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Curriculum

Arizona State University offers courses that fulfill the requirements for health professional schools. Prerequisites for each course at ASU should be confirmed in the course catalog and with the academic departments. Other courses may be required by specific programs. You are responsible for knowing the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply.

Rigorous course loads (15+ credits) including 2 or more science courses per semester is recommended for most health professions. Your tracking, major, and college requirements take priority, so your plan may look different than your peers. Everyone has a different path and there is no one timeline. It is not recommended to use your summers to "knock out" or "spread out" your science courses. 

Many professional schools do not accept prerequisite courses taken on-line or at non-U.S. institutions. Policies on AP, IB, AICE, and community college credit vary by school. Be sure to check each schools policy.

Core Required Courses for all Health Professions 

BIO 181 and BIO 182 General Biology I and II or
BIO 281 and BIO 282 General Biology I and II for majors
CHM 113 and CHM 116 General Chemistry I and II (also known as Inorganic Chemistry) or
CHM 117/111 and CHM 118/112 for majors
CHM 233/237 and CHM 234/238 Organic Chemistry I and II
PHY 111/113 and PHY 112/114 General Physics I and II
BCH 361/367 Biochemistry
MATH - At least 1 semester of Calculus (MAT 251, MAT 270, or MAT 210) recommended; check with your major for degree requirements
ENG 101 and 102 English Composition or
ENG 105 and HON 171/ENG 301
 
Download our prerequisite chart - prereq_chart.pdf
 

Medical School Recommended Courses

Courses may not be required, but are recommended

BIO 340 Genetics
BIO 351 Developmental Biology
BIO 353 Cell Biology
BIO 360 Animal Physiology 
BIO 201 Human Anatomy/Physiology I
MIC 205/206 Microbiology or
MIC 220/206 Biology of Microorganisms 
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology or
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology
 

Additional Required Coursework for Health Professions

Dental School Required Courses

BIO 201 and BIO 202 Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II
BCH 361 Biochemistry 
MIC 205/206 Microbiology or
MIC 220/206 Biology of Microorganisms
 

Pharmacy School Required Courses

BIO 201 and BIO 202 Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II
MIC 205/206 Microbiology or
MIC 220/206 Biology of Microorganisms
COM 100 or 225 Intro to Communications or Public Speaking
ECN 211 or 212 Micro or Macroeconomics
 

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Required Courses

BIO 201 Human Anatomy/Physiology I
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology
Most Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs require additional upper division Psychology courses
 

Physician Assistant Required Courses

BIO 201 and 202 Human Anatomy/Physiology I/II
MIC 205/206 Microbiology or
MIC 220/206 Biology of Microorganisms
BCH 361 Biochemistry
*NAU Requires 4 Upper Division Biology Courses
 

Optometry Required Courses

BIO 201 and BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BCH 361 Biochemistry
MIC 205/206 Microbiology or
MIC 220/206 Biology of Microorganisms
PSY 101