Pre-Medicine

The medical field offers some of today’s most rewarding, flexible, and dynamic careers.

As a physician, you will provide real contributions to others and to society. You will study the endlessly fascinating human body and can choose whether to work for yourself or in partnership with others. You will pursue a specialty of interest and might even develop new treatments and cures for deadly diseases. In short, you will create the career of your dreams.

Yes, you’ll attend an allopathic or osteopathic medical program which typically takes four years to complete after undergrad. For students interested in the Elmhurst College affiliation with A.T. Still University and Lake Erie College of Medicine, please visit our academic affiliations page.

Most medical schools encourage students to pursue undergraduate majors in areas of personal interest and talent, while achieving balance and variety in their academic work. A well-balanced liberal arts education is recommended. Students with certain majors do not receive admission preference.

Requirements vary from one school to another so students must confirm prerequisite courses directly with the individual schools. Most schools require one year of biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and English.

Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 200, 201, 315, 430, 442, 443
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312, 315, 316
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
  • PSY 210
  • SOC 211
  • MTH 151, 345 (or PSY 355)
  • ENG 105, 106

Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and should complete natural and social sciences courses prior to the exam.

You will meet with the health professions advisor to match your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance.

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