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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●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester:$14,999 (2018-19)
●  Tuition/Year:$29,998 (2018-19)


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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.
 

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  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.

 


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  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.

 

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.
 

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Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of over 38,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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