Pre-Med at Russell Sage College
Sage also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program for students with a bachelor’s degree in another subject, who want to earn the science credits required for medical school.
What Classes are Required for Medical School?
Most medical schools require one year of biology, organic chemistry and physics with labs, and a semester of biochemistry. We recommend developmental and abnormal psychology, as well as coursework in sociology.
Requirements for physician assistant, veterinary and dental programs vary slightly. Your advisors will help you select classes that align with your goals.
You’ll have a faculty advisor within your major who will talk you through graduate school and career options, and guide you as you select classes.
You will also have a pre-med advisor, who offers more specific guidance on:
- Preparing for the MCAT or GRE (required by physician assistant programs)
- Identifying research, work and volunteer opportunities that provide clinical and patient-contact hours
- Drafting application materials that will help you stand out.
Pre-Physician Assistant Programs
Students may apply to the Accelerated or Assured Acceptance programs Sage offers in conjunction with Albany Medical College’s Physician Assistant Program.
Qualified high school students may apply to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree for physician assistants in less time than it would take to pursue the programs separately.
Third-year Sage students may apply for assured acceptance to the medical college’s PA program.
Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program
CSTEP, sponsored by the New York State Department of Education, provides paid research experiences, MCAT prep and other forms of academic support to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in Biology, Health Sciences and other science-related majors or professional programs.
Recent Sage College graduates have been accepted at Albany Medical College, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Illinois-College of Veterinary Medicine, the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University, and the schools of medicine at Stony Brook University, Quinnipiac University, the University at Buffalo, New York Institute of Technology and the University of New England.
Pre-Med students and grads say the professional preparation and supportive community at Sage has helped set them up for success.
“Students looking to go to medical school should reach out to alumni,” says U.S. Army veteran and medical student Andrew …
“I like Sage for the small community,” said Russell Sage College Biology major and pre-med student Mena Abdelmeged. “I’m involved …
“I learned how to advocate for myself in a professional way, which really helped me when I went to medical school.”
Tanesha Beebe, MD
“Medical school was a goal of mine since I was younger,” said Tanesha Beebe. “I had the best pediatrician ever, …
“The professors were no-nonsense teachers, and their expectations were congruent with those of master’s-level teachers.”
Savanna Gephard, DVM
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When Katy Parsley was applying to Albany Med, there were 1,400 applicants for 42 seats. She got one of those seats. “That speaks volumes to the preparation [Russell Sage College] gives you,” she says.