Prospective Community College Transfers
Competitive graduate-level health science programs such as medical or dental schools interpret many things from the academic information submitted by an applicant. The application will collect a list of courses, credits and grades earned from every school an applicant has attended. Admissions teams are looking for consistency and upward growth trends in grades, which points to an applicant's ability to think critically, problem solve, and manage their time wisely.
While community colleges may offer courses that are equivalent to the ones needed to apply to a given school, graduate-level health science programs often state there are limits on the number of community college courses that will be accepted in meeting prerequisites. Admissions offices and committees have stated that taking prerequisite science classes at a four-year school may better prepare applicants for the demanding and challenging curriculum of medical or dental school.
What does this mean for students who want or need to start at a community college and plan to apply to medical or dental school? The PMHS advisors suggest the following options when planning your transfer coursework:
- Limit community college coursework to one year of credits
- Take entry-level courses when possible
- Use the reverse transfer option when pursuing the Michigan Transfer Agreement or an associate degree
- If transferring to WSU, take all of your chemistry courses at WSU so there is no content lost in the transfer
Students who have taken more than a year of community college coursework shouldn't worry, however. The pre-med and pre-dental advisors do meet with prospective students and can provide suggestions on the best ways to move forward with a competitive application.
Pre-Medical and Dental Transfer Equivalency Table
The courses in the equivalency table below are for select Michigan community colleges and represent the recommended coursework for most US medical and dental schools as well as the recommended courses necessary to prepare for entrance exams. Please note that pre-medicine and pre-dentistry are not WSU majors. Pre-health advisors can help you select a major.
Pre-Med and Dental Equivlanecy Tables (table in development)
All transfer admits
Pre-health transfers arrive to WSU with a variety of backgrounds and at different levels of academic and professional preparation for their intended programs. Pre-med and Health Science Center advisors are here to provide timely and reliable information to help you maximize your time at WSU.
Here are some key steps:
1. Select a major - Graduate-level healthcare programs require a bachelors degree and transfer students can work with a pre-health advisor to discuss their options. For a full list of majors available for undergraduate studies at WSU, visit the programs page.
2. Attend Transfer Orientation – You will receive information on Transfer Orientation once you have been admitted. At Orientation you will meet with an advisor to discuss your transfer credit, and register for your first term.
3. Attend an Essentials Session – Essentials sessions are critical information meetings designed to prepare pre-health students to be successful applicants to their intended healthcare program. Each session includes a review of coursework, recommended professional experiences, test preparation, and application information. You can find the Essentials session for your intended program, along with an RSVP link, on our Essentials page.
4. Become familiar with the PMHSC website – There is a lot of helpful information right here! In addition, you can check out our upcoming events on the homepage.
5. Check your WSU email – Once you attend a meeting, certain programs will add you to a program-specific listserve which will ensure that you are notified directly of all programming and other opportunities. You can also follow us on Instagram: @wsuprehealth.
6. Meet with an advisor regularly - We encourage you to meet with your pre-health advisor during your first term at WSU. Let us help you plan for your future success and define your goals for the year. In addition, check the homepage for information on our weekly small group advising sessions.