Pre-Medicine

People who wish to become physicians must have a desire to serve patients, be self-motivated, and be able to survive the pressures and long hours of medical education and practice. Physicians also must have a good bedside manner, emotional stability, and the ability to make decisions in emergencies. Prospective physicians must be willing to study throughout their career to keep up with medical advances. They also will need to be flexible to respond to the changing demands of a rapidly evolving health care environment.

The three-year pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary, and pharmacy schools/colleges. Students will have the minimum requirements for application to the professional schools/colleges at the end of three years provided they follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)

Admission Requirements for Medical School

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Medical schools (130 in the US) will evaluate you on your pre-med grades (the mean undergraduate GPA for students entering medical school in 2008 was 3.41 for Biology majors, 3.46 for Physics majors), also on extracurricular activities and personal characteristics. You will need to have shadowed one or more professionals in your field of interest and many institutions require patient content hours. Most also require you to take a Medical School Admission Test (MCAT), which analyzes your knowledge of the basic sciences, your reading and writing abilities, and your problem-solving skills.

Entrance requirements at most medical schools include completion of course work in Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and English. Your undergraduate experience should be well rounded and include coursework in humanities and the social sciences. You may want to volunteer at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical health care experience. The basic requirements for most medical schools are listed below. Additional courses in Genetics, Cell Physiology, Psychology and Sociology are recommended. You also should consult the resource book, Medical School Admission Requirements, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which provides the specific admission requirements of each U.S. and Canadian medical school.

Pre-Professional Certificate Programs

The three-year pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary, and pharmacy schools/colleges. Students will have the minimum requirements for application to the professional schools/colleges at the end of three years provided they follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.
 
Stritch offers pre-professional programs in the following areas:
Pre-chiropractic
Pre-dentistry
Pre-med
Pre-optometry
Pre-pharmacy
Pre-veterinary
 
Students wishing to apply to a health professions school must declare their intention by the middle of the first semester of the sophomore year to either remain with the pre-professional certificate program or complete the Biology/Chemistry major. The University cannot guarantee completion of the certificate program in three years or the Biology/Chemistry major in four years unless the established curriculum sequence for the respective program is followed.
 
Most health professions schools require a high level of performance on a college specific admissions test (i.e. the MCAT Medical College Admission Test or GRE Graduate Record Examination) and a GPA of at least 3.4.
 
Required courses for the pre-professional program:  BL 105, 106, 202 and 203, 306, 308; CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212, 302, 307; PY 201, 202; MT 120, 196 or higher; EN 102; one sociology course either SC 301 or SC 230, one psychology course;  BL/CH 410; BL/CH 411
 
Minimum grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) is required for each course in the Pre-Professional Certificate.  If a student earns a grade lower than the minimum acceptable grade, he/she must repeat the course and earn a grade of “C” or higher for the course to count toward the certificate.
 
In order to earn a major in one of the sciences (Biology or Chemistry), a student completing the certificate program would need to take the following additional science courses:
Biology major: BL 207, 307, 403, 405
Chemistry major: CH 308, 310, 403, 404; MT 210/211

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Admission Requirements


Freshman Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.
  • Send ACT or SAT Scores
    Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Transfer Student Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application 
    Submit the  admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you  obtain an F-1 student visa.

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to help students complete certificate and licensure programs. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know how to help student locate all options available for funding their education.
 

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