Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2016

Health Sciences Schools

 Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences:  
Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky 

Dean, School of Health Technology and Management: 
Craig A. Lehmann

Dean, School of Dental Medicine:
Mary R. Truhlar

Dean, School of Nursing:
Lee Anne Xippolitos

Dean, School of Social Welfare:
Jacqueline B. Mondros

This section provides an overview of Stony Brook's Health Sciences Schools and gives link references to the programs to which West Campus students may apply. Complete information about Health Sciences programs and courses as well as admission and graduation requirements can be found on the Health Sciences website: http://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/healthsciences.

Enrollment in courses is limited to students enrolled in health sciences programs but some courses are open to West Campus students. The list of open courses is available at the beginning of each enrollment period. Students may also consult the Course Descriptions section in this Bulletin.


Stony Brook Medicine, the overarching brand for the Stony Brook University medical enterprise, integrates and elevates all Stony Brook's health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes the five Health Sciences Schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare, as well as the Hospital, our major centers and institutes, programs, clinics and our community-based healthcare settings.

Stony Brook Medicine expresses our shared mission of research, clinical care, and education; a mission embraced by our faculty, staff, researchers, and students.  It is the embodiment of everything we do on behalf of the health of patients, not only here in our community, but also in the region and worldwide.  The Health Sciences Schools enroll over 3,800 students. View the Stony Brook Medicine website at http://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/healthsciences.

Program Offerings

Current offerings include both undergrad­uate and post-baccalaureate programs. The Health Sciences Schools offer the programs and degrees listed below. For expanded information on all undergraduate and graduate Health Sciences programs, visit http://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/healthsciences.

School of Health Technology and Management

  • B.S. Athletic Training
  • B.S. Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • B.S. Health Science
  • B.S. Respiratory Care
  • M.S. Occupational Therapy
  • Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management
  • M.S. Applied Health Informatics
  • M.S. and Certificate Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
  • M.S. Physician Assistant (entry-level or post-professional)
  • D.P.T. Physical Therapy (entry-level)
  • Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The School of Health Technology and Management offers a general Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with areas of concentration. Students may declare an interest in the major at any time and, upon completion of certain requirements, may advance to the senior year courses in the major.

Undergraduate students enter other programs at the junior level, although the School of Health Technology and Management also offers students interested in athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, or respiratory care the opportunity to begin their studies in their freshman year. Freshman applicants who have been admitted to the University and who have accepted the offer of admission may be eligible to declare the four-year, lower-division major in athletic training, respiratory care, or clinical laboratory sciences, after an interview with the program director.

School of Nursing

  • B.S., B.S./M.S., M.S. Nursing
  • Post Master's Nursing Certificates
  • D.N.P. Doctor of Nursing Practice

School of Social Welfare

  • B.S., M.S.W., Ph.D. Social Work
  • M.S.W./J.D. (Touro Law Center)

School of Dental Medicine

  • D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Concurrent DDS and MPH or DDS and MBA
  • Combined DDS-PhD and DDS-MS (Engineering and Applied Sciences)
  • M.S., Ph.D. Oral Biology and Pathology
  • Post-Doctoral Certificates in Endodon­tics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Periodontics
  • Residency Certificates in General Dental Practice, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Anesthesiology and Prosthodontics (offered in conjunction with Stony Brook University Hospital)

School of Medicine

  • M.D. Doctor of Medicine
  • M.D./Ph.D., M.S., Ph.D. Basic Sciences
  • M.D./M.P.H.
  • M.D./M.B.A.
  • M.D./M.A. 
  • M.S., Advanced Certificate in Nutrition

Program in Public Health

  • M.P.H Master of Public Health
  • M.B.A./M.P.H
  • M.P.H/M.A.P.P
  • M.P.H/M.S. Nutrition
  • Advanced Certificate in Health Communication, and Advanced Certificate in Health Education and Promotion

Combined Undergraduate Programs  

  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics, BS/Public Health, MPH
  • Pharmacology, BS/Public Health, MPH
  • Women’s Studies, BA/Public Health, MPH
  • Earth and Space Sciences, BA/ Public Health, MPH

Undergraduate Eligibility

All Health Sciences undergraduate programs begin in the junior year except for two programs, the Accelerated 12-Month Bachelor of Science program in the School of Nursing and the senior year B.S. Health Science in the School of Health Tech­nology and Management.

