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Premedical Studies Program Overview

Premedical Studies is designed for students interested in entering medical school, dental school, veterinary school etc., following graduation. Premedical Studies is not a 'major'; students may major in any field of study and still go to medical school provided they have completed the science course prerequisites for the programs to which they are applying. Students interested in premedical studies should contact the Chair of the Premedical Studies Committee as soon as possible in their academic career at Rider. Students and candidates interested in a professional health care career may be interested in checking out Rider's Pre-Allied Health Advising Program as well.

Program Requirements

To remain in the premedical studies program students must maintain overall and science GPAs of 3.0 or better; seek academic advising from the Chair of the Premedical Studies Committee every semester; sign up for an interview with the Premedical Studies Committee every year and; release the results of pre-professional standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT, DAT) to the Chair of the Premedical Studies committee.

Premedical Studies Course Requirements

The following Rider courses will fulfill the requirements for applying to most medical schools:

  • Three semesters of introductory biology with labs: BIO 115, BIO 115L, BIO 116, BIO 116L, BIO 117, BIO 117L
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs: CHE 120, CHE 121, CHE 122, CHE 123
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with labs: CHE 211, CHE 213, CHE 214, CHE 216
  • Two semesters of physics with labs: PHY 100, PHY 100L, PHY 101, PHY 101L or PHY 200, PHY 200L, PHY 201, PHY 201L

Additional courses, such as mathematics through calculus and other biology or chemistry courses, may be required by specific medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Note to International Applicants
International applicants are at a significant disadvantage when applying to medical schools in the United States.  Many schools will not even consider an applicant who is not either a citizen or permanent resident, for example.  More information can be found at the website of the American Association of Medical Colleges and at US News and World Report.

Questions about the program, please contact:

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B.A., Colgate University; Ph.D.,Vanderbilt University. He studies the effects of stress on health and disease, neural-immune interactions, and environmental influences on behavior. Dr. Karp came to Rider in 1997.