Academics at Utica College
Joint Health Programs
Utica College is pleased to offer joint health professions programs with several professional schools. Students in the joint health profession programs study at Utica College for three years and spend four years at the professional school. UC awards the bachelor's degree after the first year of professional study is satisfactorily completed.
Although admission to the professional school is decided separately and not guaranteed, some preference - usually in the form of a guaranteed interview - is given to participants in the joint health professions program when they apply, usually in their sophomore or junior year at UC.
UC has agreements with the following medical programs:
- State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy
- University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine
- University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- New York Chiropractic College
Admission to joint health professions programs is highly selective and involves a three-phase process.
Applicants must complete and submit the Utica College application for admission by January 15 of their senior year in high school. The Admissions Committee then reviews the application for a decision on acceptance to Utica College. An acceptance to Utica College does not mean automatic consideration for the joint health professions programs. The Admissions Committee decides if the applicant is eligible for consideration for the joint health professions degree programs and, if so, a supplemental application is sent. Applicants lacking the academic credentials required for the joint health degree programs will be notified by Utica College.
Applicants who receive acceptance to Utica College and the supplemental application are required to complete and submit the supplemental application by February 15. The professional school will review applications and decisions will be made by April 1.
The selective nature of the program requires that all applicants visit campus for a personal interview with an admissions counselor at Utica College by February 15. If an applicant is unable to visit, a phone interview can be arranged.
Students admitted to the joint health professions program apply to professional school in their second or third year of college (depending on specific school requirements). Admission decisions by the professional school will be based in part on specific admissions test scores (e.g., MCAT, OAT, DAT). Admission to professional school is not guaranteed. Students not admitted to professional school complete their bachelor's degree at UC and may again apply to professional school again as juniors or seniors.
Specific admissions requirements vary for each joint health professions program. Regardless of the professional school, a strong record of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and community involvement are expected. Minimum requirements for each program are listed below.
SUNY College of Optometry in New York City offers both a 3 + 4 program and an early assurance program. It seeks to improve public access, cost-effectiveness, and quality outcomes of eye, vision, and related health care delivery.
Admissions Requirements: 93 cumulative GPA, 1360 SAT (700 Math) or 29 ACT
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, reserves five seats for UC students. UNECOM has a primary objective of training osteopathic family physicians that will practice in the under-served areas of New England. Opportunities also exist for medical students to specialize in such areas as surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and radiology, among others. A distinctive characteristic of medical education at UNECOM is the focus on preventive medicine. Students are trained not only to care for the sick but also to participate with their patients to promote health.
Admissions Requirements: Be in the Top 20% of class, 1170 SAT or 26 ACT
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, reserves 15 seats for UC students. LECOM's purpose is to educate and develop primary care physicians in the osteopathic tradition. It also proposes to provide students with a firm academic background so that those who wish may advance further into the osteopathic specialties, such as surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and radiology, among others. Students may also pursue seats in the LECOM School of Pharmacy or School of Dental Medicine.
Admissions Requirements: 3.5 or 90 GPA, 1240 GPA or 26 ACT
Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH, cooperates with UC in an accelerated binary degree program admitting highly qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession, proven academic abilities, and superior personal qualifications.
Admissions Requirements: Be in the Top 20% of class, 1170 SAT or 26 ACT
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buffalo, NY cooperates with Utica College in a 3+4 Early College Partnership. Students complete three years of study at UC, then apply for the PharmD program at UB. Once accepted, the students’ first year pharmacy credits are recognized and applied toward the completion of their Bachelor’s degree at UC.
Admissions Requirements: 1200 SAT or 27 ACT
New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY offers a 3+3 program in partnership with Utica College resulting in the completion of a Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Studies from UC and a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from NYCC. The Bachelor’s degree is awarded by UC after a student’s first year of successful completion of study in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at NYCC.
Admissions Requirements: 90 or 3.5 GPA, 1150 SAT (550 Verbal, 600 Math)
Standards of Continuation
Each program has specific requirements for continuation. Upon acceptance into a program, students will receive the requirements for continuation. Students must receive the recommendation of Utica College's Advisory Committee for the Health Professions (ACHP) for continuation in the combined medical program and follow the admissions procedures stipulated by the graduate program.
The Advisory Committee for the Health Professions (ACHP) is designed to support students in these programs. The committee includes professors of biology and chemistry as well as members of the Mohawk Valley professional community, including at least one physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, chiropractor, and veterinarian. Each student meets with committee members at least twice a year.
Through this committee, students are given the opportunity to ask questions, receive advice, find opportunities to volunteer in hospitals and clinics with practicing professionals, and keep abreast of dates for exams such as the MCAT and DAT.
Utica College is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.