Students who have 57 university credits, including specific courses, are eligible to apply for admission to the individual programs offered by the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Social Welfare, and Nursing. In addition to the academic courses, Health Sciences programs have additional admissions requirements such as minimum g.p.a. and related health care experience. Programs have different prerequisites and students are advised to consult with appropriate academic advisors.

Students interested in the School of Nursing's Accelerated Bachelor of Science program must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in a non-nursing major as well as specific course prerequisites. Students in the Health Science major are considered for advancement to the Health Sciences senior year curriculum after completion of 91 university credits, including specific courses and program prerequisites. Students in the lower-division Clinical Laboratory Sci­ences, Athletic Training, and Respiratory Care majors are advanced to the upper-division program after successful completion of 57 credits and program prerequisites.

Most undergraduate programs are full-time. Part-time studies are offered by the Registered Nurse Baccalaureate  program in the School of Nursing.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to Health Sciences programs is highly selective since enrollment for each program is limited. Programs require a formal application except for the Health Science major in the School of Health Technology and Management. In addition, students can declare as a four year lower division major in freshman year: Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Respiratory Care. Students in these three programs are advanced to the upper-division level after successful completion of program prerequisites.

Applications are available online at http://www.stonybrook.edu/hscstudents/apply_now.shtml and should be obtained in the fall preceding the year of anticipated admission. Applications are accepted from both Stony Brook students and from students transferring to Stony Brook from other educational institutions. Stony Brook undergraduate students are not automatically admitted to Health Sciences programs. Applicants to occupational therapy must apply through OTCAS at https://portal.OTCAS.org. Clinical Laboratory Sciences and applicants to Respiratory Care apply through AHCAS at https://portal.ahcas.org.

Admissions are conducted for the spring, summer, or fall, depending on the starting date of the program. Each School in the Health Sciences is responsible for determining its own admissions policies and for selecting its own students. Admis­sions decisions are made by committees in each of the programs. Appli­cation processing and records are administered by the Health Sciences Office of Student Services.

Pre-Application Advising

Before applying for admission to the health professions programs, West Cam­pus students can receive advising about course sequences and requirements in Academic and Transfer Advising Services http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/advising/. In addition, programs in the Health Sciences programs hold informational meetings during the academic year at which advisors present overviews of the programs, explain admissions procedures, and advise students individually http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/hsstudents/admissions/info_sessions.html. The Health Sciences Office of Student Services provides general information regarding all Health Sciences programs.

Health Sciences Academic Calendars

Health Sciences courses may consist of one term (semester) or one or more session codes (module) as determined by the faculty of each school. Terms are the traditional academic periods from September to December (fall) and January to May (spring). Session codes are academic periods of approximately five weeks in length. When combined, session codes can become a fall term of September to December or a spring term of January to May or June. Health Sciences programs offer courses using both the term and session codes.

Term and session dates, including the beginning and ending dates, add/drop periods, and the session codes required for course registration are listed in the Health Sciences Bulletin and in the Health Sciences academic calendar published by the Health Sciences Office of Student Services. http://www.stonybrook.edu/hscstudents/academic_calendar.shtml

Graduate Health Professions Offerings

Stony Brook's Health Sciences Schools offer the following graduate programs:  the School of Medicine's M.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.A., and M.D./Ph.D. programs; the School of Dental Medicine's D.D.S. program; the School of Health Technology and Management's Physician Assistant program (M.S.), Health Care Management Advanced Certificate, Occupational Therapy (M.S.), Health and Rehabilitation Ph.D., and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs. The School of Social Welfare offers the M.S.W., dual M.S.W./J.D. (Touro Law Center), and Ph.D. programs. The School of Nursing offers Master's degree programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.). The Graduate Program in Public Health M.P.H. and M.S. in Nutrition are also are also offered as well as the Advanced Certificates in Health Communication and Health Education and Promotion. Ph.D. programs are offered in anatomical sciences, molecular genetics and microbiology, molecular and cellular pharmacology, physiology and biophysics, and oral biology and pathology. For information about these programs, please visit http://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/healthsciences.

Undergraduate students interested in the graduate health professions programs are strongly encouraged to visit Academic and Transfer Advising Services for information on programs and admissions requirements. Careful academic planning is needed to have the necessary credentials at the time of application.

