Health Professions Advising

The field of medicine needs individuals from broad educational backgrounds who will bring a variety of talents and interests to the profession.

Therefore, it is important to have a broad liberal arts education with a strong foundation in the sciences.

At Hartwick, our emphasis on the Liberal Arts in Practice combined with our award-winning Physical and Life Sciences Division, provides students with opportunities that enhance our Pre-Med and Pre-Allied Health programs.

‘Pre-Med’ generally refers to medical, dental, veterinary, podiatry, optometry. ‘Pre-Allied Health” generally refers to physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, pharmacy, public health, and genetic counseling. ‘Pre-Health’ is an umbrella term for nearly all healthcare related fields.

Part of our program is the Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC), whose members serve as advisors and evaluators for students interested in pursuing a career in health care. Members of this committee assist students by advising them and by providing the following:

  • Meet the Committee: Meeting with Distribution of Pre-Med and Pre-Allied Health Information
  • Careers in Medicine Forum
  • Sponsor of Pre-Health Internships
  • Pre-Med or Pre-Allied Health Interview
  • Pre-Med or Pre-Allied Letter of Support for Application
  • Health Professional Advising Program

Pre-Med & Pre-Allied Health Programs Course Requirements

Admission requirements vary by profession. Our Health Professions Advising Faculty and Staff can assist you in taking the right steps in preparing for a career in healthcare.

For quick reference, here are the typical required courses at Hartwick for many medical and healthcare-related graduate programs:

  • BIOL 191 Intro. Molecular & Cell Biology​
  • BIOL ​192 Intro. Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 293 Intro. Ecology and Evolution
  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 108 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOC 405 Biochemistry
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I (or PHYS 140)
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II (or PHYS 141)
  • MATH 108 and 121 , Statistics and Calculus
  • English, literature course and composition course
  • Introductory courses in Psychology and Sociology

The minimum requirements for many pre-allied health programs may vary considerably from this list. Be sure to use the handbook or search schools directly for the specific course recommendations.


HPAC Administrative Assistant Heather Babbitt,, 607-431-4730 Johnstone Science Center

HPAC Chair & Advisor Dr. Andrew Piefer, Professor of Chemistry,, 607-431-4916 Johnstone Science Center

HPAC Advisor Joe Ficano, Director of Academic Advising,, 607-431-4564