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Recommended Experiences

Hospital or Clinical Experiences

Students who want to volunteer in a hospital setting should contact the Volunteer Departments at neighboring medical institutions (Brigham & Women's, Beth Israel, Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital). 

Service Experience

Students can become involved in community service through organizations in the Boston area, student liaisons and the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is an enriching experience and a wonderful opportunity for experiential learning.  However, students should plan to complete all their prerequisite premedical courses, including all laboratory science courses, at Simmons. 


Participation in a scientific research project is encouraged.  Science majors at Simmons typically complete their Senior Independent Study requirement by working in the research laboratories of faculty in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology departments at the College or in research laboratories at neighboring medical research facilities.

Recommended Pre-Health Courses

Students are not required to be science majors to be eligible for admission to health professions schools and students should select a major based on their interests. All students interested in four year medical school programs must, however, complete the coure requirements described below. In order to prepare for the required admission tests, which are normally taken at the end of the junior year if a student wishes to enter a medical school in the year following graduation, students should plan an academic program that will allow them to complete the following liberal arts and sciences requirements by that time.

The following courses will satisfy the core science requirements for medical school, although there may be additional courses that are required by some veterinary and optometry programs or are generally recommended by medical colleges. A solid foundation in the sciences is important preparation for medical school and will contribute to a strong performance on the medical college admission tests (DAT, MCAT, OAT, VCAT).

BIOL 113 General Biology
BIOL One additional semester of Biology (Selection of biology courses is dependent on your major)
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 114 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis
MATH 120 Calculus I
MATH 121 Calculus II
PHYS 112 Physics I (calculus-based physics)
PHYS 113 Physics II (calculus-based physics)
FYS 102 & FYS 103

One year of English (composition based)

 You may also download the entire Simmons College Course Catalog as a PDF document.

Please note: Simmons College makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in its catalogue is accurate and complete. Occasionally, however, changes are made and mistakes are discovered after the catalogue has been placed online. Degree requirements may also change because of changes in curriculum, accreditation standards or legal requirements. If you have questions about a program, especially with regard to the course or training requirements for a particular degree, we encourage you to be in contact with the dean of the school, the director of the program, or the chairman of the relevant department for definitive information.