Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions

Undergraduate: Pre-Professional

College of Arts & Sciences

Study in pre-medical and pre-health to set the foundation for the challenges of medical or dental school, or other graduate level education in the health professions. Prepare to enter the many fields of medicine and health such as allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, physician assistant, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine, among others.

Program Description

It is important to understand that Pre-Med/Health Professions is a support program and not an academic major. If you are interested in careers in medicine and other health disciplines you can major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, or academic areas such as psychology, mathematics, English and philosophy, for example. Learn through a strong curriculum, careful advising, and valuable clinical and research experiences to help you gain admission to your chosen medical or health professional school. 

An extensive alumni network and an active 50-member Medical Advisory Board provide you with shadowing, internship, and mentoring opportunities. Gain acceptance to a number of different professional schools as early as your sophomore year.

Highlighted Courses:

  • HRP 101 Introduction to Health Professions
  • HRP 111 Medical Terminology 
  • HRP 201/202 Topics in Health Professions Seminar
  • HRP 498 PEPID Medical Informatics Internship
  • HRP 499 Health Professions Internship

Distinctions

You can consider a joint degree program with professional schools such as University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, and SUNY State College of Optometry.

86%

of program graduates who applied to medical school through the college's Health Science Advisory and Recommendation Committee were accepted.

Canisius Stories

Canisius pre-med experience lands grad at Georgetown

"Rather than something our group did for others, we also served with others. The Jesuit ideal of ‘men and women for and with others’ came to life for me."

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Extended Learning Opportunities

Students volunteer and shadow physicians and other medical professionals at the major hospitals, medical institutes, and major medical practices in the greater Buffalo region.

Students do internships and research on and off campus. Off-campus sites include the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, PEPID medical informatics company in Phoenix, AZ, and major universities around the country, including, Case-Western Reserve University, Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Combined Degree Programs

Students in the program are able to apply to early professional schools through special routes including Early Assurance Programs and Combined (Joint) Degree Programs.

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Collaborative Opportunities

Canisius students are highly motivated and create their own learning opportunities to support our local community.

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Student Work

Students gain valuable research experience at leading medical institutions in the region and with Canisius professors.

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