Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Programs

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Loyola’s pre-health office helps you identify the path that best matches your interests and talents. We work with you to help you stay on top of the most recent changes in the field of health care so that you can identify your strengths and grow to be a competitive professional even in areas of health care that you might not have considered previously. Explore Health Careers and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook are good places to begin your journey of discovery.

Resources for students interested in veterinary medicine

Veterinarians provide care for the health of small and large animals as well as protect the public against diseases transmitted by animals. Veterinarians have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) from an accredited four-year veterinary college and a license to practice in their state.

Undergraduate pre-requisites and recommended courses:

  • 2 semesters of biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 –2 semesters of biochemistry
  • 2 semesters of physics with laboratory
  • 1 –2 semesters of mathematics, calculus and/or statistics at 200-level
  • Recommended courses: genetics, microbiology, physiology, morphology

Target Undergraduate cumulative GPA: >3.5
Experience: > 400 hours of volunteering and work with animals
Standardized Graduate Admission Test: The Graduate Record Examination General Test

Application Information:

Resources for students interested in podiatry

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. Podiatrists have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (D.P.M.) from an accredited four-year podiatric medicine college and a license to practice in their state.

Undergraduate pre-requisites and recommended courses:

  • 2 semesters of biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of physics with laboratory
  • Recommended courses include microbiology, biochemistry, and psychology

Target undergraduate cumulative GPA: >3.3
Experience: community service, internships and/or research, health care experiences, and acquaintance with podiatric medicine
Standardized Graduate Admission Test: Medical College Admission Test or in some limited cases The Graduate Record Examination General Test

Application Information:

Resources for students interested in physical therapy

Physical therapists offer education and health services that help people maintain or restore their movement and manage pain after illness or injury. Physical therapists have a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (D.P.T.) from an accredited three-year physical therapy program and a license to practice in their state. All master’s degree programs in physical therapy were discontinued in 2015.

Undergraduate pre-requisites and recommended courses:

  • 2 semesters of biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of physics with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology at 200-level 
  • 2 semesters of psychology
  • 1 semester of statistics at 100 or 200-level 
  • Recommended courses: additional biology courses, a social science course

Target Undergraduate cumulative GPA: >3.5
Experience: > 150 hours of signed physical therapy shadow hours and other health care experience
Standardized Graduate Admission Test: The Graduate Record Examination General Test

Application Information

Resources for students interested in pharmacy

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients, educate patients and the public in effective and safe use of medications, as well as provide wellness screenings and immunizations. Pharmacists have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from an accredited four-year pharmacy program and a license to practice in their state.

Undergraduate pre-requisites and recommended courses:

  • 2 semesters of biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of physics with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology at 200-level
  • 1 semester of microbiology
  • 1 –2 semesters of psychology 
  • 1 semester of statistics at 100 or 200-level 
  • 1 semester of calculus 
  • 1 semester of public speaking

Target Undergraduate cumulative GPA: > 3.2
Experience: pharmacist shadow hours and other health care experience, community service, leadership
Standardized Graduate Admission Test: The Pharmacy College Admission Test

Application Information

Resources for students interested in public health

Professionals involved in the promotion of public health promote and protect the health and well-being of people through prevention, education, research, and community engagement. Professionals in the field of public health typically have a Master’s or Doctoral degree from accredited programs that offer education in public health, health policy, or health care administration.

Undergraduate pre-requisites and recommended courses:

  • Schools of public health do not follow a clearly defined standard of pre-requisite courses
  • Recommended course work includes familiarity with biological and other natural sciences, statistics, and social and behavioral sciences
  • Students interested in research careers in epidemiology and other quantitative fields of public health study are encouraged to pursue course work on mathematics, statistics, and data science
  • Students interested in public health and health care administration are encouraged to pursue course work in business administration, economics, statistics, and data science

Target Undergraduate cumulative GPA: > 3.0
Experience: exposure to health care, community service, and leadership
Standardized Graduate Admission Test: The Graduate Record Examination General Test

Application Information

Resources for students interested in optometry

Resources for students interested in occupational therapy

Resources for students interested in chiropractic medicine

Resources for students interested in naturopathic medicine