Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions




Do I have to major in premed or predental or presomething?
You must have an academic major to graduate from Susquehanna, but professional schools do not give preference to any specific major. Follow your interests and explore new areas to discover what you are passionate about and would enjoy doing for a career.

Should I be a science major?
You do not have to major in a science to prepare for a career in the health professions, but many of our prehealth professional students will major in biology or another science. The health care studies minor will require you to take the right set of courses for preparation to enter optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or physician assistant programs.

What does it take to get into professional school?

  • A GPA of usually 3.5 or higher overall, and a GPA of at least a 3.5 in your science and math courses
  • Good scores on the appropriate standardized test, e.g. MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE
  • Experience in the field that demonstrates you know what you are getting into
  • Demonstration of genuinely wanting to serve others

Should I prepare for the standardized tests?
Susquehanna supports a commercial prep course for the MCAT and DAT. The Susquehanna Prep Course Reimbursement Program helps defray the costs by reimbursing a student for half. These test scores are important, because they affect your application and other students from Susquehanna. Some medical and dental schools evaluate the quality of a college based upon the average MCAT score of its students.

What else will I need?

  • A glowing recommendation from the Health Professions Advising Committee at Susquehanna
  • Evidence that you can function well as part of a team
  • Demonstration of leadership and good communication skills
  • Demonstration of a real interest in helping people by having been involved in some type of service

Which health professions do Susquehanna graduates pursue?
We have had students accepted into the following health care programs at respected schools in the last several years:
Medicine (both allopathic and osteopathic )

  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Physician assistant
  • Doctor of physical therapy
  • Doctor of audiology
  • Doctor of pharmacy
  • Public health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Accelerated nursing programs
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Doctor of optometry
  • Doctor of chiropractic medicine

For more information about student success after the Prehealth Professions program, click here.



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