Pre-Professional Medical Sciences
PREPARE FOR THE MEDICAL FIELD
Your pre-professional program can be declared along with your undergraduate major. You can choose from the following: pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-physician assistant or pre-veterinary medicine. We will assign you a faculty advisor who will work with you from day one until you graduate. Your pre-professional/academic advisor will help you design a program of study that will prepare you for the rigors of graduate school, medical school or veterinary school.
Expect a mix of challenging classes with a strong emphasis on anatomy, biology, chemistry and mathematics. Your academic progress will be closely monitored to make sure your GPA stays solid. Our professors go above and beyond to provide extra help and tutoring if needed. You’ll also have access to study sessions and other assistance in preparation for entrance examinations like the MCAT and GRE.
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. You’ll spend a lot of time in the lab, designing and conducting experiments. You’ll even get to dissect a human cadaver—a rare opportunity for an undergraduate student. Most likely, you’ll assist a professor with grant-funded research, co-author a paper, or present at regional or national scientific conferences. These impressive accomplishments will stand out on your admissions applications.
Our Pre-med Advisory Committee will assist you with your medical school admissions search. Here, you’ll enjoy small classes, a safe campus, and lasting friendships. Your professors will make it their mission to help you get accepted into the school of your choice, and to excel once you are there. They will be able to write you heartfelt letters of recommendations because they will truly know you and your accomplishments.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to make a difference in the medical science field – wherever your path leads!
Join a professional organization to develop leadership skills and build a network. Students in professional organizations plan social activities, sponsor guest speakers, and attend regional and national conferences. ONU has dozens of student organizations and honorary societies geared toward many different interests. Get involved with the Society of Medical Professionals and/ or the Professional Association of Women in Science.
SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE
Every year, we bring renowned life-science scholars to campus to share their discoveries and their journeys with students. Recent speakers for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences have included David Quammen, a noted science writer describing the impact of viruses in a globalized world, and Dr. Sharon Norton, director of development for the Mathile Institute for Advancement of Human Nutrition.
ERIC KARR BS WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY ’14
ONU provided me with the tools to be successful in not only medical school, but also the Air Force. Day one when I entered medical school, I was a step ahead of my classmates because of the rigorous curriculum ONU provided. The best part of medicine is how frequently it changes. Each day, there are medical breakthroughs that better people’s lives, and you can never stop learning in this career field.
Eric Karr chose medicine because it offers stable employment and the chance to help people. At ONU, he majored in biology, minored in chemistry and chose the pre-medical program. He was involved in ONU’s work study program all four years. He worked in the financial aid and advancement offices, where he established many lasting relationships with ONU staff. Today, he’s a medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was accepted into the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the U.S. Air Force. By the time he finishes his residency, he will have earned the rank of captain.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Over the past two years, 94 percent of our graduates were enrolled in a graduate/medical school or found employment within six months of graduation.
- Early acceptance for qualifying ONU freshmen at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) without taking the MCAT.
- Our pre-professional students participate in medical internships and REUs at places like the Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio State University and Harvard University.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a member of a pre-professional program:
- Human Anatomy
- Exercise Physiology
- Psychology and Sociology
- Medical Humanities
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Public Health
- Developmental Anatomy
- Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Physician assistant
- Medical researcher
Here are some of the institutions where our students have pursued an advanced degree in medical science: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry and College of Optometry.