This is intended to be a general guideline. It does not replace talking to your Chemistry and Pre-Health Advisors.


MD/PhD Medical Scientist unidentified female student conducting research in laboratory in Civitan International Research Center (CIRC), 2014.Spring before Freshman Year
  • Contact your advisor.
Summer before Freshman Year
  • Orientation and "Science Success Workshop."
  • CH 100: Chemical Problem-Solving/MA 105: Pre-Calculus Algebra, if needed (talk with your advisor).
Freshman Fall Semester
  • Math and appropriate science (if indicated by math placement).
    • Ideal: general chemistry.
  • Participate in Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Honor Society activities.
  • Attend the fall freshman meeting to begin portfolio.
Freshman Spring Semester
  • Math and science courses.
    • Ideal: general chemistry and biology.
  • Attend the freshman seminar. Science faculty will present hints, tips, and tools to assist you as you prepare for professional school.
  • Participate in AED activities.
  • Get to know at least one science professor this year.
Summer before Sophomore Year
  • Community service project and shadow in a health related field.
  • Course catch-up (consider taking only one course).
Sophomore Fall Semester
  • Math and science courses.
    • Ideal: organic chemistry/biology/physics.
  • Volunteer work and shadowing.
  • Participate in AED activities and student leadership.
Sophomore Spring Semester
  • Math and science courses.
    • Ideal: organic chemistry/physics, consider taking genetics.
  • Participate in AED activities, become an initiated member.
  • Get to know at least one additional science professor this year.
  • Core Principles of Modern Science; MCAT/DAT/OAT practice.
Summer before Junior Year
  • Volunteer work and shadowing.
  • Course catch-up (consider taking only one course).
  • MCAT/DAT/OAT practice tests. August MCAT, schedule DAT.
Junior Fall Semester
  • Coursework, AED. Work closely with Pre-Health Coordinator.
  • Core Principles of Modern Science; MCAT/DAT/OAT practice.
  • October OAT.
  • Enroll in Clinical Observation course (biology or chemistry).
  • Get to know at least one additional science professor this year.
  • Consider taking biochemistry.
Junior Spring Semester
  • Coursework, AED; continue clinical observation and shadowing.
  • MCAT/DAT/OAT practice tests. April MCAT.
  • Ask three professors to write letters of recommendation for you. Completely fill form. Supply addressed envelope. Supply resume and personal statement. Send thank you note.
  • Pre-Health Application, meetings with Pre-Health Coordinator.
Summer before Senior Year
  • Complete medical school/dental/optometry application. (Medical and dental: June 1; optometry: August 1).
Senior Fall Semester
  • Coursework, AED.
  • Continue clinical observation and shadowing. Interviews begin.
Senior Spring
  • Coursework, AED.
  • Graduation, acceptance!