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Pre-Health Professions
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
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Pre-Health Professions

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other related careers? Fisher's dedicated health professions advisor will guide you through the process of exploring options, choosing courses, navigating the testing process, and applying for graduate programs.

Program Overview

While most pre-medical and other pre-health students at Fisher are biology or chemistry majors, students intending to enter the health professions may choose any academic major. Your health professions advisor will guide you through the intense professional school application process and provide the required composite evaluation letter.

Guided Career Exploration

Your career as a health care professional starts with an excellent undergraduate education. Your health professions advisor at Fisher will help you plan and prepare for specialized post-graduate study. The Center for Career and Academic Planning at Fisher can help you explore which health care careers best fit your personality, aptitude, and interests.

Explore the links below to learn about careers you can prepare for at Fisher:

Effective Academic Preparation

While prerequisites can vary among professional schools, your health professions advisor and faculty in the pre-health program will ensure you are prepared for the next step in your academic journey. Find out more about academic preparation and prerequisites for professional programs, including curriculum guides to help with course planning. Experienced faculty will help you prepare for pre-professional tests including the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Support for Professional School Applications

For programs where comparative data are available, Fisher students with competitive science GPAs (3.0 or better) perform better in the application process than the national average.

Acceptance Rate by Graduate Program

Medical Programs
  • Percent of all national applicants accepted*: 55%
  • Percent of competitive Fisher applicants accepted*: 75%, 90% for applicants with a GPA greater than 3.5 (2008-2019)
Dental Programs
  • Percent of all national applicants accepted*: 51%
  • Percent of competitive Fisher applicants accepted: 90% (2008-2019)
Physician Assistant Programs
  • Percent of all national applicants accepted*: 33%
  • Percent of competitive Fisher applicants accepted: 71% (2011-2018)
Physical Therapy Programs
  • Percent of all national applicants accepted*: 45%
  • Percent of competitive Fisher applicants accepted: 83% (2014-2018)

*Data on national applicants reflects 2017 candidates.

Life After Fisher

Fisher pre-health alumni have gone on to attend medical, dental, physical therapy, or physician assistant programs at many universities including:

  • Boston University
  • Clarkson University
  • Daemen University
  • University at Buffalo
  • SUNY Upstate
  • University of Rochester
  • LeMoyne College
  • Nazareth University
  • Utica University

Graduates have gone on to attend a wide variety of other programs as well, including Salus School of Optometry, Northeast College of Health Sciences chiropractic program, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and Sacred Heart University's Occupational Therapy program. Alumni translate their experiences into successful and meaningful careers in health-related fields, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and more.

  • Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

    Students in white coats at the annual Wegmans School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony.

    Fisher offers a select group of incoming first-year students who enter Fisher directly from high school an opportunity to participate in the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program.

    Learn More About Early Assurance