Course Overview

The healthcare industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. As technologies in the field advance, the number of new and exciting career opportunities continues to rise. With so many options, both existing and on the horizon, students interested in the medical and healthcare sector require exposure across the vast possibilities that will be available to them in the future.

High school students in the Pre-Med and Healthcare Professions pre-college course will explore a broad spectrum of healthcare related fields; from obstetrics to gerontology, psychology to physical therapy, nutrition to neuroscience, the importance of research, and more. Gaining insights into these fields is important for high school students as the variety of healthcare jobs require different degrees, certificates, practicum hours, etc. This STEM course will help students as they consider what their journey will look like as they work towards becoming a healthcare professional.

There is no specific major, minor, area of research, or academic program that is required by professional schools. Undergraduate pre-health students must complete requisite courses (predominantly sciences), but they are strongly encouraged to select a major that reflects their personal and academic interests. Undergrads are encouraged to explore the many majors, minors and Integrated Learning Majors offered at Syracuse and pursue the academic plan that is right for them. Related majors and minors offered within Syracuse University’s schools and colleges include:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Exercise Science (Physical Therapy)
  • Forensic Science
  • Gerontology
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Science and Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Work

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the healthcare industry
  • Engage with healthcare professionals
  • Take part in multiple virtual sessions with professional Syracuse University pre-med/pre-health advising staff and Honors advising staff
  • Become acquainted with a variety of potential college majors
  • Learn how to map out different college majors with potential career options

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 057

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“I was lucky enough to attend the Pre-Med and Health Professions course at Syracuse University Summer College. It was extremely beneficial for me because it not only pertained to my interests but also encouraged me to really look more deeply into the field of medicine. I learned about biomedical engineering, pediatrics, nutrition, public health, and much much more, all at the hands of real doctors and professionals who offered advice and knowledge about their own practices. I had the chance to speak with physicians and learn about fields that I never considered, and I really feel that this course has affirmed my interest in medicine and helped me begin my journey to becoming a physician.”

—Emilie S., Summer College – Online Pre-Med and Health Professions Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session I: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, Aug. 2, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Respect rules and policies
  • Complete all academic requirements

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Faculty TBD.