Courses, Grades, and Credits

AP Courses

  • Although accepted by UNH, AP credit is not universally accepted by medical, dental, and other health professions programs.
  • If you have AP credit for any prerequisite courses (except for ENGL 401), we strongly recommend taking the equivalent course at UNH.
  • If you have placed out of one of the above courses and do not take the equivalent course, an applicant will need to take additional upper-level courses in that subject area.
  • If you choose to retake a course at UNH that already has AP credit, you will forfeit the AP credit since you cannot receive credit for a duplicate course.

Prerequisite sciences courses at other schools

  • It is important to build a strong foundation in the sciences to succeed in your intended graduate program. 
  • The first-year science sequences are building blocks for the upper-level sciences.
  • Completing the foundation courses at the same school that you will complete the upper-level course leads to greater success and develop stronger connections with your science faculty. 
  • Note that not all graduate programs accept science prerequisites completed at a community college. Unless circumstances make it necessary for you to take community college courses, you may want to reconsider this.
  • If there are other courses that you are interested in completing at a community college, you should check with your major advisor to be sure they will fulfill University requirements. It is rarely advisable to split a two-semester science course between different schools.

Summer Courses

  • Graduate schools want evidence that a prospective student performs well in a rigorous curriculum.
  • Whether you are in a science or non-science major, it is important to demonstrate you perform well while taking at least two lab science prerequisite courses simultaneously and as part of a full course load.
  • There may be circumstances that require you to take a prerequisite in the summer, such as very structured major requirements or student-athletes who cannot fit in required lab times.  
  • You are encouraged to discuss your situation with the Health Professions office.

Repeating a Course

  • If you receive a C- in a course, you may wish to repeat the course because you did not gain a sufficient foundation in that subject.  
  • C is commonly the lowest grade a health professions program will accept. (Check the website of the individual schools). 
  • If you received a grade of C or C-, rather than repeating the same course and assuming an understanding of the materials, consider taking an upper-level course in the same area and demonstrating success in and understanding the more advanced concepts.
  • If you receive a grade lower than a C- you will need to re-take the course.
  • For medical schools applicants, when applying, the repeated course grades are averaged.

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