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Dr. Valerie Bennett
Director, Pre-Professional Health Advisory Center

The Degree
There is no major called “pre-med”, nor is there any particular major which is required for admission to medical school.   Yes, even an art major can go to medical school with proper planning and science preparation.  Bradley University offers a wide range of excellent majors, minors, courses and opportunities which prepare students well for admission to medical school and for future careers in health care.  Students should choose a major based on their personal interests and abilities, and then meet with both their Academic (within their major) and Pre-Health Advisor regularly to ensure that they are taking the necessary courses (and at the right time) to meet their major and graduation requirements, as well as required and recommended courses to prepare for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and for admission to medical school.


Below are listed the most common pre-requisites for MCAT preparation and medical school admission, and the Bradley courses which will satisfy them.  These pre-requisites can be taken as part of the major, General Education, or free electives towards graduation, thus allowing students flexibility with their choice of major.  All science courses should be taken with labs unless otherwise noted, and it is recommended that these courses be taken at Bradley during regular Fall or Spring semesters (rather than at community colleges or summer school).  

  • BIO 151 Molecules to Cells OR BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology
  • BIO 251 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity OR BIO 112 Introduction to Ecology & Evolution
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I AND CHM 112 Lab
  • CHM 116 General Chemistry II AND CHM 117 Lab; OR CHM 112 Engineering Chemistry
  • CHM 252 Organic Chemistry I AND CHM 253 Lab
  • CHM 256 Organic Chemistry II AND CHM 257 Lab
  • CHM 360 Biochemistry (CHM 361 lab optional)
  • ENG 101 English Composition AND one additional ENG course
  • PHY 107 General Physics I OR PHY 110 University Physics I
  • PHY 108 General Physics II OR PHY 201 University Physics II
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology
  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective
  • Math & Statistics
    • 1 semester of Math: MTH 115 Brief Calculus w/Applications I, MTH 116 Brief Calculus w/Applications II, MTH 121 Calculus I, MTH 122 Calculus II; (Business Calculus NOT recommended)
    • 1 semester of Statistics: MTH 111, BIO 260 and 261 Biological Statistics I and II, PSY 205 Quantitative Methods, EHC 310 Statistical Procedures in Health Sciences

* Be aware that each medical school may establish their own specific pre-requisites that may vary from this list, so it is your responsibility to carefully research the admission requirements for schools to which you plan to apply.  See MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) for program-specific requirements at

Opportunities at Bradley

Outside of the classroom, students who wish to go on to medical school have a wealth of co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences from which to choose, including:

  • Seminars, workshops, and events sponsored by the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Center
  • undergraduate research in many departments
  • assisting in science laboratories
  • paid tutoring positions
  • BU Med club 
  • Biology Undergraduate Society of Bradley University (BUGS)
  • Chemistry Club
  • Health Science Organization

Beyond Bradley

To gain entrance into medical school, students will typically need a competitive grade point average of 3.5 or higher, a score of 30 or higher on the MCAT, demonstrated service or volunteerism and undergraduate research. A Bradley education prepares students very well for these requirements.

Recent Bradley Pre-Med students have been accepted to many prestigious graduate programs, including programs offered at:

Allopathic (MD) programs:

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • East TN State U., James H. Quillen Coll. of Med.
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Texas Tech Univ. Hlth. Sci. Ctr. Sch. of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis/Duluth
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Osteopathic (DO) programs:

  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • AT Still University – Kirksville
  • Des Moines University
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences / College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific