Health Professions

Schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine stress the importance of a strong liberal arts education as well as prescribed studies in the sciences. Although most pre-health students will choose a major in a pure or applied science, as long as candidates have the essential courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, they may major in any of the three undergraduate colleges. A health professions advisory committee, which includes the pre-professional advisor and faculty members from the sciences, provides career and academic counseling and works closely with students from first-year orientation through the entire process of applying to professional schools. Students are urged to consult with the pre-professional advisor in Career Services as early as possible in their academic career. Those students interested in other allied health fields may also consult with the pre-professional advisor to obtain pertinent information to aid them in planning their college careers.
 
The admissions contact for health professions programs is Cleveland McCray, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions (610-758-3100 or cjm2@lehigh.edu).
 
Because health professional schools are looking for students who have a well-rounded liberal arts background, there are no “premed” or “predent” majors at Lehigh for our traditional four-year students. Students have the opportunity to major in any area, provided they complete the necessary core prerequisites set forth by the medical, dental, and other professional programs. Choosing a major is an individual decision. Students must demonstrate proficiency and an aptitude for science, the basis of the curriculum at health professional schools, but should choose majors they enjoy and in which they can demonstrate scholarship.
 
Information regarding studies leading to medical or dental school can be found in the Health Professions section of the Office of Career Services. The counselor for Pre-Professional and Graduate Studies is Mary Ellen Raposa.
 
COMBINED-DEGREE PROGRAM IN MEDICINE
Note: New students are no longer being accepted into the Combined-Degree Program in Medicine.
In cooperation with Drexel University College of Medicine, Lehigh offers an accelerated program that enables selected students to earn both the baccalaureate degree (B.A.) with a major in premedical science and the M.D. degree after seven years of study at the two institutions. In the first three academic years at Lehigh, credit hours are earned toward the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular program of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. By successfully completing their first year at the medical school, students acquire the necessary additional credit hours for the Lehigh baccalaureate degree.
 
During their pre-professional years at Lehigh, students are expected to make satisfactory progress in academic areas as well as in the more subtle task of personal growth in those attributes ultimately needed as a physician. Drexel University College of Medicine receives student grades and monitors student progress through feedback from Lehigh. Students are expected to attain specified grade point averages and MCAT scores. Students’ undergraduate credentials are processed through the Admissions Committee of Drexel University College of Medicine before a final definitive acceptance is offered. The medical college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of acceptance on the grounds of academic or personal maturation concerns.
 
Application for admission to this program is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Application deadline is November 15.
 
Required Science and Math Courses Chemistry:
CHM 30/31 (or CHM 40/41) and CHM 110/111 and 112/113
Biology: BIOS 41/42, 115/116, and 120
Physics: PHY 10/12 (or 11/12) and 13/22 (or 21/22)
Math: MATH 21/22 (or 51/52) and one Approved Math Elective
 
Required Non-Science Courses
First-Year Seminar
English Comp & Lit (I and II)
Humanities (three courses, 9-12 credits)
Social Sciences (three courses, 9-12 credits)
Writing Intensive
Approved Electives (12-16 credits)
 
COMBINED-DEGREE PROGRAM IN DENTISTRY
In cooperation with the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh offers an accelerated program that enables selected students to earn both the baccalaureate degree (B.A.) with a major in predental science and the doctor of dental medicine degree (D.M.D.) after seven years of study at the two institutions. In the first three academic years at Lehigh, credit hours are earned toward the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular program of dental education at the Penn School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. By successfully completing their first year at the dental school, students acquire the necessary additional credit hours for the Lehigh baccalaureate degree. During their first three years at Lehigh, students are expected to make satisfactory progress in prescribed academic areas as well as in the area of personal growth, developing those attributes ultimately needed to become a dentist. Penn Dental School receives student grades and monitors student progress through feedback from Lehigh. Students are expected to attain specified grade point averages and DAT scores. Students’ undergraduate credentials are processed through the Admissions Committee of Penn Dental School before a final definitive acceptance is offered. The dental college reserves the right to withdraw an acceptance, or require that a student spend additional time on the undergraduate level, on the grounds of academic or personal maturation concerns.
 
Application for admission to this program is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Application deadline is January 1.
 
Required Science and Math Courses
Chemistry: CHM 30/31 (or CHM 40/41) and CHM 110/111 and 112/113
Biology: BIOS 41/42, 115/116, and 120; and two Approved Electives (6 credits)
Physics: PHY 10/12 (or 11/12) and 13/22 (or 21/22)
Math: MATH 21/22 (or 51/52)
 
Required Non-Science Courses
First-Year Seminar English Comp & Lit (I and II)
Humanities (three courses, 9-12 credits)
Social Sciences (three courses, 9-12 credits)
Junior Writing Intensive Approved Electives (12-16 credits) 
 
COMBINED-DEGREE PROGRAM IN OPTOMETRY
In cooperation with the State University of New York College of Optometry in New York City, Lehigh offers an accelerated program in which students may earn both the baccalaureate degree (B.A.) with a major in behavioral neuroscience and the doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) after seven years of study at the two institutions. In the first three academic years at Lehigh, credit hours are earned toward the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular program of optometry education at SUNY College of Optometry. By successfully completing their first year at the optometry college, students acquire the necessary additional credit hours for the Lehigh baccalaureate degree. SUNY College of Optometry receives student grades and monitors student progress through feedback from Lehigh. Students are expected to attain specified grade point averages and OAT scores. Students’ undergraduate credentials are processed through the Admissions Committee of SUNY Optometry before a final definitive acceptance is offered. The optometry college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of acceptance on the grounds of academic or personal maturation concerns. Students may apply to this program either during their initial application or during their enrollment at Lehigh.
 
Application for incoming students is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Application deadline is January 1.
 
Required Science and Math Courses
Chemistry: CHM 30/31 (or CHM 40/41) and CHM 110/111 and 112/113
Biology: BIOS 41/42, 115/116, 120, 177, 276/277, 197, and 382
Physics: PHY 10/12 (or 11/12) and 13/22 (or 21/22)
Math: MATH 21/22 (or 51/52)
 
Required Non-Science Courses
First-Year Seminar
English Comp & Lit (I and II)
Psychology (PSYC 1)
Social Sciences (one course, 4 credits)
Humanities (two courses, 8 credits)
Writing Intensive
Approved Electives (two courses, 6-8 credits)