Advisory Committee

Receive guidance and support as you pursue a career in health and biomedical sciences.

The Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Advisory Committee is here to help you during your time as a student in the program.


  • Academic and career advising
  • Plan of study to complete any prerequisites
  • Guidance on application process
  • Interviews with Committee members
  • Information on review courses for standardized tests
  • Letters of Recommendation/Evaluation to selected schools
  • Library of study guides for entrance exam


The USJ Health Professions Advisory Committee will help you achieve your goals by advising you on course study, internships, and research opportunities.

Taking the Right Courses

To become a competitive applicant, you’ll need required courses, tests, and experiential learning. Medical, pharmacy, veterinary, dental or other professional programs and schools, while not requiring or recommending any particular major, stipulate that specific undergraduate courses be completed. The recommended minimum prerequisite courses listed below are required for many health professions programs.

“Core” requirements for many health professions programs:

  • Two semesters of General or Introductory Biology (with Laboratory)
  • One semester of Advanced Biology (i.e. Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics)
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry (with Laboratory)
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (with Laboratory)
  • Two semesters of General or Introductory Physics (with Laboratory)
  • Two semesters of English Composition
  • Two semesters of Mathematics (Calculus, Statistics)

In addition to “core” courses, other programs may require course such as microbiology, statistics, psychology, sociology or behavioral sciences, oral communication, and/or biochemistry.

Finding the Perfect Research & Internship Opportunities

Many programs require direct patient care hours, so students pursue firsthand experiences through research, internships, or volunteer opportunities, arranged by faculty and advisors. Our students have completed work and study at Pfizer laboratories, Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut, Department of Public Health, and veterinary clinics.

Laboratory Research: Take advantage of research opportunities with USJ faculty including cellular and molecular biology, oncology, virology, chemistry, genomics, environmental health, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology or participate in summer research with a focus on medical school, graduate school (Ph.D. programs) or public health.

Clinical Research: Local hospitals such as Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital offer opportunities for clinical research in addition to Health Career Opportunity Programs ( at UConn Health focused on health disparities and medical/dental preparatory programs.

Enrichment Programs: The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program ( offers experiences combining academic enrichment, clinical exposure, and career development for medical or dental programs. Sites include Yale University and Columbia University.

Volunteering: Leadership skills and diversity awareness can be demonstrated by volunteering at the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at hospitals, or working with medical technicians or nurse’s aides.

Once enrolled at USJ, you can join our Blackboard Team for up-to-date information on research opportunities, program and standardized test materials, events, and more.

Join a Long History of Alumni Success

Equipped with the advantage of expert faculty coupled with direct research and internship experience, our graduate work as scientists, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, cellular biologists, biotechnologists, and more. Recent graduates are pursuing the following:

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Assistantship at Jackson Laboratories
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Master’s Degree in General Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Allopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing

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