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Prepare for a career in medicine

We will help you choose the right mix of courses and experiences medical schools look for.

Pre-Medicine Path

Students of many different majors are on the pre-med path at SUNY Plattsburgh and the PHPAC helps to make sure that you are prepared to apply to medical school.


If you are a biology or biomedical sciences major you will take all of the important prerequisite classes for medical school application as part of your major. If you are not one of these majors, it is important to take the following classes:

  • General Biology (BIO101 and 102, 8 credits including lab)
  • General Chemistry (CHE111 and 112, 8 credits including lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 241 and 242, 8 credits including lab)
  • Physics (PHY103 and 104, 8 credits including lab)
  • English (ENG101 and AWR, 6 credits)

Some medical schools will also require calculus, biochemistry or other classes. Look up the specific requirements for the programs you are interested in to be sure.

The Honors Program at SUNY Plattsburgh is an important way to show academic excellence. You should take advantage of this opportunity if possible.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to excellence in academics, medical schools will expect you to show excellence in other areas of your life. Extracurricular activities that previous premed students have done include:

Internships, Volunteering & Shadowing

Medical schools will expect that you have some experience in the medical environment, even if it is just shadowing a doctor. We have relationships with several facilities within walking distance of the campus. You can find a list of our current internship sites.

Applying to Medical School

Application to allopathic medical schools (M.D.) is through the AMCAS system. The AMCAS system opens for the each application cycle in early May and the application review process begins May 31. AMCAS will require an official copy of your transcripts, letters of recommendation (including one from the PHPAC), MCAT score, and a list of schools that you want your application sent. When your file is complete, AMCAS will send your application to the schools on your list.

Applications to osteopathic medical schools (D.O.) are similar but go through the AACOMAS system.

Both types of school use rolling admissions, which means that they begin to review and accept students as soon as their application is complete. It is best have your application complete as close to the beginning of the opening review date as possible.


We have articulation agreements with several medical programs that can shorten your time in school.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

St. George’s University in Grenada

American University of Antigua

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Three Year Path at SUNY Plattsburgh for 3+4 Programs

Alumni Profiles

Leo Lee, Class of ‘20

  • SUNY Upstate, MD

“SUNY Plattsburgh is known for its teaching-centered culture, and the experience I have had certainly reflects this. As a recent graduate of the biomedical sciences program at Plattsburgh and incoming medical school student at SUNY Upstate, I have had a wonderful journey thanks to the mentors and professors I have met along the way. They truly care about their students’ well-being, and are always willing to take the extra step to help them learn and understand the material. Without their efforts, I may not have made it to where I am today, and I am eternally grateful for their enthusiasm in teaching. Additionally, I can see that SUNY Plattsburgh provides high-quality education at a fraction of the cost of other institutions. The science foundation I received was instrumental to my success on the MCAT. For these reasons, I believe that attending Plattsburgh would be an excellent choice for prospective students.”

Portrait of Margaret Meyer BlackMargaret Meyer Black, Class of ’18

  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, MD

“The faculty and staff at SUNY Plattsburgh were very supportive of me when I wanted to apply to medical school. I had a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature, so I had a lot of work to do!  Dr. Slish, Dr. Luck, and all of the other professors helped make sure that I had the required classes and recommendations, even though I was a non-traditional student. With their help, I was recently accepted to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Thank you to everyone at SUNY Plattsburgh!”

Steven Segarra, Class of ’17

  • Temple University

“My experience at SUNY Plattsburgh was truly unique. As a first-generation college student and immigrant, I dreamt of pursuing a career in medicine. With nobody in my life to guide me on this career path, the mentorship I received from the faculty in the biology department at SUNY Plattsburgh was above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for. Advisers from the Pre-Health Committee met with me regularly to discuss my progress and helped me plan and prepare for the next steps in my career, both during my time as an undergrad as well as an alumnus. I personally believe that, had I gone to a larger university, I would not have received this same level of personalized guidance. I am truly grateful for my experiences with this department and know that they will continue to make the difference in the lives of many students moving forward.”

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