Programs of Study
Medical (MD, DO) and dental schools today are seeking students who are not only prepared for the rigors of the professional school classroom, but who are also able to interact with patients in a sincere and understanding manner. Successful candidates must demonstrate competent course work in the sciences, a strong background in the liberal arts, and a commitment to the health and well being of others through clinical and community service experiences. GVSU continues to place students in professional schools at well above the national average. Most GVSU graduates attend one of seven medical schools or one of three dental schools in Michigan, where residency and tuition considerations are more favorable for admission. Pre-medical and pre-dental students typically follow similar programs of study. In order to complete coursework in time to successfully take the standardized tests (MCAT, DAT), students are encouraged to decide on their major as soon as possible in their undergraduate career. Careful consultation with the faculty advisor throughout the undergraduate program is strongly advised.
Pre-professional students should plan to complete the following courses in addition to meeting the core and other requirements for the Biology major:
Courses strongly suggested as electives:
Other courses to consider as electives:
Consult with individual medical schools to assure that you are meeting their specific requirements!
All preprofessional students should enroll in BMS 485, the Preprofessional Seminar, in the winter of their junior year. This one credit course reviews application and examination procedures for medical and dental schools and provides some group support for preprofessional students at GVSU. Both medical and dental schools require applicants to take a standardized admissions exam. Students normally take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in April of their junior year or the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) at a time of their choice in their junior year. Students should plan their course scheduling so that they have met all required science courses before taking these tests.
An interdisciplinary Preprofessional Committee, composed of faculty members in the departments of biology, chemistry, health sciences, and the Office of Cooperative Education and Placement, aids pre-medical and pre-dental students in their preparations for professional school application. The Health Professions Advising Office at 114 Ott Living Center (616 895-3094) serves the needs of preprofessional students, and also maintains its own website and electronic bulletin board. Students additionally may want to participate in the activities of the Pre-Professional Scholars Club on campus. Pre-medical students should check the AAMCMCAT and AMCAS (the medical college application service). Pre-dental students might check out the ADEA website, AADS's Dental Schools Application Service, and ADA's DAT testing site for additional information.
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