Formation for Medical School

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What is Pre-Med?

A pre-med program is a course of study intended to prepare students for either allopathic medical school (MD), osteopathic medical school (DO), or podiatric medical school (DPM). A student can be any major and still be pre-med, but will be most successful in a major he or she is passionate about. However, there are common prerequisite science courses required or recommended by medical schools. In addition, a student must take the medical college admissions test (MCAT).

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Rigorous Liberal Arts Formation

Medical school is academically intensive, requiring a heavy load of memorization and the comprehension of complex scientific ideas. Furthermore, it necessitates the ability to critically analyze, process, apply, and communicate the learned information. A mixture of science and liberal arts classes will give a strong base for success in medical school.

Benedictine College offers a variety of rigorous courses in the sciences and liberal arts that will provide not only the prerequisites needed for medical school, but also the liberal arts framework that helps with critical analysis as well as written and oral communication.

Best Pre-Med Majors

There are common prerequisite courses you have to take to be admitted to medical school, and several majors will allow you to take these prerequisite courses within the major. These majors are academically rigorous, preparing you for the demands of medical school. Some examples of pre-med majors that can help students prepare for medical school are Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, or Chemistry.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the most common major among matriculated medical students is biology or biochemistry (54% of matriculants), followed by chemistry (10% of matriculants) and psychology (10% of matriculants).

Outside the Classroom

Medical schools expect students to not only have a strong academic record, but also have a strong record of leadership and service outside of the classroom. Students should seek out service opportunities both at the college and in the broader community that demonstrate a desire to help others with compassion and empathy. Furthermore, students should demonstrate the ability to be a leader in different environments, establishing a clear intrapersonal maturity. Benedictine College has numerous opportunities to be involved in student organizations, academic groups, and community service projects both at home and abroad.

Strong Student-Faculty Relationships

Medical schools expect students to have strong letters of evaluations, vouching for the student’s academic aptitude and overall motivation. At Benedictine College, because of small class sizes and professor-guided research opportunities, students have numerous opportunities to interact one-on-one with professors. This builds relationships that will not only help with recommendation letter writing, but will provide sustainable professional relationships that will provide a basis of community learning during a student’s undergraduate career and beyond.


Martha Z. Carletti, Ph.D.

Director of Advising for Pre-Medical Healthcare Professions
Associate Professor of Biology
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What classes should I take to prepare for Medical School?

CHEM-1200/1201General Chemistry 1 with lab
CHEM-1210/1211General Chemistry 2 with lab
CHEM-2200/2201Organic Chemistry 1 with lab
CHEM-2210/2211Organic Chemistry 2 with lab
CHEM-3500Biochemistry 1
PHYS-2000/2001College Physics 1 with lab
PHYS-2010/2011College Physics 2 with lab
PSYC-1000General Psychology
PSYC-2503Lifespan Development
THEO-3940Christian Bioethics
BIOL-1121General Biology 1 with lab
BIOL-1122General Biology 2 with lab
BIOL-3000/4000+*Upper-level biology courses

*Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Cell Physiology, Microbiology

Suggested Pre-Med Actvities

  1. Engage Intellectually
    1. Display a curiosity in learning different subjects.
    2. Strive to both learn and retain information.
    3. Attend lectures & academic discussions.
  2. Familiarize Yourself with the Healthcare Field
    1. Shadow a physician.
    2. Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes.
    3. Work in the healthcare field.
  3. Develop your Research Skills
    1. Work with professors on individual research projects.
    2. Present research findings either at Discovery Day or any applicable science conferences.
  4. Perform Volunteer and Service Work
    1. Engage the community.
    2. Show empathy and understandings of others.
    3. Broaden appreciation of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  5. Reflect on the Journey
    1. Recognize strengths and weaknesses.
    2. Seek opportunities to improve.

Medical Schools that have Accepted Recent Benedictine Graduates

  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Oklahoma State University
  • AT Still University, Kansas City University
  • Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Kansas Medical Center – Wichita
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Creighton University
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Western Michigan University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • University of Missouri
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • University of California-Irvine

Please see the Pre-Med Handbook for more information about this course of study.

Be sure to take advantage of the post-graduate support and guidance provided by the Benedictine College Student Success Center.