Pre-Medicine (Allopathic and Osteopathic)

If you are interested in being a doctor, our pre med options are right for you!

Fall 2012 Cadaver Prosection lab studentsAllopathic Medicine

The allopathic physician (M.D.) performs a spectrum of functions that includes promotion of health, prevention of disease, diagnosis and treatment of disease, rehabilitation, basic and applied research, teaching and organization and delivery of health services. The medical curriculum is four years in length, followed by residency training for a minimum of three years, depending on the area of specialization. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants.

Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health professions in the U.S. The osteopathic physician (D.O.) is trained and licensed to give complete medical care to patients, including promotion of health, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, rehabilitation and organization and delivery of health services. The training of the osteopathic physician is based on the philosophy that the body is a single unit, where structure and function are interrelated, with the musculoskeletal system playing a significant role in health and disease. The D.O. and M.D. earn equivalent degrees; they are both complete physicians. As with M.D.s, D.O.s attend medical school for four years, with one year of internship and a minimum of two years of residency, depending on the specialty. The MCAT is required off all applicants.

Pre-Medical Program

The Pre-Medical Program is administered by the Pre-Professional Health Advisor. This program will likely attract pre-med students (allopathic, osteopathic, dental, veterinary, podiatry, optometry), but is an excellent preparation for PA, PT, RN, Chiropractic Medicine. Pre-"Medical" is intended to mean health professions, not strictly pre-doctor. Any student who does not prefer this program, or cannot meet the requirements, can pursue a health career without this program. This can be added to any major, but it is not a stand-alone program. Students must have at least one institutionally defined major in addition to this program. Refer to the On-Campus Programs section of this catalog for program acceptance and grade point average requirements.

Program Requirements: BIO 123, 124, 223, 363, 364; CHM 111, 112, 201, 202, 415; ENG 101; MTH 222; PHY 101, 102. Additional recommended courses are BIO 224, 325, 365, 403.


What schools look for:
Different schools rank and weigh the following criteria differently. It is advisable to call the admissions department and directly ask them how they weigh their criteria.

  • Interview - very important
  • Grades
  • Shadowing/volunteer work
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Test scores

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