Health profession preparation

The Jamestown Community College biotechnology curriculum can be used for the first two years of a biology or biochemistry degree at a four-year school, including health professions such as medical school, dental school, veterinary school, and pharmacy school.

  • If you are planning on attending schools of medicine or veterinary medicine, you will likely prepare for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). Typically, good performance on the MCAT is important for continuing your education in medicine.
  • If you are interested in pharmacy, you will need to take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test). You can also explore JCC's LECOM Pharmacy Program.

Schools for the health professions require you to do volunteer work and to have some practical experience in your health profession of choice (for example, pharmacy for a pharmaceutical career, clinic or hospital experience for a physician, or veterinary clinic or zoo experience for a veterinarian). You will also want a health professional in your field of interest write you a strong letter of recommendation for your application.

Applying to a health profession college

Most people begin the application process in their junior year if they're looking to begin grad school the year after their senior year. If you apply to medical school or veterinary school, you will need to seek an institutional letter of recommendation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee at your four-year school. This committee is generally comprised of representatives from across the college. They will ask for letters of recommendation from multiple people (usually at least 3) and there is a strong expectation that many of these recommendations will be from faculty (including science faculty) and health professionals. Some of these letters can also come from community college faculty. It is critical that you get to know faculty from each institution you attend (especially the science faculty) to get these letters. The Health Professions Advisory Committee will use these letters to draft their institutional letter of recommendation, in some cases using direct quotes.

Additionally, you will be expected to write a personal statement and may be interviewed by members of the committee. These are used to assess your motivation and determination to obtain a career in the health professions, as well as to assess your communication skills.

The prehealth professions committee will write you an institutional letter of recommendation, which is required for application to medical school or veterinary school. They do have the option to decline to support your application. However, if you have been out of college for a few years, you may find that the institutional letter is not needed in many cases.

Working in western New York

Employers in New York look for biotechnologists, so you can choose to work in or out of the area.

Area employers
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