Health Professions

Albright College prepares students for admission to health professional schools of medicine, optometry, osteopathy, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, dental hygiene, physical therapy or veterinary medicine. Most pre-professional students concentrate in biologybiochemistry, chemistry, and molecular psychobiology but they may major in any area for most pre-health professions.  Faculty advisers provide guidance for students considering health care fields, including:

Medicine
Dentistry
Veterinary medicine
Nursing
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant

For all other health professions, please contact the pre-health adviser, Dr. Karen Campbell, Ph.D., P. Kenneth Nase ’55 Endowed Chair of Biology

 

Pre-medical

The pre-medical program at Albright College prepares students for professional education in allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.  A student can combine the pre-medical program with any major, including art or history or psychology or business or any other Albright College major.

Recommended courses: The following core courses are strongly recommended for pre-medical students:

  • BIO 151 and 203 (General Biology)
  • CHE 105 and 106 (Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHE 207 and 208 (Organic Chemistry)
  • MAT 131 and 132 (Calculus) or statistics
  • PHY 201 and 202 (General Physics)
  • PSY 100 (General Psychology)
  • SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology)

Clinical experience:  To build a competitive portfolio for medical school admission, clinical experience is essential. Albright provides placement for shadowing experiences at Tower Health Reading Hospital and Penn State St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Medical scribing opportunities are also available at these hospitals and at Berks Community Health Center.

MCAT preparation and planning:  Students should plan to prepare for and take the Medical College Aptitude Test (or other appropriate placement exam) in the spring of the junior year. Students interested in these programs should consult with the pre-health professions adviser, Professor Karen Campbell, Provost and Professor of Biology.  Meeting with the pre-health adviser is strongly encouraged, so that students can plan their academic schedules.

Early Assurance Program with Penn State Hershey: Albright College has established an early assurance agreement with the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine at Hershey. Under the terms of this agreement, students with a combined SAT score of 1250 and a 3.5 GPA at the end of their sophomore year are nominated for early acceptance to Hershey Medical School, provided that they have completed eight of the 10 required courses (BIO 151, 203; CHE 105, 106, 207, 208; MAT 131, 132; PHY 201, 202). Successful candidates must complete their undergraduate requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and earn at least Hershey’s national average scores on the MCAT.

 

Pre-dental

Albright College prepares students for admission to dental school.  Many pre-dental students major in biologybiochemistry or chemistry, and molecular psychobiology, but students may major in any discipline.  Students interested in dental school should consult with the pre-health professions adviser, Professor Karen Campbell, Provost and Professor of Biology.

Recommended courses:  For students considering dental school, the following core courses are required for admission to most dental schools:

  • BIO 151 and 203 (General Biology)
  • CHE 105 and 106 (Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHE 207 and 208 (Organic Chemistry)
  • PHY 201 and 202 (General Physics) (pre-requisite: MAT 131 and 132 (Calculus))
  • Two semesters of English composition (ENG 101 and 102)

Clinical experience:  Dozens of dentists in the Reading area who are graduates of Albright College offer shadowing opportunities in all dental areas, including orthodontist, periodontist, oral surgeon, endodontist, and general and family dentistry.   Reading-area dentists who graduated from Albright include: Michael G. Hasker D.M.D.; Brian M. Schwab, D.M.D., F.I.C.D.; Jeremy Keggerreis, D.M.D. (Flanagan and Noon Family Dentistry); Dr. Vipul Saini, D.D.S.; and Paul R. Farrell, D.M.D. (Reading Oral Surgery).

Dental Admission Test, DAT:  Students should plan to prepare for and take the Dental Admission Test in the spring of the junior year.

Pre-veterinary

Student interested in pursuing veterinary medicine have a range of opportunities at Albright College. Because of the extensive requirements for veterinary school, it is recommended that pre-veterinary students concentrate in biologybiochemistry, chemistry, and molecular psychobiology.

Recommended courses:  The follow courses are required for admission to veterinary school.  Because of extensive veterinary school requirements, students interested in veterinary school should consult with the pre-health professions adviser, Professor Karen Campbell, Provost and Professor of Biology early during their college career.

  • BIO 151 and 203 (General Biology)
  • CHE 105 and 106 (Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHE 207 and 208 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHE 325 and 326 (Biochemistry)
  • PHY 201 and 202 (General Physics) (pre-requisite: MAT 131 and 132 (Calculus))
  • Two semesters of English composition (ENG 101 and 102)
  • Statistics (multiple courses)
  • BIO 321 (Microbiology)
  • BIO 398 (Animal nutrition)
  • Public speaking

Clinical experience:  Dozens

Veterinary School Admission:  The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for veterinary school admission, typically in the spring of the junior year.

Physical Therapy

 

Physician Assistant