Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their primary major who will advise them based on their major curriculum. Students who are interested in a pre-health career are encouraged to speak with their advisor. Since pre-health programs aren’t actual majors, we want to ensure your understanding of our degree programs, along with providing information for graduate or medical school.
Our Pre-Professional Advisory Committee is made up of professors and faculty members in a variety of disciplines to help prepare students to apply for medical and other professional schools by offering mock-interviews and writing a committee letter of recommendation. Students can get connected to the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee through their academic advisor.
Pre-Professional Interview Request Application Pre-Professional Committee Evaluation Form
To become a doctor, you would normally begin by receiving a bachelor’s degree (approximately four years), and then continue to medical school (approximately four years). After medical school, you would go on to a residency training program, where you’ll specialize in a particular area of medicine, such as: family practice, obstetrics, pediatrics or surgery. Most residencies are approximately three years, though some can last up to nine.
Medical and professional schools require courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math and English. It is not required to take these courses in high school, though you are encouraged to enter college with skills to prepare you for these types of courses.
Many professional schools will accept college credit received in high school, though AP courses are not always accepted because they are not on a 4.0 grading scale. Each individual program will have their own policies on AP or IB credits.
Develop good time management and study skills while you’re in high school. Practicing skills like time management, note taking, and different study and test-taking strategies will make your transition from high school to college much easier. You need to do very well academically to get into professional school, so it’s important to develop these skills now.