Admissions requirements for the School of Dental Medicine require completion of specific courses prior to application as listed below:

School of Dental Medicine Requirements at Stony Brook University:

  1. Biology: 2 semesters with labs
  2. General Chemistry: 2 semesters with labs
  3. Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters with labs
  4. Physics: 2 semesters with labs
  5. English: 2 semesters writing intensive
  6. Biochemistry: 1 semester 
  7. Calculus I and Calculus II or 

    Calculus I and Statistics

Admissions requirements for the School of Medicine require completion of specific courses prior to matriculation as listed below:

School of Medicine Requirements at Stony Brook University:

  1. Biology: 2 semesters with lab, one of which should include a course in cell biology or genetics
  2. Chemistry: minimum of 4 semesters including coursework in general and organic chemistry and a course in biochemistry. A minimum of 3 semesters of lab is required.
  3. English/Writing: 1 semester
  4. Physics: 1 semester with lab
  5. Social Science/Humanities: 1 semester of either psychology, sociology, logic or ethics, anthropology, or philosophy
  6. Statistics: 1 semester

Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be considered for a course in which the applicant achieved a score of 4 or 5. AP credit not to exceed one course in a specific discipline.

School of Dental Medicine

Although its program is primarily for post-baccalaureate students, the School of Dental Medicine also offers research opportunities for elective credit to undergraduate students enrolled in courses of study in all departments of the University. To register for these courses, West Campus students should have earned a minimum of 57 University credits, but under appropriate circumstances individuals may be admitted with less than the desirable amount of credit. Permission of the instructor is required for all courses. Opportunities include but are not limited to student research placement and a pre-dental summer research fellowship. Students receive training in various research techniques and can attend our Dean's Lecture Series, consisting of seminars by nationally renowned speakers in dental and craniofacial research.

Scholars for Dental Medicine and Engineering Scholars for Dental Medicine

Stony Brook University offers two integrated eight-year programs for students interested in attending dental school following their undergraduate degrees. The Scholars for Dental Medicine program (SFDM) offers selected students in the Honors College an opportunity to complete a combined B.S. or B.A./D.D.S. course of study while participating in pre-dental school classes and activities. The Engineering Scholars for Dental Medicine (ESFDM) similarly offers students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences a combined B.E./D.D.S. course of study.  Students accepted into either program are reserved a seat in Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine upon graduation provided they complete all applicable program requirements. 

School of Medicine

Although its program is primarily for post-baccalaureate students, the School of Medicine offers research opportunities to undergraduate students enrolled in the University. Further information is available from the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center Transfer Advising Services Center.

Scholars for Medicine

Scholars for Medicine earn a Bachelor's/M.D. degree with four years of undergraduate course work and four years of medical school. All Scholars for Medicine are individually counseled on their careers throughout their participation in the program. Benefits include scholarship opportunities, help in finding laboratory placements for undergraduate research, regular advising from the Directors of the Honors College, WISE Program, Engineering Program,  and the premedical advisor, opportunities to meet faculty in the School of Medicine, and support and encouragement in the exploration of undergraduate and career opportunities.

Scholars for Medicine positions are available to select entering freshmen who have been accepted to either the Honors College, WISE Program, or Engineering Program. Eligibility criteria are: nomination of high school seniors by one of the three programs listed above; 1350 or above on the SATs; maturity; evidence of social commitment; evidence of interest in science; high moral character; breadth of interests; and strong communication skills.

All acceptances to the Scholars for Med­icine Program are conditional. Of critical importance is an ongoing assessment of the candidate's maturity, academic ability, and motivation and readiness to pursue a medical education. Scholars must continue to present exemplary academic accomplishments and those personal characteristics that exemplify a Scholar for Medicine. Students must maintain a minimum specified g.p.a. during the undergraduate years. All scholars are required to take the MCAT no later than fall of their senior year in college. Students must attain a specified MCAT score.

Scholars for Medicine students accepted into the combined program before matriculating at Stony Brook will have a place reserved in the Stony Brook Medical School contingent upon the above criteria. Final acceptance is dependent upon the ongoing evaluations by program advisors, letters of evaluation and MCAT performance. For more information, please go to: https://www.stonybrook.edu/undergraduate-admissions/academics/honors/

Health Professions Area of Interest

West Campus students interested in any of the undergraduate health professions are strongly encouraged to identify themselves by officially declaring an area of interest. Declaration of major/minor/area of interest forms are available in Academic and Transfer Advising Services.

Declaring an area of interest is not the same as declaring a major and does not assure acceptance into the Health Sciences programs.

Most forms of financial aid require that the student have an officially declared major in order to be considered for eligibility.