Beyond allopathic medicine (MD), there are five professions that NYU students often become interested in: osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and physician's assistant. You can find more information on these five careers. Other careers that may intrigue you include chiropractic, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and public health.
Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Applicants: These schools also require coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry, however, the schools are not standardized or uniform in their expectations for this coursework. Many will accept courses that are specifically designed for allied health professionals, and do not count toward a biology major, while others will insist on coursework that would be counted toward a biology major. School policies change frequently, therefore, you must develop a list of target schools and familiarize yourself with their policies. Feel free to reach out to a PT or PA school to confirm a course is appropriate for fulfilling their requirements before enrollling; they are accustomed to the question! We strongly recommend retaining all syllabi from prerequisite courses.
Most schools want a full year of Anatomy & Physiology (A&P). There are a number of ways to take this course at NYU; you need to find the match between your schools and our offerings - or offerings elsewhere if the NYU options do not fit your target school needs. One option is the Human Anatomy OT-UE 1401/1402 course offered by the Occupational Therapy Department at Steinhardt, which traditionally offers the lecture in the fall and a 1 credit lab in the spring. The same department also offers OT-UE 1001/1002, Principles of Anatomy, which offers lecture and lab in the same semester; most recently the spring. The biology department offers Practical Human Physiology (BIOL-UA 7), which cannot count toward the biology major or minor but may satisfy some schools requirements. For details about anticipated future offerings for these niche courses, you may need to speak with the department about their plans.
Intro to Human Physiology NUTR-UE 1068 (without lab) is offered by our Nutrition program and Microbiology NURSE-UN 75 (without lab) by our nursing program. These would only be appropriate for programs that accept coursework that is specific for health professionals and without lab. Students (undergrads and postbaccs) who are applying to programs that require labs must finish their NYU coursework and take the remaining work at another institution. Historically Pace University and Hunter College have been popular with our students seeking prerequisites that are not neatly filled here.