Illinois College -> Academics -> Academic Majors and Departments -> Pre-Medicine


Admission to medical school is a highly selective process that you'll need to consider as soon as possible upon starting at Illinois College. Important factors for admission include high grade point average, above average MCAT scores, leadership, clinical experience, letters of recommendation, interviews and research. Illinois College will work with you from day one to make sure you have what you need to pursue your dreams. 

Preparing for Medical School at Illinois College
As a student at Illinois College who is planning to enter medical school, you should:
:: Select a challenging major in any field - it does not have to be in the sciences. Medical schools are interested in admitting students with broad diverse liberal arts backgrounds and life experiences.
:: Attend pre-med admission meetings and info sessions
:: Participate in student-faculty research and volunteer in medically-related clinical work
:: Develop and demonstrate leadership skills and community service
:: Work with both your pre-med advisor and faculty advisor in your major to complete the required prep courses, which also prepare you for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). You'll take at least:
::    General chemistry (Chemistry 111 & 112)
::    Organic chemistry (Chemistry 203 & 204)
::    Physics (Physics 181 & 182 or 201 & 202)
::    Two semesters of English
::    Two semesters of biology/zoology
Other highly recommended courses include biochemistry, calculus, behavioral sciences, humanities,  genetics, physiology, microbiology, and cell and molecular biology. Below are two sample schedules for premedical students, one with a biology/chemistry major and the other with a major in modern languages.

In the past fifteen years, Illinois College students have been accepted at the following medical schools:

::    University of Illinois College of Medicine
::    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
::    Rush Medical School
::    Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine
::    Northwestern University School of Medicine
::    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
::    Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
::    Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine
::    St. Louis University College of Medicine
::    New York Medical School
::    University of Oklahoma
::    University of Vermont

Pre-Medicine Advisors at Illinois College

Elaine Chapman
Hitchcock Professor of Biology
B.A. Millikin University; Ph.D. University of Iowa
Dr. Chapman's Website
Zvi Pasman
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Ph.D. Duke University
Dr. Pasman's Website

Sample Pre-Medical Student Schedule with Science Major
Sample Pre-Medical Student Schedule with Humanities Major


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