Individual health professions schools set their own admission requirements. However, all expect applicants to have a sound foundation in the sciences. We recommend the following courses for all premed, predental and prevet students. You can use the course pathways in AdviseStream to help you evaluate and then populate different course plans based on your background in the Academics and Engagements Planner.
|General Chemistry: 2 semesters with lab|
|Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters with lab|
|Biochemistry: 1 semester||
|Math: 1 semester|
|Biology: 3 semesters (2 with lab)||
|Physics: 2 semesters with lab||
|Statistics: 1 semester||
|English: 2 semesters||
|Psychology: 1 semester|
|Sociology: 1 semester||
AP/IPC credit may place you out of some courses; see the section on AP/IPC credit for details.
Follow the recommended Pratt schedule and work in prehealth courses wherever possible. You should substitute:
- BME 244L (Quantitative Physiology with Biostatistical Applications) instead of BIOLOGY 202L, the physiology and statistics. BIOLOGY 202L is optional (you may need to self-study any topics you are not familiar with)
Be careful of the English requirement. Writing 101 will serve as one semester, but you will need a second semester, which could be AP English or an English course at Duke or a course with a W code.
Follow the guidelines above but check the websites of dental schools to which you're interested in applying. Some schools may require additional coursework in Biology (e.g. Microbiology and Anatomy). See the Duke Predental website.
Follow the guidelines above and later on, check the websites of veterinary schools you are applying. Some schools may require/recommend Microbiology, Anatomy, sometimes a second semester of Biochemistry, Introductory Biochemistry II (BIOCHEM 302), as well as Animal Nutrition, Animal Science, and Public Speaking. Animal Science courses are not taught at Duke. You can enroll in these at North Carolina State University in Raleigh during the regular fall or spring semesters as interinstitutional courses. Alternatively, you may enroll in an accredited institution in the summer. More details on course recommendations for veterinary schools can be found at the Duke PreVet website.
Preparation for Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Pharmacy and Nursing
Begin with Math, Chemistry and Biology, then check the websites of schools to which you might apply. Requirements can vary greatly from school to school.
NOTE: If you are here on a visa, you face several obstacles. Many medical schools will only accept US citizens or permanent residents, so the number of schools you can apply to are fewer and these schools are often very selective and thus it is more difficult to gain admission. Additionally, US government funding and loans are not available to you. Nevertheless, each year we have a small number of international students who apply and are accepted to US medical schools or to foreign schools. You should plan to follow the prehealth courses recommended above and make sure to check the requirements of schools to which you are interested in applying. For more information, see the section on International Students under Apply.
The above list of courses satisfies requirements at most health professions schools, but some schools may have additional requirements. You should periodically check the websites of schools in your home state and any others you may apply, to see if they have additional requirements or recommendations and for their policy on AP credit.