Course Planning

If you are interested in planning your coursework to prepare for a career in the health professions, you’ve come to the right place. The flyers attached below are designed to outline available resources and give you an introduction to things you should be considering as you plan for a career in the health professions. The list below is a minimum, and we recommend that you carefully read our recommended courses page as well. Be sure to investigate specific program requirements, and plan early.

At a minimum, most schools require you to present some or all of the following undergraduate courses:
  • Biochemistry: Strongly recommended, and required by some programs. Is required for the MCAT.
  • Biology: 2 semesters, with lab. Some schools require more, and some require specific courses, such as microbiology and biochemistry.
  • Chemistry: 4 semesters, with lab, to include a year of inorganic and a year of organic chemistry.
  • English: 2 semesters. These must be writing intensive courses and having an ENG prefix is preferable.
  • Mathematics & Statistics: 1-2 semesters, often including calculus.
  • Physics: 2 semesters, with lab.
  • Social science: Often 1-2 semesters are required in specific courses. The new MCAT will require Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology for the new Behavioral section.
Note that courses required for some programs -- such as Animal Nutrition and Anatomy & Physiology -- are not offered on the MHC campus. You will need to plan to take these at UMass or another campus. In general, online courses and courses taken at Community Colleges (after enrolling at MHC) will not suffice.  Again, investigate specific program requirements and plan early!
If you are thinking of public health, consider the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health and Science (CHS) as a minor. The Five College Program allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The CHS program facilitates collaboration among the five colleges by maintaining a list of health-related courses offered on each of the five campuses, as well as a mailing list for students to learn about health-related events.
See the recommended courses page for more detailed information, or download the flyers below for hard copies.