Pre-Professional Studies are designed for students planning to pursue further study at a professional school. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor as soon as possible to discuss course selection, to gather information regarding admission requirements for professional schools, and to select an appropriate undergraduate major. Please note that Pre-Professional Studies are NOT majors, an EMU degree will not be awarded.
Students planning on pursuing a career in the medical field can complete course requirements at EMU for admission to medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary, and chiropractic programs. For information on these programs, see the advising coordinator.
While medical schools do not prescribe a premedical curriculum, they expect a thorough understanding of modern concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, and all value mathematical competence, with some specifying a course sequence in mathematics. Most pre-medical students, therefore, select a major in one of these areas, although this is not mandatory. Students should earn a bachelor’s degree before admission to medical school.
A critical admission requirement for most medical schools, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), is given during the Spring and Summer in various centers throughout the nation. This test should be taken after prerequisites in biology, chemistry, and physics are completed, typically during the junior year.
Each allopathic and osteopathic medical school establishes its own admission requirements. The course requirements are similar but differ enough so that students should consult the catalogs of the schools in which they are interested. The latest edition of Medical School Admission Requirements should be consulted. The introductory chapters of this book should be read by every prospective medical student.
If students electing the pre-medicine sequence are not achieving at least a 3.00 GPA (overall and in their major), their chances of acceptance by a medical school are minimal, and they should plan their programs so that other professional or vocational goals are possible.
Students interested in pursuing Chiropractic Medicine should see the program articulation agreements between EMU and Logan University, and Palmer College of Chiropractic.
All new Pre-professional students should attend the Pre-Med/Vet Orientation given at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters and regularly consult with the Pre-Med advisor. Students seeking to participate in either the Logan or Palmer Chiropractic articulations should meet with the Program coordinator/advisor during their first month of class.