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A CAREER IN HEALTH OR MEDICINE
If you are considering applying to a health professions program (medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, etc.) after graduation, there is an extensive set of required courses you must complete. These requirements vary according to the profession and by the individual schools. Requirements/recommendations often look like this:
|Biology||2 courses with lab|
|English||2 courses (one will be WRITING 101)|
|General/Inorganic Chemistry||2 courses with lab|
|Math||Calculus required for Physics + a few medical |
schools have a math requirement
|Organic Chemistry||2 courses with lab|
|Physics||2 courses with lab|
Consult departmental handbooks for how specific courses are incorporated into the engineering curriculum. For more information on Prehealth see prehealth.duke.edu/prepare.
Prehealth courses at Duke are rigorous, and you’ll want to plan your prehealth schedule carefully. Prehealth students begin this fall in chemistry and math, and then will add biology in the spring. AP, IPC or PMC credit may be used for some requirements. See the Office of Health Professions Advising website for more details. Here are some things you should do as a pre-health student this year:
- Read the information on the prehealth website. Visit prehealth.duke.edu/prepare.
- FOR PRATT STUDENTS ONLY: Enroll in math and chemistry courses this fall. Consult with a Pratt advisor about how these requirements are incorporated into your engineering curriculum.
- Attend a Prehealth Info Session when they are offered.
- Schedule an appointment with your prehealth advisor (assigned according to your residence hall) at some point in the Fall semester, after you are settled in your classes and begin to think about future plans. Use this appointment to review requirements and plan your future prehealth courses and experiences.
- Sign up for prehealth email announcements. There is a link on the prehealth website.
For more information about prehealth requirements, visit the Office of Health Professions Advising website at prehealth.duke.edu/prepare.
PREHEALTH PATHS BEYOND STEM
You don’t have to major in a natural science to be a strong candidate for medical school. Duke’s Health Professions Advising Office encourages students to focus on what interests them most. Many Duke students interested in prehealth careers major in social sciences or humanities and are as successful with medical school admissions as those in a STEM field.
There is no defined program of prelaw courses at Duke, but there is a prelaw process. Being prelaw at Duke means discovering oneself, defining one’s life goals, determining a preferred lifestyle and developing a strategy for realizing these aspirations. For more information, visit https://advising.duke.edu/network/major-preprofessional/prelaw.
Students interested in careers in business, finance or entrepreneurship and innovation have many options at Duke. Visit https://advising.duke.edu/network/major-preprofessional/prebusiness for more information.