The pre-medical studies program is designed for students who are interested in a variety of health professions, including medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, physical therapy, podiatry, veterinary medicine and other fields.
Admission to graduate programs in the health professions usually requires additional courses outside of the chosen major. This additional study can be accomplished through our pre-medical studies program, which provides undergraduate students with the appropriate educational and experiential background necessary to meet the entrance requirements of many different graduate programs in the health professions.
The pre-medical studies program must be declared in addition to another degree and is not a stand-alone program.
Enrolled students interested in pursuing the pre-medical designation should directly seek advice from Anna Gilmore, director of prehealth advising. In addition to overseeing the pre-medical designation program, the director of prehealth advising can advise students on extracurricular activities and strategies to make them competitive for their specific field of interest. These activities include participation in basic/applied research; clinical work; volunteer work; experiences that increase personal integrity, interpersonal skills, maturity and illustrate a genuine interest in medicine (i.e., clinical exposure opportunities and philanthropic activities); leadership experiences/effective teamwork; computer literacy; and opportunity to develop interviewing skills.
The director of prehealth advising works closely with the Health Professions Advisory Committee, which writes letters of recommendation for qualified individuals applying to postgraduate studies in the health professions that require a committee letter.