Pre-Health and Pre-Vet : Overview

Quality Advising
Alfred University's Advisory Committee for the Health Professions guides students through the process that will make them competitive candidates for admission to the health-related profession or graduate program of their choice. Committee members are full-time teaching faculty from a wide variety of disciplines who are knowledgeable about admission requirements.

Academic Program Flexibility
Health professions programs look for diversity in their applicants and Alfred University is ideally suited to providing students interested in pre-health with a well-balanced education because undergraduates are able to take courses outside their major and in different colleges within the University as well.

Alfred University assists students in their preparation for the following specialties. Course work and requirements specific to a particular health profession are included in the specialty pages listed below. Questions may be directed to any member of our Advisory Committee for the Health Professions.

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant
Public Health
Veterinary Medicine
Other Allied Health Professions


CurriculumAlfred University Student and Professor
The basic course requirements for different health professions are virtually the same (except for pre-veterinary medicine), including two semesters of each of the following

  • English Composition
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • General Biology (with lab)
  • General Chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  • General Physics (with lab)

These courses are available for all AU students who meet the prerequisites, regardless of the College in which they are enrolled.

Because AU is a university it offers a diversity of curricular opportunities not typically found in a liberal arts college. Programs in Athletic Training Education (College of Professional Studies) and Gerontology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) or Biomaterials Engineering (Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering) are examples of the distinctive programs of special interest to prospective health professions students, which complement the traditional programs in Biology and Chemistry.

Health-related elective courses provide additional perspectives on medicine. Classes offered in our world-renowned School of Art & Design can be useful as well. For example, painting and sculpture might be useful for a future reconstructive plastic surgeon, or pottery for a future dentist. Students interested in veterinary medicine can register for courses in equine science and equine nutrition, taught as part of the Equestrian Studies Program.

Independent Study, Research and Internships
Independent study and research opportunities are available to all students across each of the colleges and programs of the University. You can learn more about independent study and research opportunities by contacting a faculty in your specific field of interest . Additional research opportunities are available through the National Research Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU). Students are strongly encouraged to apply for these summer programs during the spring semester.

Alfred University pre-health students have interned in places as diverse as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Rosamund Gifford Zoo and the Arthritis Foundation, as well as in laboratories in major research institutions and medical facilities. Internship opportunities for pre-veterinary students are available through the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Program at Alfred State College.

Professional Schools
Alfred University graduates have a successful record of acceptance at medical and professional schools in the health field, including the following:

  • Weil Cornell Medical College
  • Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Buffalo Dental School
  • Daemen College Physician Assistant Program
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

More information
For information on the pre-health program at Alfred University you may Email or phone (607.871.2821) Heather Zimbler DeLerenzo, Health Professions Advisory Committee chairperson, or contact the Career Development Center by email or phone (607.871.2164); you may also contact the Admissions Office for information or to arrange a campus visit, at 800.541.9229, or email Admissions.

Explore Health Careers is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.

Events Announcements

Friday, September 15, 2017
1:15 PM - 02:45 PM Health And Wellness - The Balancing Act: Work, Life, and Technology
Location: Nevins Theater

Alfred University and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western NY are proud to present a Health and Wellness Event at 1:15 p.m. on Friday September 15, 2017 in the Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center entitled "The Balancing Act: Work, Life, and Technology. This seminar is subtitled "How can you make time for all of life's priorities? Strategies to help you find balance and live life to the fullest!" This event is open to all of the A-U campus and Staff, Faculty and Students are welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 07, 2017
3:00 PM - 05:00 PM Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Lecture & Demo
Location: Multipurpose Room, 2F, Fitness Center

A lecture on Chinese medicine will be given in October 7th 3.00 p.m to 5:00 p.m by Dr. Herbert Lau, a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Certified Herbologist. Acupuncture has a history of about ten thousand years and is now a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Dr. Lau will do acupuncture demo then and talk about how it works in detail, as well as other theories and medical methods of keeping healthy. It's really a good opportunity that you can't miss to interact with a professional acupuncturist and gain a more in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine!

Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:20 PM - 01:10 PM New York Chiropractic College Visit to AU
Location: Science Center 303

Interested in a career in the health sciences? A representative from the New York Chiropractic College will be attending our campus on Thursday, October 12, and holding a seminar from 12:20 - 1:10 pm. NYCC offers many programs that can lead you to a variety of fields, including degree programs in Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science in Acupuncture, Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging, Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy, and many others. Stop by to get some great information about a local college, even if you can't stay for the whole time! The location of the seminar will be in room 303 of the Science Center. In addition, lunch will be provided!

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