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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Medicine (Allopathic or Osteopathic) Medical Professions Advisement Program

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Medical Professions Advisement Program

Office of Medical Professions Advisement Program
PO Box 70592
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-5602
Web address:

The Medical Professions Advisement Program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides advisement counseling to students entering East Tennessee State University in preparation for careers in the following health-related fields: chiropractic, dentistry, medicine (allopathic or osteopathic), optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. These pre-professional programs are not undergraduate majors at ETSU, but are programs of study that prepare students for application to professional programs. Many professional programs prefer/require that students earn an undergraduate degree before acceptance into their programs. Therefore, the student, medical professions counselor, and major advisor work in conjunction to develop a plan of study that fulfills the requirements for an undergraduate degree and prerequisite courses for the students professional school(s) of choice. Students are encouraged to choose majors that interest them and supports their career and personal goals. Questions concerning health-related pre-professional programs of study should be directed to the Office of Medical Professions Advisement Program at (423) 439-5602. For more information visit:

Pre-Medicine (Allopathic or Osteopathic)

The Pre-Medicine (allopathic or osteopathic) program of study prepares students for application to a four-year Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and/or a four-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance to most medical school. Many medical schools require or strongly recommend a university composite letter of recommendation during the application process. Please contact a Pre-Medicine counselor for additional information.

Although prerequisite courses vary among colleges of medicine, the following courses, at a minimum, are recommended to students seeking admission to allopathic and/or osteopathic medical schools:

Communication (3 credits)

Social and Behavioral Science (6 credits)

Philosophy and Humanities (3 credits)

Additional Information

Different schools may require different prerequisite courses. It is the responsibility of the student to research his/her schools of interest and verify that the required courses are completed before taking the required entrance exam(s) and applying to professional schools. There are additional courses that could help students become more competitive. Please consult with your MPA counselor to select a course sequence that best aligns with your goals.

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