Pre-Medicine Studies & Advising
Students who plan to pursue a medical degree after graduation for a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, or podiatry should contact the School of Science, Math, and Education. In addition to an academic major advisor, the student will be assigned a Pre-Med advisor (Dr Deana Jaber) who will help with course selection, researching medical schools, completing the medical school application process, and preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Although medical schools do not require specific degrees as prerequisites for admission, most require strong academic performance in specific courses. The courses most often required include General Biology I and II, Principles of Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, General Physics I and II, Calculus I, and General Psychology and Sociology.
For Marymount students who choose to major in Biology, a Pre-Med concentration is offered. To be a successful medical school applicant, students must also demonstrate an understanding of the medical profession through work or volunteer activities. Required MCAT scores vary by school.
At Marymount, students considering professional study in health fields usually consider Biology or Biochemistry as an undergraduate major, but pre-professional requirements can be met through a variety of undergraduate fields. Students should consider majoring in the subject area in which they have the strongest aptitude and interest. Acceptance into health-related professional schools is highly competitive and requires the maintenance of a fairly high undergraduate grade point average. The Pre-Med advisor is available to help design the best possible course sequence for all students interested in a Pre-Med curriculum regardless of their major.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Marymount University has partnered with Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan, Inc, to help pre-med students better prepare for the MCATs. This partnership allows Marymount students to take a Live Online or In Person Kaplan course at a discounted rate. Kaplan’s course is being offered to Marymount students for $1,599, a $900 discount from the retail price of $2,499. The $1,599 price includes Kaplan’s MCAT books and access to online resources. In order to receive the discounted rate, students need to fill out a course registration form. Enrollments are processed on the 15th of every month. Please choose a course that starts on or after the 1st of the following month. For the schedule of upcoming online course dates, visit kaptest.com/mcat and then choose either ‘In Person’ or ‘Live Online’ from the toolbar.
The Kaplan MCAT Prep Course includes the following:
- 12 instructor-led sessions
- 10,000+ MCAT practice items, including 15 full-length practice tests
- The MCAT Channel, New Adaptive MCAT Qbank and Kaplan’s mobile MCAT flashcard app
- 130 interactive Science Review videos
- Complete MCAT Student Kit
There are 36 hours of in-class time and students have access to the MCAT channel (+60 hours of Live – and archived- specific content) and Science review videos (+20 hours of 5-10 minute videos that dig very deep into specific content).