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Pre-Medical Studies Program

Wisconsin Lutheran College offers a pre-med program that provides the broad interdisciplinary training necessary for success in medical school.

  • Pre-medical students may major in any academic specialty; however, most pre-med students choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biologybiochemistry, or chemistry, as these majors most closely align with the required pre-medical course work and provide the most complete preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is a computer-based multiple-choice exam normally taken in the spring of a student's junior year, and covers topics in biology, chemistry, and verbal reasoning, and contains a writing component. 

    In addition to MCAT scores, most medical schools require a minimum 3.3 undergraduate GPA, although competitive programs may seek out applicants with 3.6 or higher GPAs. Many schools look specifically at the GPA in math and science courses as predictive of success in medical school.

    Most medical schools give preference to applicants with clinical experience of some kind. Many WLC graduates who have been offered admission to medical school volunteered in a hospital, shadowed a physician, or participated in clinical internships as an undergraduate. 

    I chose to major in biochemistry as part of Wisconsin Lutheran College’s pre-med program. The curriculum, the dedication of the faculty, and the state-of-the-art facilities all helped prepare me for medical school. Most importantly, I found an environment in which my faith could be strengthened, and that has greatly impacted my medical training, patient care, and interaction with co-workers.
    - Dr. Steven A. Sobeck ’08, third-year anesthesia resident at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

    A Rewarding Medical Career

    Physicians diagnose and treat human illness and injury. There are two main types of physicians: allopathic physicians who typically hold a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and osteopathic physicians who hold a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or (D.O.) degree. While both D.O.s and M.D.s are licensed to prescribe drugs and perform surgery, D.O.s are more likely found in general practice emphasizing preventative medicine and holistic patient care, while M.D.s are more likely to focus on a specialty such as anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, or surgery.

    Projected shortages in the health care professions (including physicians) have triggered an expansion in medical school enrollment for the first time in 30 years.

    Pre-Med Curriculum

    Pre-med students should seek broad foundational training in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The aspiring medical student should investigate the course requirements for admission to a specific medical school on a case-by-case basis, as these requirements vary widely. 

    Most medical schools require two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of general biology, two semesters of organic chemistry with lab, a semester of biochemistry, two semesters of physics, two semesters of calculus, and additional coursework in English composition and literature.

    Specific science topics covered on the MCAT include classical physics, electricity, magnetism, optics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, immunology, and evolution. For this reason, it is recommended that pre-med students obtain as much advanced coursework in biology and chemistry as possible before their senior year.

    Pre-med students at WLC will establish a curriculum plan and register for courses with the guidance of a personal advisor.