at the cumulative GPA for the initial screening and also at the overall science GPA. Therefore, one's achievements during the first three years of college are most important, along with evidence of proficiency in science.
The success of students from Ithaca College gaining admission to professional schools has been excellent. This means, however, that the student must first meet the above criteria. Some students choose to apply with less than the suggested GPA and admission test scores, but the outlook for their acceptance is bleak. This situation exists no matter which undergraduate school the student attends.
The IC Health Professions Advisory Committee brings occasional speakers during the academic year to acquaint the students with the various fields within the health professions and with information about the application process. Students should actively seek to become aware of all the medical professions, para-medical professions and allied health fields. To assist them in this process, students have access to medical school information in the Lucille A. Schmieder Premedical Advising Center in 176 Center for Natural Sciences.