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The medical field offers some of today’s most rewarding, flexible, and dynamic careers. As a physician, you will provide real contributions to others and to society. You will study the endlessly fascinating human body and can choose whether to work for yourself or in partnership with others. You will pursue a specialty of interest and might even develop new treatments and cures for deadly diseases. In short, you will create the career of your dreams.

Will I need further study?
What should I major in?
What are the course requirements?
What about advising?
Where can I find additional information?

Will I need further study?
Yes, you'll attend an allopathic or osteopathic medical program which typically takes four years to complete after undergrad. For students interested in the Elmhurst College affiliation with A.T. Still University, please visit our academic affilations page.

What should I major in?
Students with certain majors do not receive admission preference. Most medical schools encourage students to pursue undergraduate majors in areas of personal interest and talent, while achieving balance and variety in their academic work. A well-balanced liberal arts education is recommended.

What are the course requirements?
Requirements vary from one school to another so students must confirm prerequisite courses directly with the individual schools. Most schools require one year of biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and english. 

Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 200, 201, 315, 321, 330, 430, 442
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312, 315 
  • ENG 105, 106
  • MTH 121, 132, 151, 345/346 (or PSY 355) 
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122

Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and should complete science courses prior to the exam.

What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to match your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center for the Health Professions or check out these useful web sites:

Association of American Medical Colleges
This is the first place to go for reliable information concerning all aspects of premedical and medical education. Links to Publications & Information Resources and Student & Applicant Information are particularly useful.

American Medical Student Association
AMSA Premed provides information, support, and leadership development for future physicians in training.

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