For information and resources regarding returning to campus and COVID-19 please visit the university COVID-19 website

Northeastern's PreMed and PreHealth Advising Track

Combining a unique blend of experiential learning, clinical experience, and a rigorous academic curriculum, Bouvé College of Health Sciences prepares you for a successful career in medicine, dentistry, public health, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, or social work. At Bouvé, you have access to individualized resources, a vast and growing global network of students, faculty, and alumni, and the distinct advantage of leaving with the confidence that comes from direct experience and a greater understanding of the U.S. healthcare system.

This comprehensive program includes application guidance, workshops and presentations, course mapping and more. Prepare yourself for PreMed/PreHealth with the Bouvé experience.

PreMed/PreHealth Quick Facts

79.41%
ACCEPTANCE

Medical school acceptance rate among Bouvé students, well above the national average

A FOCUS ON STUDENT WELLNESS

The rigor of applying to professional school shouldn’t negatively impact a student’s health or well-being. At Northeastern, we are dedicated to helping students balance the pressures of the application process with the need to maintain mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our team of advisors makes this a regular part of the conversation.

RECENT ADMISSIONS BY BOUVÉ STUDENTS

  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Harvard Medical School
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • The Warren Alpert School of Brown University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Yale School of Medicine

SPECIALIZED ADVICE NO MATTER YOUR CHOSEN PATH

PreMed and PreHealth Advising supports students pursuing Pre-Medical (MD/DO, Pre Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary areas).

MEDICAL APPLICANT PORTAL

Our PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program offers the Medical Applicant Portal (MAP), an online resource for Northeastern students and alumni to declare their pre—professional status and receive information and updates, develop a portfolio of activities and experiences, and collect letters of evaluation and application materials.

More than Academic Excellence

Gaining entry into medical school or graduate health professional programs requires more than academic excellence. Today, admissions officers look at a student’s complete record:

Test Scores

Northeastern hosts workshops and events that will help you to prepare for required tests, the assembly of your application, and school interviews.

See events and workshops

Research and Clinical Activities

Our vibrant co-op programs offer opportunities to work in clinical and hospital settings that enhance your application and resume.

Learn about our co-op

Community Service

Work in the community promoting health and wellness through Northeastern’s vibrant Service Learning program.

Explore our service learning

Relationships with Mentors

Our staff, faculty and alumni networks can help you achieve your dreams of going to professional school and working in healthcare.

See our faculty

Leadership

Northeastern is home to more than 400 student organizations including those that connect Bouvé students to the health sciences community, including the American Medical Student Association, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, the Pre-Veterinary Club, the Pre-Dental Association, the Pre-PA Society, and the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association.

Learn about our student groups

The Bouvé Advantage

Network with faculty and students focused on:

  • Public and community health
  • Careers in the medical and allied health fields

Prepare for your health career while also fulfilling the requirements of a Heath Science, BS with courses such as:

PreMed/PreHealth Sample Curriculum

YEAR 1

Fall
PSYC1101 Foundations of Psychology 4
BIOL1111/2 General Biology 1 with Lab 4/1
MATH1241 Calculus 1 4
PHTH1260 The American Healthcare Systems 4
HSCI1000 Introduction to College 1
TOTAL CREDITS 19
Spring
BIOL1113/4 General Biology 2 with Lab 4/1
ENGW1111 College Writing 4
CHEM1161/62/63 General Chemistry for Science Majors 4/1/0
XXXXxxxx Intro to Sociology 4
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Summer I
NU Term
Summer II
Vacation

YEAR 2

Fall
PHTH2210 Foundations of Biostats 4
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Organic Chem 1 4/1
XXXxxx Physics 1 4/1
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Spring
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Organic Chem 2 4/1
XXXxxx Physics 2 4/1
PHIL1165 Moral Problems in Health Care 4
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Summer I
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Genetics 4
TOTAL 8
Summer II
Vacation

YEAR 3

Fall
HSCI2000 Professional Development for CO-OP 1
HLTH1200
/XXXxxx
Basic Clinical Skills
or Elective/Selective
3 or 4
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Biochemistry 4/1
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
TOTAL CREDITS 17 or 18
Spring
Co-op/Study for MCAT
Summer I
Co-op
Summer II
Vacation

YEAR 4

Fall
HSCI4700 Health Science Capstone Introduction 0
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Spring
HSCI4720 or 30 Health Science Capstone 4
PHTHxxx Public Health Core 4
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
XXXxxx Elective/Selective 4
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer
5-year, 2 co-op option available
4-year, non co-op option available
4-year, 2 co-op option available
Total Program hours: 133 or 134

Public Health Core Courses

PHTH1260: American Healthcare Systems
PHTH2300: Communication Skills
PHTH2350: Community and Public Health
PHTH2515: Health Policy and Administration
PHTH4120: Global Discrimination
PHTH4540: Health Education and Program Planning
PHTH4202: Epidemiology in Public Health

Selectives

Students must take at least 3 selectives, two of which must be in one of the categories below at a 2xxx or higher level.

Selective Categories

  • Research
  • Society and Health
  • Policy and Administration
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Digital Health

Students will meet with their advisor to discuss selective category course options.

Pre-Med and Pre-PA

PreMed — PreMed students are encouraged to take Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with lab, Genetics with lab, Physics 1 & 2 with labs, Biochemistry with lab and Sociology in their elective spaces in order to prepare for the MCATS and medical school.

PrePA — Each Physician Assistant (PA) program is unique and students must research prerequisite courses for the programs to which they plan to apply.  Common courses students preparing for PA school take as their electives often include: Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 with labs, Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs, Genetics with lab, Microbiology with lab and Developmental Psychology.  Some PA programs require more courses, some programs require less.

PreMed/PreHealth Advisors

Doug Hughes, MD and director of the PreMed PreHealth program at Northeastern

Doug Hughes, MD

Director
PreMed (MD/DO),
Pre-Physician Assistant
Last names A-G,

Rob Harrington, M.Ed., advisor for the PreMed PreHealth program at Northeastern

Rob Harrington, M.Ed.

Advisor
PreMed (MD/DO), Pre-Veterinary,
Pre-Optometry
Last names H-P

Ciara O’Donnell, M.Ed. and assistant director of the PreMed PreHealth program at Northeastern

Ciara O’Donnell, M.Ed.

Assistant Director
PreMed (MD/DO), Pre-Dental,
Pre-Podiatry
Last names Q-Z,