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The academic requirements for different professional school programs vary, both by clinical pathway and institution. 

While UVM does not offer a "pre-med" or "pre-dental" major, we have recommendations about the specific courses taught at UVM that will set you up for success when applying to medical or dental school. Check them out below, along with guidance for Advanced Placement credits, community college courses, summer classes, and classwork completed while studying abroad.

General Considerations

Depending on your unique situation, review our considerations for each of these categories below.

AP Classes

Medical schools vary in their acceptance of AP credit. Consideration will only be given to AP credit that appears on the applicant’s college transcript, which can be arranged through the registrar's office. In general, students with AP credit in recommended science courses should plan to take an equivalent number of credits in that discipline in higher level coursework. Consult our list of recommended courses for additional advice regarding AP credits for mathematics, statistics, and social sciences.

Community College Coursework

Medical schools generally prefer that prerequisite / recommended courses be taken at a four-year college or university. Students transferring from community colleges after taking these courses, or others who have taken prerequisites at community colleges, should plan to take upper level courses in the same disciplines at UVM to demonstrate their science competency. A single community college course will not make a student ineligible for consideration. However, the candidate should be prepared to share the reasons for the coursework and be able to strongly demonstrate competency in the material through additional coursework taken and MCAT subset scores.

Summer Coursework

It is not ideal to take any of the science prerequisite/recommended courses during a summer term as admission committees like to see that science courses can be successfully managed as part of a rigorous course load during a normal fall / spring term at your home institution.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is encouraged as it allows you to grow in unique ways and strengthen many of the  Core Competencies required in a career in healthcare. However, fitting this experience into your four year college curriculum requires advanced planning. There are many two-semester-sequence courses in the typical premedical or predental curriculum which can make the timing of your abroad experience more challenging. We strongly advise against taking any required/recommended premedical science or social science courses during the study abroad program as they may not be accepted by medical schools and may not prepare you as well for the MCAT.

Recommended UVM Courses


If you plan to pursue allopathic (M.D.) or osteopathic (D.O.) school, there are  courses you will need to take to fulfill medical school application requirements and recommendations. You can and should consult AAMC's list of required courses for additional information specific to certain institutions.

Medical School Course Recommendations


As you plan your college curriculum, consult individual school website and  the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools to get information confirming prerequisites needed for application to specific programs. For UVM-specific course suggestions that align with the most common requirements and recommendations, consult our guide below.

Dental School Course Recommendations

Additional Health Professions

There are many, many more paths you could take to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of others.  For example, you might also consider a career as a physician assistant, occupational therapist, or advanced practice nurse.  Learn more about these fields and common course recommendations for careers beyond of medicine and dentistry.

Health Professions Course Recommendations