This Pre-Health certificate is flexible enough to cover the pre-requisites for most Pre-Health professional programs, including Medical (MD and DO), PT, PA, OT, pharmacy, dental, nurse practitioner, veterinary, podiatry, chiropractic, optometry, athletic training, anesthesiologist assistant, audiology, and psychiatry. It also includes the classes necessary to prepare for the MCAT, DAT, and PCAT. In this 1-year (3-semester) certificate, students transfer to Athens State from a community college either in the Fall or Spring semester after completing Chemistry I & II, Physics I, and Physics II (if necessary).

Students must complete a minimum of 11 hours at Athens State to earn this certificate.

Requirements for the Certificate in Pre-Health (a grade of ā€œCā€ or better must be achieved on all required courses; please consult course descriptions for possible prerequisites):

Course Hours
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4
CHM 112 College Chemistry II 4
PHY 213 General Physics with Calculus I (Recommended – PHY 201 Accepted) 4
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I or CH 311/311L Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4-5
CH 409 Biochemistry 3
BIO 104 Principles of Biology II or BI 304/304L Diversity and Adaptations and Lab 4
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or BI 361/361L Human Anatomy and Lab 4
One of the following electives:
BI 312/312L Biostatistics and Lab
MTH 265 Elementary Statistics or MA 331 Applied Probability and Statistics MTH 125 or MA 303 Calculus I
PHY 214 General Physics with Calculus II* (Recommended – PHY 202 Accepted) PS 341 Statistics with Advanced Topics in Behavioral Science
*Pharmacy does not require Physics II
Two of the following electives:
BI 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BI 220 General Microbiology or BI 415/415L Microbial Diversity and Human Interactions and Lab
BI 312/312L Biostatistics and Lab BI 423/423L Histology and Lab
BI 424/424L Advanced Physiology and Lab
BI 425/425L Developmental Biology and Lab BI 427 Parasitology (3 Sem. Hrs.)
BI 429/429L Immunology and Lab
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II or CH 312/312L Organic Chemistry II and Lab
VET 242 Animal Nutrition & Laboratory Animals (3 Sem. Hrs.)
Two of the following electives:
PSY 200 General Psychology
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology PS 352 Abnormal Psychology
SO 301 Gender and Multicultural Studies SO 312 Majority/Minority Group Relations SO 361 Social Analysis
HS 320 Biomedical Ethics
HWM 327 Physiology of Exercise
HWM 450 Introduction to Epidemiology
Exercise Science or Kinesiology Elective (PTA 220, HWM 325, or as approved
by Advisor)
Total Required Hours 43-46


Bachelor of Science



Bachelor of Science