“Pre-Health” refers to students interested in any health profession, including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. At WPI, Pre-Health is not a major. We encourage you to choose a major that you are passionate about and take Pre-Health courses alongside your degree requirements. There are no “required” courses for Pre-Health students. Instead, you will work with a Pre-Health Advisor to create an individualized plan that will allow you to complete your major requirements while also fulfilling the appropriate prerequisites for your desired professional program.
Considerations for International Students
There are several unique considerations for international students (students who are non-US citizens or do not have permanent resident status) looking to apply to health professions programs. Depending on the type of program, access for international students may vary. Your Pre-Health advisor can help to determine which programs are most attainable. The following resources will help to clarify the basics of applying to professional school as an international student:
- Medical Schools: Association of American Medical Colleges (PDF)
- Dental Schools: American Dental Education Association
- Veterinary School: See individual school policies.
The WPI Advantage
At WPI you will be immersed in a project-based learning environment. Through your three required projects (Humanities & Arts Requirement, Interactive Qualifying Project, and Major Qualifying Project), you will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience, work as part of a team, and build a resume that is both impressive and unique.
WPI’s location is ideal for aspiring medical professionals. The concentration of medical companies and institutions in and around Worcester affords students a wealth of opportunities for academic projects, co-ops, internships, volunteer and community service opportunities, and other means to get practical, clinical experience and exposure to health professions. Additionally, WPI has special agreements with several health professions programs that give our students an advantage in the application process. These programs include Early Acceptance at Tufts Veterinary School, Early Acceptance at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and assured acceptance to multiple health professions programs at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). For more details about these programs please contact Pre-Health Advisor Elizabeth Jacoby at email@example.com.
Where Are They Now?
WPI alumni have an excellent record of gaining acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professions programs. Below are just a few of the medical, dental, and veterinary schools where WPI students have gained acceptance:
- Boston University
- Dartmouth College
- University of Massachusetts
- Northwestern University
- University of New England
- University of California San Francisco
- University of Connecticut
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Tufts University
- Howard University
- Cornell University