For Students Interested in the Health Professions
Over its long history, the College of the Holy Cross has maintained an excellent record in preparing students for entrance to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professional graduate schools. A student may complete a major in any discipline at Holy Cross and fulfill all the requirements for admission to medical, dental and other health professional schools. Health professions is not a major, minor, or concentration and has no graduation requirements. A student should select a major which corresponds to his or her qualifications and interests and not assume that a science major gives any advantage to health professional school applicants.
Different health professional schools have different requirements; some like allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental school have largely identical requirements while the requirements of programs like those for veterinary medicine, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, pharmacy and others are not standardized. The requirements of these diverse programs are in the links above but can be explored in detail from the links to health professional associations listed under the Online Resources menu item on the left.
Most medical students nationally and at Holy Cross apply to medical school after graduation from college. Students simply need the time to make this enormous decision and amass the record that will result in a successful application. Holy Cross offers lifetime advising and application support for all of its students and alumni.
For all students
A health professions advisor will be happy help a student develop a plan to meet requirements for the various health professions graduate schools, e.g., medical school, veterinary school, nursing school, etc. All students (and alumni) are encouraged to speak to the Health Professions Advisor or Associate Advisor for advice in gaining entrance to a graduate health professional school. Appointments are made by contacting the Health Professions Office.
Andrew Futterman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Health Professions Advisor
Miles Cahill, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Associate Health Professions Advisor
Please note: The Premedical and Predental Programs (Premed) Committee was renamed the Health Professions Advising Committee in 2009.