Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising

At Loyola, the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology offer a curriculum for pre-medical and pre-health students, which prepare them to enter Professional and Graduate Schools in Medical Fields. The specifics of these pre-health programs can be found at: Biochemistry | Biology | Physics | Psychology

Timetable for Preparing To Enter Professional Schools

*This timetable is excerpted from the Pre-Health handbook.  View the Pre-Health Handbook »

First year

  • Choose an Academic Major.
  • Work closely with your professors and academic advisors!
  • Your professors need to get to know you well so that they will be able to write valid letters of evaluation for you. Get to know them- Interact with them.
  • Take the beginning Biology and Chemistry Courses required by Health Professions Schools.
  • Identify the course requirements for entry to Health Careers of interest to you and decide how best to fit them into your long term schedule of courses.
  • Attend the Department of Biological Sciences Career Seminars

Second Year

  • Organic Chemistry and Physics must be completed before taking the MCAT in April of the Junior Year.
  • Take one or both of these courses in your Sophomore year.
  • Work or volunteer part time in the summer at a health related facility to learn if you are suited to the field, and to acquaint yourself with what is required of professionals in medical fields.
  • Join scientific and/or service organizations on campus and/or in the community to develop interpersonal skills. Health fields are PEOPLE ORIENTED.
  • Attend the Department of Biological Sciences Career Seminars

Third Year

  • Contact the HPB chair to arrange for faculty recommendations to professional schools in early November.
  • Submit completed applications for LUHPB’s recommendation – March 1.
  • Prepare for the professional school admissions exam by taking a review course or completing your own in depth review for the test.
  • Register for and take the MCAT in the spring semester.
  • Complete AMCAS and other application forms.
  • Apply to the Health Professional Schools beginning June 1.
  • Submit secondary applications to medical schools.
  • Attend the Department of Biological Sciences Career Seminars

Fourth Year

  • Applications to Health Professions Schools continue.
  • Prepare well and practice for interviews held at health professions schools for student applicants.
  • Visit the admissions directors of schools of interest to establish a personal bond with them.
  • Attend the Department of Biological Sciences Career Seminars

 For more information, see your major advisor.

Pre-Health Board Committee Members 2013-2014

Pre-Health Resources



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