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Pre-Medicine

Last updated September 18, 2017

The goal of the pre-medical program at Morningside College is to provide appropriate course work in biology, chemistry, and physics and to develop good critical thinking and writing skills.  Applicants to medical school (MD or DO) are required to take the MCAT prior to completing their application.  Recommended majors for pre-medical study include biology, chemistry, or physics.  Careful advising and scheduling of additional science courses and internships beyond the minimum requirements of medical schools contribute to a high acceptance rate and excellent performance of Morningside graduates who pursue a medical degree.

Understanding your undergraduate path: 

Students at Morningside College who identify as Pre-Medicine typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. Schools will have their own requirements for prerequisites.  Allopathic requirements if all are met will work for Osteopahtic schools, but not vice versa as DO schools have fewer requirements and there are far fewer DO schools. MD/PhD Programs are also available.  Be sure to consult with your First Year Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of medicine that you plan to attend. 

The commonly accepted coursework requirements for medical school include a minimum of 1 year of:
General biology with Lab (2 semesters)
Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) with Lab (2 semesters)
Organic Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
Calculus, or in some cases Algebra/Stats will work (1-2 semesters)
English ( 2semesters)
*****semesters required can vary depending on the medical school

Pre-Medicine:  Biology B.S. and Chemistry B.A.

See Suggested 4 Year Plans by Major (Biology, Chemistry)

 

Individual schools select students on different criteria, but students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • 3.5GPA
  • Take the MCAT and earning a combined score above 500 is great
  • Need a college degree but not necessarily in science always (at Johns Hopkins a science degree is seen as a negative!)
  • Recommended involvements to be competitive in the application process: research, shadowing, volunteer service hours, and earned awards
  • OBSERVATION HOURS EXPECTED (like an internship)

Applying for Medical School:

Requirements for admission usually include the following:

  • Will have an interview
  • Write an essay & personal statement
  • Need letters of recommendation
  • Please refer to recommendations in “Understanding your Undergraduate Path”

Additional Resources:

Alumnus Profile: Ryan Meis

Career Services – Graduate School Information

Medical School

Preparing for Medical School