There are some courses at Holy Cross specifically designed to support health professions students. The Health Professions Advising Office coordinates access to certain courses where enrollment is by permission only. To gain access to courses where enrollment is by permission only, students must register with health professions advising and promptly reply to the e-mail sent seeking interest in the classes before the stated deadline. E-mails are usually sent just before enrollment advising. There are limited seats in these classes. If you were unable to obtain in a seat in a course you need for your health professional graduate school, you may want to consider taking a course through HECCMA, the consortium of Worcester-area colleges. Holy Cross students may register for one course per semester at one of these colleges as part of their Holy Cross tuition, and the courses will appear on the Holy Cross transcript. Information for enrolling in courses is found at the HECCMA website. Permission of the class dean is required.
Courses by permission of health professions office only
Biol 171 & 172 Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 (Fall, Spring): These courses in human anatomy and physiology are designed for students interested in allied health, and not medical or veterinary school. The prerequisite is Biol 161 or 162. These courses do not count toward the biology major. Students seeking entry to medical school (and biology majors) should instead take Biol 213 Comparative Chordate Morphology and Biol 390 Physiology.
Biol 210 Microbiology for Allied Health (Spring): This course in microbiology is designed for students interested in allied health, and not medical or veterinary school. The prerequisites are Biol 161 and Chem 181. This course does not count toward the biology major. Biology majors and students seeking entry to medical school should instead take Biol 223 Microbiology (Fall) which has additional prerequisites.
Some seats limited seats may be available by permission
Socl 101 The Sociological Perspective: This class is open to first and second year students only. If you are a third or fourth year student and need a seat in this course contact the course instructor. However, it is likely that the course will not be open to third and fourth year students.
Psych 100 Introduction to Psychology: This class is open to first and second year students only. If you are a third or fourth year student and need a seat in this course contact the course instructor.
What are alternatives if Holy Cross courses cannot be taken?
HECCMA Holy Cross students may take one course per semester at another Worcester-area college as part of the HECCMA consortium and have the course appear on the Holy Cross transcript (as part of Holy Cross tuition). Students need permission from the class dean. Details of procedures and course listings are available from HECCMA.
Summer / winter / post-bacc courses Students may take courses at other institutions during breaks or even after graduation. However, students should be careful to determine that the courses meet requirements of individual graduate schools. For example, some accept online courses (and some do not), and some accept community college credit (and some do not). Not all courses may be transferred to Holy Cross. To be eligible for transfer, a course must meet an academic program or college requirement (health professions advising is not considered an academic program). Class dean consent is also required. However untransferred courses may still be used to meet graduate school requirements, and are considered by the Health Professions Advising Committee in their evaluations. They can also be used as prerequisites for Holy Cross courses. Students should speak to a health professions advisor, class dean, academic advisor or professor before taking a course at another institution.
Additional courses of interest to health professions students
Math 220 Statistics: This course is an appropriate course to meet the statistics requirement of medical and other health professional schools for students who do not have a statistics course in their major.
Phil 250 Medical Ethics
Rels 230 Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics
Anth 260 Medical Anthropology (note: ANTH 101 is not required as a prerequisite)
Socl 278 Gender, Body, Health
Span 219 Directed Independent Medical Spanish