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Pre-Health/Pre-Med Frequently Asked Questions

  •  Q: As a freshman what should I do first?
  • A: Meet with your advisor and discuss the basics. You can take a look at this four year timeline that covers the where you should strive to be in the journey each year.
  • Q: How do I go about declaring a Pre-Health/Pre-Med major?
  • A: You don't. Contrary to many popular beliefs there is no one major for Pre-Health/Pre-Med. There are a variety of options that can lead you to a Health Career. One of the most important items on the path is required coursework. You can fulfill this coursework with numerous majors across the University.
  • Q: What coursework is required to go into a Health Care program?
  • A: Although there is some variation between Health Care Programs depending on Universities the following courses are generally required:
    • Minimal science course requirements for entering most medical schools are:
      General Chemistry Lec/Lab-8 hrs. Organic Chemistry Lec/Lab-8 hrs.
      General Physics- Lec/Lab 8 hrs. General Biology Lec/Lab-8 hrs.
    • Although not strictly required by all schools Biochemistry has been incoporated into many of the standardized tests required for entry into these programs. It is a mjor component on the MCAT now, and should be taken before moving forward with any Pre-Health/Pre-Med curriculum. 
    • Additional highly recommended courses include: Anatomy and Physiology,
      Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Comparative Anatomy, Embryology, Histology,
      Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Introduction to Psychology and
      Introduction to Sociology. Humanities courses in Economics, English Composition,
      Ethics, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Speaking, Sociology
      and Religious Studies are also valuable.
      The following Loyola courses meet the minimal medical school science course
      requirements:
      General Chemistry Lecture & Lab I & II (CHEM A105, A107, A106, A108)
      Organic Chemistry Lecture I & II (CHEMA300, CHEMA301)
      Organic Chemistry Lab (CHEMA302 or A305; alternatively, A310&A311)
      Physics Lecture & Lab I & II (PHYSA101, A102, A103, A104, or
      A115, A112, A116, A113)
      Cells and Heredity Lecture and Lab (BIOL A106, A107)
      Biology of Organisms Lecture and Lab (BIOL A108, A109)
    • The majority of Graduate health care programs require that you complete their pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a C. This is not true for all programs so be sure to research the individual programs of your choice to be sure you fulfill their requirements.
  • Q: What makes a successful Pre-health student?
  • A: The most successful students on any path have some things in common. Dedication, motivation, discipline, responsibility, a willingness to work hard. All of these things will aid in your success. Pre-Health students here at Loyola display a huge variety of interests and traits above and beyond those listed above. Diversity and attention to becoming a well rounded member of the Loyola community can certainly help along your path to a career in Health Care.
  • A: The university has a wide variety of programs to help you as well. You can find many of these resources here. Never hesitate to seek assistance before a problem becomes too large to remedy.