Pre-Medicine Program

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Develop the scientific foundation you need to pursue graduate study.

As a physician, you’ll improve lives and enhance patient outcomes. Put your knowledge to the test through independent research, hands-on lab work and clinical experience.

Studying Pre-Med at Alma College

As a pre-med student at Alma, you’ll follow a tailored curriculum designed to prepare you for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and medical school.

Students in our pre-med program typically major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, integrative physiology and health sciences or psychology. Whatever discipline you choose, Alma’s broad liberal arts focus will help you develop the flexibility, critical thinking and problem-solving skills you’ll need to handle the evolving demands of the medical field.

You’ll dive into lab and research work from as early as your first year on campus. Our McIntyre Center for Health Science is home to a cadaver laboratory used by students in anatomy and physiology. Here, you’ll get hands-on, supervised experience as you perform human dissection to learn anatomy — an opportunity that is rare at the undergraduate level.

Program Highlights

At Alma, you’ll receive extensive support to prepare you to apply for medical school. You’ll meet with your faculty advisor every semester to ensure you take the necessary courses. And you’ll be guided by the Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC), a dedicated team of faculty and staff advisors.

Your PHPC mentors will help you prepare for your MCAT, offer professional workshops and mock interviews, provide letters of evaluation and guide you through your application process.

You’ll also have plenty of ways to participate in research. You can pursue a summer project with funding from the College or engage in a semester, year or multi-year research experience.

You may also present your findings at a professional meeting or conference, where you’ll network with industrial researchers, faculty and graduate students.

“I’m grateful for my time at Alma because it’s given me a very well-rounded education, with extra emphasis on anatomy and physiology, while allowing me to make friends and mentors for life. I think if I had gone to a larger university, I would feel like a number. Here, I feel like a whole person.”

– Abby Wohlfert
Pre-med Student

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Where Can Pre-Med Take Me?

Thanks to the one-on-one mentorship offered by our experienced faculty and Pre-Health Professions Committee, Alma graduates have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country.

In addition, Alma participates in an early assurance partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, which provides places for up to two students each year.

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