Preparing for a Career in Medicine
Wilmington College graduates have gained acceptance to a wide range of medical schools, including The Ohio State University, Wright State University, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh and others. We are proud of the success that our alumni have enjoyed in medical school and in their medical careers. Wilmington College has worked hard to establish a track record of success in medical school admissions. Our future students are sure to benefit from the success of our alumni.
Admission into colleges of Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine is a competitive process. Virtually all American medical schools require their incoming students to have completed a bachelor's degree and while completing that degree, take the following courses:
- 1 year of General Biology (for Biology Majors)
- 1 year of General Chemistry (for Life Science or Chemistry Majors)
- 1 year of Organic Chemistry
- 1 year of General Physics (algebra-based physics is OK)
- In addition, some schools require a full year of English, others require a full year of Math.
Students must also complete and perform well on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This computer-based test is typically taken in Junior year of college. Several testing dates are available at testing centers across the country. See http://www.aamc.org/mcat for details.
Students can select any academic major as long as they complete the list of prerequisite courses. Since so many of the prerequisite courses are science courses, most Premeds select Biology or Chemistry as their academic major. If you elect to pursue the Biology Major at Wilmington Collge, the Biology faculty strongly recommends that you complete the Bachelor of Science: Life Sciences Concentration. This is a traditional liberal arts Biology major that will prepare you well for medical school, insure that the courses you take will be sufficiently rigorous and will result in a transcript that will match the expectations of medical school admissions committees.
A Special Program for Students Interested in Osteopathic Medicine.
Wilmington College and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a college of A. T. Still University, have entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a Pre-Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. The program allows Wilmington College students who meet program critera to gain early admission into Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Check out the KCOM website for more information.
Other Healthcare Professions
A Wilmington College education can be a great start to a variety of careers in healthcare-related fields. Our program matches particularly well the prerequisite requirements for graduate-level training programs in Optometry, Dentistry, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology: Heath Sciences Concentration is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue careers in these Allied Health Professions. Prospective students are faced with a sometimes confusing array of options for training in these fields. The Health Sciences Concentration includes an introductory course to help students clarify precisely which career might be best for them and how thier Wilmington College curriculum can be structured to help them meet thier career goals.
Students should also explore Wilmington College's opportunites in Nursing.