Associated Programs

SUNY College at Old Westbury is pleased to work with other educational organizations to ensure students have access to a wide variety of services and programs to meet their academic desires.

Information for Students Preparing for Careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Osteopathy, Podiatry, and Optometry

The information here should serve only as an introduction, and the student is advised to consult other sources, some of which are referred to herein, as well as the pre-health professions advisors (listed herein) for more comprehensive information.SUNY College at Old Westbury provides excellent instruction in all of the science and nonscience courses that are either required or strongly recommended as entrance criteria for colleges of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry, and optometry. The specific minimum criteria for each of these professions are listed below. While most pre-health careers students choose to major in a science area, this is by no means a requirement. Students can major in any subject as long as the minimum academic criteria for admission are achieved.The pre-health careers program at the College at Old Westbury has been in existence since 1972, when the College was very young. Since that time, the program has had remarkable success in preparing students for studies in the major health sciences. Particularly notable is the college's success in preparing a significant number of minority students and women for such studies.

Health Professions Advisory Committee

Advisement for studies leading to the health professions is offered by the college's Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), which consists of:

Information especially helpful to minority students

Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools


Admission Tests

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): This test is required for all US colleges of medicine, osteopathy and podiatry. Generally, students preparing for medical school should plan to take the MCAT in the spring of the junior year or early summer thereafter.Dental Admission Test (DAT): Required by all US schools of dentistry. The DAT is offered throughout the year. Generally applicants should be prepared to take the DAT one year prior to the intended admission date; however applicants are advised to consult the specific dental schools regarding their policies on testing dates.Optometry Admission Test (OAT): Required by all US colleges of optometry.

Application Services

Both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Dental Schools provide application services that considerably reduce the amount of time applicants must spend filling out applications. A single application is submitted to the service which then distributes copies to schools designated by the student.American Medical College Application ServicesAmerican Association of Dental Schools Application Service

Note: Not all medical and dental schools participate in these services. Participating schools are shown in the publications listed above.

Application services are also available for colleges of osteopathic medicine and podiatry. See the advisors for further information or check the websites indicated below.

Summary of Requirements for Admission to Professional Schools

Listed below are minimum requirements for admission to professional schools in the health area. Students should realize, however, that it is wise to plan to take more science courses than would meet minimum standards. A broad range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences is also strongly recommended. To be considered a good candidate for admission on the basis of minimum requirements requires exceptionally good performance. The large majority of candidates with whom you will be competing have gone well beyond minimum requirements. You should plan to do the same.

Medical Schools:

Minimum requirements (may vary somewhat from school to school).

Biology 1 year
Chemistry 2 years (through organic chemistry)
Physics 1 year
Mathematics through calculus 
Statistics is strongly recommended
English 1 year

In addition to the above, some dental schools require other courses, such as:

Mathematics 1 year
Psychology 1 semester
Social Sciences 
Several semester
1 semester

It is important that you examine Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools to determine the specific requirements for schools to which you will apply.For further information go to the websites given above.

Colleges of Optometry:

For information on optometry: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (“ASCO”) website

Minimum requirements (these vary quite a bit):

Biology 1 year
Chemistry 1 or 2 years
Physics 1 year
Mathematics most require at least 
one semester 
of Calculus
English 1 year

Most schools have a minimum requirement of two years undergraduate work.

Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:

For information on osteopathic medicine: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) website

Minimum requirements (may vary somewhat from school to school):

Biology 1 year
Chemistry 2 years (through organic chemistry)
Physics 1 year
English 1 year
Mathematics no information available

Most colleges of osteopathic medicine require a minimum of three years of undergraduate work. The MCAT is also a requirement.

Colleges of Podiatry

For information on podiatry: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) website

Minimum requirements (may vary somewhat)

Biology 1 year
Chemistry 2 years (through organic chemistry)
Physics 1 year
Mathematics not specified
English 1 year

A minimum of two years of undergraduate study is required for admission to colleges of podiatric medicine. Most students accepted for admissions have, however, completed four years of undergraduate study. The MCAT is also a requirement.

Schools where Old Westbury Students Have Enrolled

The following is a partial listing of schools in the major health professions that have enrolled Old Westbury's graduates and post-baccalaureate students:

  • Harvard University (medical)
  • University of Chicago (medical)
  • Vanderbilt University (medical)
  • Case Western Reserve (medical and dental)
  • Hahnemann University School of Medicine (medical)
  • Jefferson Medical College (medical)
  • Marquette University (medical)
  • SUNY/Stony Brook (Medical)
  • SUNY/Buffalo (dental)
  • SUNY/Upstate Medical Center (medical)
  • Boston University (medical and dental)
  • Howard University (dental)
  • Meharry Medical College (medical)
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (medical)
  • Bowman-Gray (Wake Forest University) School of Medicine (Medical)
  • Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
  • U.H.S. Chicago Medical School (medical)
  • Sackler School of Medicine (medical)
  • New York Medical College (medical)
  • Tufts University (medical)
  • New York University Dental School
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine