Health Professions

Students pursuing full four-year degree programs such as premedical, predental, or allied health program preparation normally earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in either biology, cell and molecular biology, or biochemistry. Students are free to follow any degree program provided they complete the specific course pre-requirements for their intended healthcare professional program.

Students should familiarize themselves with the general admission requirements of the profession which they aspire to enter in addition to those specific to the schools of their choice. The director of the Pre-Health Professions Program is available for individual advising. In addition, meetings are usually held each year to provide information for each class level. Faculty advisors in the biological and physical sciences are also available to act in an education and advising capacity. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of these resources and to consult the Pre-Health Professions Program website ( for more information.

In addition to medicine and dentistry, a number of other careers are available in healthcare. Students are encouraged to explore such fields as anesthesiology assistant, podiatry, physical assistant, and pharmacy. Most of these occupations require a baccalaureate degree with additional education at the graduate level. Information and advising are available from the director of Pre-Health Professions Studies.

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is the University mechanism that provides letters of recommendation to medical, dental, and other healthcare professional schools that require or prefer recommendation letters from a committee rather than individual faculty members. The committee’s letters are based on academic performance, individual and committee interviews, and factors such as integrity, industry, maturity, commitment to social responsibility, and judgment.

Post-baccalaureate students who have not received their undergraduate degree from John Carroll may use the Health Professions Advisory Committee as the source of their letter of recommendation if they so choose. Normally such students should have completed 24 credit hours of course work at John Carroll, which may include the semester in which they interview before the committee.

Current admission practices of health professional schools suggest student qualifications considerable higher than the minimum C average required for graduation. Therefore, normally a letter of evaluation will be written to these schools only for applicants who have attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in science courses (biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics).

John Carroll also offers a Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Program designed for students who want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical school, dental school, and other health professional schools. This program is appropriate for students 1) who possess a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than biology or chemistry and wish to pursue a health professions career; 2) who majored in chemistry or biology but struggled with the course work as a traditional undergraduate; or 3) who have not been enrolled in courses in these disciplines for over five years. More details are available in the Graduate Studies Bulletin and at the website