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Pre-med advising (M.D. and D.O.)

Pre-med advising (M.D. and D.O.)

Pre-med advising at Messiah University (M.D. and D.O.)

There is no preferred or "best" undergraduate major for students interested in attending medical school. In fact, your choice of major is wide open. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), if you are planning to attend medical school, you should select a major that interests you, and that you can perform well in, as you complete the course requirements for medical school. While degrees in the sciences are popular, other types of majors, including those in social science, business, humanities and even engineering, are equally suitable. Whatever your choice of undergraduate degree, you must excel in all of your coursework, both within your academic major and in the courses required for application to medical school. While certain science-related majors inherently cover more of the prerequisite courses, with careful planning you can select virtually any major and be a successful medical school applicant.

For this reason, at Messiah University we offer a pre-med advising option rather than a designated major. You’ll work with a pre-health advisor and a major advisor who will help prepare you for medical school with a personalized plan that enables you to complete the classes required for your major while completing your medical school requirements.

Just as no two patients are the same, no two physicians are either. In the true liberal arts tradition, Messiah has an excellent record of preparing poets, philosophers, historians, musicians and scientists for lives of service and leadership in the healthcare professions.

While students planning to enter medical school represent a variety of majors, some of the more widely selected majors for medical school-bound students at Messiah include:

  • Applied Health Science
  • Biochemistry (B.S. and B.A.)
  • Biology – bio-medical concentration
  • Biopsychology
  • Molecular Biology

While specific requirements vary by school, most medical schools require these core classes:

  • One year of general biology 
  • One year of general chemistry
  • One year of organic chemistry
  • One semester of biochemistry
  • One year introductory or general physics
  • One semester of psychology
  • One semester of sociology
  • One year of English

Bachelor’s + D.O. Partner Program

The Bachelor’s + D.O. Early Assurance Program (EAP) for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a collaboration between Messiah University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). You will complete your Bachelor’s degree at Messiah University and then proceed to one of the LECOM campuses to obtain your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. This Early Assurance Program is open to qualifying high school students who are accepted to and plan to attend MessiahUniversity and current Messiah University students prior to the start of their junior year. 

Learn more about this Early Assurance Program

Additional info

Academic and application requirements, career planning tools and more.

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Contact Martha Smith
Pre-health professions advising coordinator
717-766-2511, ext. 3936