Pre-Professional Health Programs

Academic Coursework

The course requirements for veterinary school vary by school, so it is highly recommended that a student make an appointment with the Pre-Veterinary advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for veterinary school.   A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action.  Contact Brittany Wampler, Coordinator of Pre-Professional Health Programs  with questions or to schedule an advising appointment, 216.687.9321.

Ross University Veterinary Medicine Academic Course Requirements

The list below provides a guideline for courses that Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Requires. Due to our affiliation agreement with Ross University, students must complete these courses successfully and then will apply to Ross University via VMCAS or their university website. 

  • BIO 200/201 Intro to Biology I with lab
  • BIO 202/203 Intro to Biology II with lab
  • CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I with lab
  • CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II with lab
  • CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I with lab
  • PHY 221 or 231 College Physics I with lab or Physics with Biomedical Applications I with lab
  • BIO 306 or CHM 402 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Biochemistry I (Students opting for Biochemistry I must also complete Organic Chemistry II)
  • BIO 308/309 or BIO 310/311 Cell Biology or Genetics
  • ENG 101 English Composition I
  • MTH: Students are encouraged to take at least one Math course between Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics
  • Nine semester hours of electives. Students choose at least one from this approved list: Comparative Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Physiology, Microbiology, Foreign Language, Public Speaking, Introduction to Business

In addition to the requirements outlined, students are also required to: 

  • Maintain an overall Grade Point Average of 3.2 or higher. 
  • A Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in all courses designated by RUSVM as prerequisites for admission. 
  • No F, D, or C- grade in any prerequisite course designated by RUSVM (all prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the past 10 years).
  • A score in the 25th percentile of better in each category of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In the case of multiple attempts, the highest score is taken from each section.

For detailed descriptions of these and other courses, refer to the Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine Prerequisites

Additional Information about Veterinary Medicine Academic Course Requirements

Many students apply to multiple veterinary medical schools. Each school has their own requirements and the above list is not comprehensive for all veterinary schools and programs. Each school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools they plan to apply to. 

For specific information about individual veterinary school course prerequisites, consult one of the schools listed at American Association for Veterinary Medical Colleges.