I want to be a doctor. What should I major in?
Medical schools are not particular about a specific major. They are concerned about science being satisfied. Be sure to review all the specific science courses that the medical schools you are interested in applying require. At Benedictine University our students have pursued a variety of majors from Health Science to Spanish. The choice is yours!

What percentage of Benedictine students get into medical school each year?
It is difficult to put a number on this question since each medical school is different and each student applicant is unique. Some students enter directly following their undergraduate year; others take a gap year or two before continuing on with their studies. A "strong" student will have a higher chance of success over a student who struggles to maintain grades.

The profile of a Benedictine student who typically gets accepted into medical school:
  1. has a strong overall GPA - 3.5/4.0 or higher
  2. has a strong GPA in science courses - 3.5/4.0 or higher
  3. has an MCAT score of 510 or better
  4. is CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) or EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technition-Basic) certified
  5. is active on campus and joins Pre-Med AMSA
  6. does volunteer work on campus and/or in the community
  7. participates in some form of research
  8. shadows physicians and/or gets involved in the Practicum experience
  9. works in a medical environment to gain hands-on experiences
  10. takes advantage of the Health Sciences Recommendations Committee interview process
  11. attends the Health Professions Fair and speaks with professional school representatives

What is a gap year?
A gap year is typically a period of time between the completion of a student’s undergraduate education and start of medical school. There are many reasons to opt for a gap year.  Here are some of the more popular reasons:
  • Having extra time to prepare for the MCAT
  • Using this extra time to improve your GPA (Check out our graduate programs!)
  • Having extra time to focus on medical school applications
  • Using this time to gain opportunities that would positively contribute to future studies
  • Opportunity to pursue travel/other interests
  • Using this time to organize finances for medical school.

I’m not pursuing a major within the College of Science.  What classes should I be taking?
This list will provide you a recommended courses that you should be taking  (recommended courses for the MCAT).  In addition, you should review the course requirements for the medical schools you intend to apply to.

What is the Health Science Recommendation Committee?
Click here for more information on the Health Science Recommendation Committee.

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Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D
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