Pre-Health Program

Pursue your passion for healthcare and improve the lives of others. Prepare for a rewarding career in medicine, pharmacy or allied healthcare professions.

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Why Study Pre-Health at Albion?

Whether you’re planning to pursue a career as a physician assistant, pharmacist or allied healthcare professional, our pre-health program will provide the solid foundation of knowledge and experience you’ll need for professional school. Thanks to our rigorous academic and co-curricular programming, 96% of students that have applied to medical school over the last eight years and 100% of students that have applied to dental school have been accepted.

Our pre-health track is similar to our pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-dental and pre-physical therapy tracks. You’ll select a major, and through the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine, pursue the coursework, service, clinical experience and research you’ll need to take your next steps. While many pre-health students choose majors in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, our program complements a wide range of majors, from art, communication studies and music to philosophy, ethnic studies and sociology.

What Will You Learn as a Pre-Health Student?

You’ll develop a broad foundation in biology, chemistry, kinesiology and physics, taking classes in genetics, anatomy, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll participate in professional and cohort experiences that help you work effectively in a team and with patients.

Through our broad liberal arts foundation, you'll build a strong degree of cultural competence, developing skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication and inquiry and reasoning.

You'll learn by doing, gaining hands-on experience through clinical placements, internships, volunteering, community engagement and research.

Program Highlights

Clinical Experience

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As a member of the Wilson Institute, you’ll work with our dedicated health professions advisors to obtain experiential learning opportunities with alumni, including clinical, service and research positions. You’ll have the opportunity to train as a certificate nursing assistant CNA or emergency medical technician EMT, getting hands-on experience and learning from medical practitioners. You’ll graduate with a broad range of experience and the observation and volunteering hours that will make you a competitive applicant to medical school.

Partnerships with Professional Schools

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Albion College’s pre-health programs are widely recognized for their academic rigor and quality. As a result, you’ll benefit from our preferred admission agreements with highly-respected professional programs when it comes to applying for medical schools. These include partnerships with Central Michigan University College of Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Professional Advising

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Our dedicated health professions advisors are trained and experienced in all aspects of the medical school application process, including course selection, personal statements and interviews. You’ll receive ongoing personalized advising as you develop a competitive application, including application and essay writing support. You’ll also attend regular professional development workshops.

Careers & Outcomes

Students from our pre-health program pursue careers in healthcare, research and allied healthcare professions, like art, music and theatre therapy.  Below are examples of some of the professions our students choose, as well as graduate schools our students have recently attended.

Briefcase

Job Titles

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacist

Graduate Schools

  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Michigan
  • Central Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Western Michigan University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Illinois