Pre-Professional Program for Medical Sciences

Medical sciences

The Pre-Professional Program for Medical Sciences provides information, advisement, and services to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in any major who wish to prepare for careers in medicine (including physician's assistant), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary medicine.

The minimum prerequisites for admission to the various professional schools in these areas include the following:

  • Biology including laboratory (8 credits)
  • General chemistry including laboratory (8 credits)
  • Organic chemistry including laboratory (8 credits)
  • Physics including laboratory (8 credits)
  • Mathematical analysis or calculus (6 credits)

The specific academic requirements and course descriptions for the above programs may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Additional courses in molecular biology and biochemistry are highly recommended, as is participation in scientific research and a pre-professional internship. Students are more likely to be accepted to and succeed in medical school if they have a well-rounded education, a high GPA, a good score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), volunteer experience, and good leadership and communication skills. For more information, see the American Medical Associaton's Education and Careers page.

The Advisory Committee for the Medical Professions, made up of faculty from the biology and chemistry departments, oversees Immaculata's Pre-Professional Program for Medical Sciences. Faculty advisers in biology and chemistry confer with upper-level students about their future medical school plans. Most medical schools require applicants to take the MCAT, but each school has its own requirements and specific tests. The Advisory Committee encourages students to learn about the unique application requirements of each medical school. The Committee and individual faculty members are available to interview students and write letters of recommendation for medical schools.

For further information, contact Dr. Kathryn Lysko, chair of the Advisory Committee for the Medical Professions, at klysko@immaculata.edu. You may also explore these resources for students interested in medicine.


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