This area of study is not a major, but an emphasis in course and experiential work in preparation to enter any of the professions in the pre-med area, which include: physician, physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, optometrist, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, podiatrist, public health professional, or medical researcher. See osteopathic medicine for more information about that collaborative program.

Course schedules vary to meet requirements of the student's profession of interest. All students engage in internship(s) to acquire practical experience in the profession.

Contact Dr. Michael Tilly, chair of the Pre-Health Professions Committee for more information.


What skills and abilities do I need to excel in this program?

Students should have, or develop good study skills, analytical thinking, reading comprehension and ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing.


What skills can I expect to develop through this program?

Students in this area develop a sound knowledge base, and conceptual understanding of the sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Specific courses required vary depending on the professional program which the student wishes to enter. In addition, they learn to apply scientific concepts in laboratory applications, both in laboratories as part of courses and in student research projects.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

An important component of the student experience is practical observation and guided participation in clinical procedures and patient interaction. This is acquired in clinical settings during internships with professionals in the field of interest.

The Medical Professions Advisory Council (MPAC) is a very dedicated group of healthcare professionals, all of whom are alumni of CMU. Through MPAC and an associated group of alumni, each CMU pre-med student receives an alumni mentor who has practiced in the students field of interest. This mentor is a resource person, who can help the student find internship experiences, research opportunities, as well as help with professional school entry.

Each year the MPAC, along with the Pre-Med Advisory Committee, organizes lectures, seminars, career days as well as special topic panel discussions.

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), National Honorary Pre-Med Society, a student pre-professional group, organizes visits to professional schools, brings in speakers and arranges opportunities for service in healthcare and the community.

In addition, members of AED attend the AED National Convention, where they may interact with a variety of nationally recognized leaders in the health professions, listen to lectures, panel discussions and participate in hands-on exercises with professional equipment.


What are some possible entry-level careers with concentration in this field?

A pre-med student with a BS or BA in biology or chemistry can work in a clinical hospital lab, a research lab at a pharmaceutical company, chemical supply company or in a university research lab.
Alternatively, the student could work in a hospital or clinic as an assistant, ward clerk, phlebotomist or other similar capacity.


What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

Dr. Keith Young '86 is chair of the Medical Professions Advisory Council, a member of the CMU Board of Trustees, and practices psychiatry in California

Dr. Deborah Sellmeyer '87, also a member of MPAC and the Board of Trustees, is on the faculty at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Wyatt '64 is Executive Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Research and Rear Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.


Other Items to Note:

CMU has four early admission partnerships with professional schools.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience (KCUMB)
Through this program the student applying to medical school obtains entry to medical school after three years at CMU, and receives both BS or BA from CMU and DO degree from KCUMB. In addition through the Early Admission Partnership, the student does not have to take the MCAT.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
The student attends CMU for three years and then goes on to earn a master’s degree in public health at Tulane, thus obtaining both BS/BA and MS in five years.

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Physical Therapy
The outstanding student has an opportunity to enter the UMC program after three years at CMU, thus earning both BS/BA and DPT in seven years.

Southwest Baptist University School of Physical Therapy
Through this partnership CMU students are given preferred admission to the SBU program.