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How do you know you're looking at a top-tier pre-medicine program? The results speak for themselves: Calvin graduates score far above the national average on the MCAT and get into prestigious med schools all over the world.
Here, you'll discover everything you expect from a great pre-med program. Challenging courses. Faculty with deep experience in many medical fields. Research and internship opportunities you'd normally only experience as a graduate student.
Now add to that expert Christian professors who are actively rooting for your success. They know the skills and experiences top med schools look for and will make sure you graduate with them. You'll work with them one-on-one to identify healthcare careers that fit your interests and skills. And you'll get plenty of support as you navigate the med school application process.
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What should I major in?
Nationally, half of med school applicants are biology majors of some type. However, you would have just as good a chance of being accepted to medical school with a music, history, or any other major. So, you should select a major in a field that you enjoy—something you're good at, where you can get good grades. Pre-medical requirements will then be fit into your elective categories.
When should I select a major?
By the end of sophomore year, preferably before.
Is there a math requirement?
Yes, a semester of statistics is required for the MCAT. In addition, many—but not all—med schools recommend calculus. Talk to your advisor about specific schools and their requirements.
The pre-med program is part of a family of health science programs at Calvin, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the School of Health page.
Are there core requirements?
Yes. Calvin’s core is designed to provide an educational foundation from a Christian liberal arts perspective. This provides you with a breadth of knowledge and experience that can greatly assist your everyday work with people—an integral part of the health professions.
The core curriculum is very important. Not fulfilling core requirements will result in a graduation delay.
Opportunities not to miss
For more information about this program, please reach out to its team of advisors:
- Teri Crumb, pre-health professions advising coordinator
- Kumar Sinniah, professor, co-chair, and pre-med/pre-dent advisor
- Crystal Barrett, professor of biology
Selected med schools attended by Calvin grads
- University of Michigan
- Johns Hopkins University
- Wayne State University
- Temple University
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Physicians work in one or more specialties, including:
- Family and general medicine
- General internal medicine
- General pediatrics
- Obstetrics and gynecology
More information about getting into grad school after Calvin
Paths to becoming a doctor
There are two paths to becoming a doctor: allopathic medicine, which leads to a doctor of medicine ( MD), or osteopathic medicine, which leads to a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO).
Learn more about the fields of allopathic medicine » and osteopathic medicine ».
Other Career Avenues
- Health communication
- Technical writing
- Medical law
A world of possibilities
This program is part of a family of health science programs, many of which share a common course foundation. Learn about other options in the health sciences »
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