Health Professions Degree Programs | Albright College

Health Professions Degree Programs

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Preparing You Well for Your Next Step

Do you aspire to become a physician, dentist, or veterinarian? Maybe you have your sights set on nursing, physical therapy, or even public health. Whatever your medical career goals, know that Albright’s degree programs will provide the knowledge and hands-on learning to set you up for success at the next level.

Our students have gone on to study medicine, optometry, osteopathy, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, dental hygiene, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. While most concentrate in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and molecular psychobiology, you are free to major in any area of your choosing or even combine majors. Rest assured that our faculty advisors will be there to guide you so that you will have the foundation you need to stand out among the ever-growing field of qualified applicants.


Premedical

Planning to apply to an allopathic or osteopathic medical school? The premed program at Albright College will prepare you well. To broaden your knowledge base and help you stand out among other applicants, you may want to join many of our premed students who combine their major with another – from art to psychology to business.

 

90% Acceptance Rate into Medical School

With the national acceptance rate for medical school applicants hovering just above 40%, we’re proud to report that 90% of Albright students make it to that next level. Know that when you graduate from Albright, medical schools will take notice of you.

 

Early Assurance Program with Penn State Hershey Medical School

Looking for a direct path to medical school? Albright College has established an early assurance agreement with the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine at Hershey. 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.

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Clinical Opportunities

Gain the real-world clinical experience medical schools are looking for in their candidates. We offer shadowing opportunities 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.


“Taking classes in histology, immunology and microbiology combined with my experience as a laboratory teaching assistant, making me a great candidate for [early acceptance into the RHSHS] Medical Laboratory Science program.”

— Morgan Rahtjen ’22
Biology/Biotechnology Major


Pre-dental

With dental schools more competitive than ever, you’ll be comforted to know that Albright offers a number of ways to help you stand out. These include rigorous coursework, hands-on learning through clinical opportunities, and our unique combined major program.

Clinical Opportunities

Work with dentists right here in Reading! Many are Albright graduates and are eager to help the next generation of dental professionals. As a student, you can take advantage of shadowing opportunities in all dental areas, including orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and general and family dentistry.


Pre-veterinary

If you’re interested in taking the GRE and going to veterinary school, Albright College offers you a wide range of opportunities. Because of the extensive requirements for veterinary school, it is recommended you concentrate in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and molecular psychobiology.


Have a question? Contact our Health Sciences Advisor.

The college you choose for your undergraduate degree is important. And we want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision for you. If you have any questions regarding our programs, which courses you should take, or what majors you should pursue, please reach out to Dr. Erin Ventresca. She will be glad to help.Email Dr. Ventresca: eventresca@albright.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I major in?

We recommend that our health science students major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and molecular psychobiology. We also encourage our students to consider a combined major.

What courses are recommended?
Pre-medical program

  • 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)

Pre-dental program

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

When should I take the MCAT?
Students should plan to prepare for and take the Medical College Aptitude Test (or another appropriate placement exam) in the spring of their junior year.


When should I take the Dental Admission Test?
Students should plan to prepare for and take the Dental Admission Test in the spring of their junior year.


When should I take the Veterinary Admission Test (GRE?)
Our pre-veterinary students typically take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in the spring of their junior year.