Pre-Medicine

Our Pre-Medicine Program fulfills the requirements of a major course of study while preparing students for entrance into medical, dental, or veterinary school. Students applying to medical school should present a strong foundation in the natural sciences, as well as a liberal education in the social sciences and humanities. A science major, Biology or Chemistry, is strongly recommended because there is a minimum number of science courses which must be completed:
•    General biology (one year)
•    Chemical principles (one year)
•    Organic chemistry (one year)
•    Mathematics (one year)
•    Physics (one year)

In addition, the following courses are strongly recommended:
•    Genetics
•    Molecular biology
•    Microbiology
•    Anatomy & physiology I & II
•    Immunology
•    Advanced microbiology
•    Bio-organic and physiological chemistry
•    Advanced inorganic chemistry
•    Physical chemistry
•    Analytical chemistry

Mathematics should include calculus I & II.

Course selection should be done in consultation with the Pre-Medicine Advisor in the Biology Department. Because most pre-medical students at CNR major in either biology or chemistry, the normal sequence of courses in these departments should incorporate the required and recommended courses for admission into medical school.

The process outlined below should be followed by students who plan to attend medical school:

  1. Register with the Pre-Medicine Advisor. Students are interviewed by the Advisor at that time and advised of the basic requirements for entrance into medical or dental school and the program at CNR.
  2. Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of their freshman year to enter the Pre-Medicine Program and must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA to remain in the program. Student may also enter the Pre-Medicine Program at the end of their sophomore year if they have a minimum 3.3 GPA.
  3. Students are required to meet with the Pre-Medicine Advisor each semester to monitor progress. Students are also encouraged to meet with the other members of the Pre-Medicine Committee.
  4. During the Spring Semester of junior year, the student takes the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), or the Veterinary Medical Admission Test (VMAT).
  5. After an interview by the Pre-Medicine Committee in late April or early May of junior year, the Committee prepares a letter of recommendation. The letter is placed on file in the Counseling & Career Services Office at CNR.
  6. Application to medical or dental schools is generally made during the fall of senior year.