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Last updated October 30, 2020

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 and/or chemistry. 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 Osteopathic schools, but not vice versa as DO schools have fewer requirements and there are far fewer DO schools. MD/ Ph.D. Programs are also available. Be sure to consult with your Academic 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:

  • 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/Statistics (1-2 semesters)
  • English (2 semesters)

Each medical school has its own undergraduate prerequisites, so applicants should contact the school or college of their choice for specific requirements. Be sure to consult with your Academic Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the medical school that you plan to attend.

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

See Suggested Four 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:

  • 3.5 minimum GPA
  • Take the MCAT and earn a combined score of at least 500
  • College Degree - but not necessarily in science (at Johns Hopkins a science degree is seen as a negative!)
  • Involvements to help to be competitive in the application process including research, shadowing, and volunteer service hours

Applying for Medical School:

Requirements for admission usually include the following:

  • An interview
  • An essay and personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Additional Resources:

Alumnus Profile: Ryan Meis

Career Services – Graduate School Information

Medical School

Preparing for Medical School