First-year Students

Interested in medical school? Dental school? PA programs? Pharmacy? Optometry? Occupational Therapy? Physical Therapy? Podiatry? Chiropractic? Naturopathic medicine? This is the place to start!

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Most graduate programs in the health professions will accept students from ANY major. However, they always have a list of Pre-Requisite Courses that students must have on their transcript in order to apply. For medical and dental school, the list is pretty standard. For PA, pharmacy, and others, the list often varies from one program to another. Check the Admissions Requirements page at each school you plan to apply to for a list of required courses.

Informational Meetings

Throughout the year, Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising offers informational meetings, which include meetings specially geared for first-year students.

Hands-on Health Experience

The Getting Health Experience page provides a range of opportunities and approaches to getting hands-on experience.

Intro for First-year Students

This introductory talk was developed by the UMass Amherst Pre-med/Pre-health Advisors for freshmen considering medical school.

Freshman: finding your path to medical school

AAMC Steps to Medical School

AAMC Steps to Medical School

AAMC Core Competencies

The Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students have been endorsed by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs Committee on Admissions. The competencies fall into four categories: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Thinking and Reasoning, and Science.

AAMC Advising Tips

This AAMC Advising Guide outlines how to maximize your time with a pre-health advisor.

Heath Professions Resources

UMass BaccMD Pathway

The UMass BaccMD Pathway Program is a partnership between the UMass Medical School and UMass Amherst.