Required Coursework

Academic course requirements for health professional programs may be integrated into any major at Northeastern.

Students admitted to U.S. health professional programs come from ALL undergraduate majors. Medical schools appreciate academic diversity. Choose a major based on your interests. Undergraduate students should meet with both their major advisor and a PreMed/PreHealth Advisor to determine the best way to successfully complete their required coursework. College of Professional Studies (CPS) students should consult with the CPS Career and Academic Coaching Staff for PreMed and PreHealth Advising.

The courses listed below meet the course requirements of many health professional programs.

These are intended to provide a foundation in subject areas relevant to the student’s intended health professional program and its corresponding entrance exam.  It is the student’s responsibility to research the academic requirements for specific schools of interest, and work with their advisors to determine an appropriate course of study.

Common Courses

A typical course of study may include the following:

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs (or a combined General Chemistry course)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • 2 semesters of behavioral science coursework (1 semester of Psychology and 1 semester of Sociology)
  • Additional coursework across disciplines is often required or (e.g. natural science, behavioral science, social science and humanities coursework).

Prerequisites to medical school are school specific. Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements.

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab).
  • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab (recommended/required for some schools)
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • Additional coursework across disciplines is often required or (e.g. natural science, behavioral science, social science and humanities coursework).

Prerequisites to dental school are school specific. Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements.

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • 1 semester of Anatomy & Physiology
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • 1 semester of Psychology

Prerequisites to optometry school are school specific. Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements.

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Anatomy & Physiology with labs
  • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab)
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • Additional coursework across disciplines is often required or recommended (e.g. Psychology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, English, Spanish, Medical Terminology, etc.)

Prerequisites to PA school are extremely school specific it is important to create a detailed spreadsheet of your schools’ requirements early using a Prerequisite Tracking Sheet.

Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs (or a combined General Chemistry course)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • 2 semesters of behavioral science coursework (1 semester of Psychology and 1 semester of Sociology)
  • Additional coursework across disciplines is often required or (e.g. natural science, behavioral science, social science and humanities coursework).

Prerequisites to podiatry school are school specific. Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements.

  • 2 semesters of Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs (or a combined General Chemistry course)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab (prerequisites: Genetics & Molecular Biology with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • 2 semesters of Math (1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics)
  • 2 semesters of Writing Intensive/English Composition coursework
  • Additional coursework across disciplines is often required or (e.g. Microbiology, Animal Nutrition, social science and humanities coursework, etc.

Prerequisites to veterinary school are school specific. Please refer to the relevant website below, as well as official admissions guidebooks, for detailed course requirements.

Supporting Information