College of Arts & Sciences
Why choose pre-medicine at North Central College?
As a pre-med student, you’ll conduct original research and gain the solid scientific foundation you need. You’ll also develop the communication skills to be able to speak with confidence, whether you’re volunteering in an emergency department or presenting research at a peer conference. Your professors will work with you every step of the way as you make important decisions about applying for internships, joining student organizations, studying abroad and ultimately choosing the medical school that’s right for you.
You can also:
- Volunteer at medical facilities within walking distance of our centrally located campus.
- Join the student-run Pre-Health Organization, which brings health professionals to campus to speak with students interested in medicine and arranges volunteer activities at area hospitals and clinics.
- Pursue study abroad opportunities at institutions such as Macquarie University in Australia, The University of Limerick in Ireland, The University of Ghana and England’s Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Essex, and The University of Sunderland.
- Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund your research interests locally or abroad. Recent projects include travel to China to research health care options.
North Central has an affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to offer high school students an opportunity for a “reserved seat” in the nation’s largest medical college and only academic health center in the osteopathic profession.
In the agreement between North Central and LECOM, based in Erie, Pa., qualified high school students interested in becoming a medical doctor will have the opportunity to be admitted jointly into both institutions. Application in LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program (EAP) can occur as early as the student’s senior year in high school and up until the start of the third year at North Central College.
Application to the EAP is separate from the application to North Central College. A student may apply for EAP consideration as a high school senior. Minimal qualifications to participate in the EAP are:
- High school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher unweighted
- ACT composite score ≥ 26 on a single exam or a SAT score ≥ 1170 on a single exam taken before March 1, 2016, or a SAT score of ≥ 1240 on a single exam taken after March 1, 2016
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The process to enroll in the EAP is to submit an inquiry at http://portal.lecom.edu. Students will receive an email from LECOM with username, password and instructions to complete the application.
Pre-Medicine Internships and Jobs
A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.
- Research intern, Edward Hospital, Naperville
- Research intern, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA
- Research intern, Loyola University Medical School, Maywood, IL
Recent graduates have been accepted at:
- Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago
- Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Rush Medical College
- University of Illinois College of Medicine
- University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
What major should I choose at North Central College?
A degree in Biology or Biochemistry is recommended unless you have a strong interest in another major. Medical schools value intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, cultural competence, and an understanding of human behavior. Courses in the liberal arts, basic and applied sciences, and advanced sciences are encouraged.
Will I need graduate education?
Yes, after earning your bachelor’s degree at North Central becoming a physician requires four years of medical school to earn the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. Some students choose osteopathic schools; these four-year programs lead to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, similar to an MD with additional training in osteopathic manipulation. For both MD and DO, at least three additional years of residency are required before you begin practice - even more in some specialties. The average GPA for students accepted to medical school is about 3.7 or higher.
What prerequisite courses do medical schools require?
Minimum course requirements for medical school admission are:
- One year of General Biology with lab
- One year of General Chemistry with lab
- One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
- One year of Physics with lab
Many medical schools also require or recommend:
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Social/Behavioral Science
What else should I consider?
While a student at North Central, you will participate in activities that will help you develop into a competitive applicant for medical school. These include: observing in the medical field to demonstrate that you realize how a physician works and are comfortable in a clinical environment; research experience to understand how new knowledge is generated; leadership activities like lab assistant, serving as an officer in a student organization, or tutoring; and, a commitment to others demonstrated through significant volunteer service. The Pre-Professional Health Program Coordinator will guide you in these activities, connect you with alum that have pursued this path, and advise you throughout the application process to medical school.
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