Program Overview


“When Jesus saw the man, he had compassion on him and reached out his hand and healed him.” -Matthew 14 

Medicine is an exciting and ever-changing field, providing physicians with a stimulating and rewarding career. The practice of medicine is also a wonderful opportunity, a privilege, in fact, to join Christ in his ongoing ministry of compassion to this hurting world. 

Houghton College seeks to foster an environment, rooted in the Christian liberal arts, in which premedical students can clarify their vocational calling as Christian physicians while receiving the excellent academic preparation needed for successful application and acceptance to medical school.

It is hoped that while students are challenged academically through strong curricula in integrative studies, the sciences, and their chosen field of major, God would use their experiences at Houghton, through interactions with faculty, staff, mentors, fellow students, community members and others, to either affirm their desire to serve the Lord in medicine or make another calling clear to them. 

Getting into medical school is difficult, with only ½ of all applicants to allopathic colleges being accepted nationally each year.

We trust that the Lord will give grace and peace to each premedical student daily as s/he endeavors to follow this challenging path.

Registration and Advising

In addition to their primary academic advisor (within their major) each premed student will meet regularly (ideally once a semester) with the premed advisor, currently, Dr. Jamie Potter.  Each student is required to complete a pre-med advisee registration form when they declare their intention of pursuing the premedical curricula.  These forms are available online or in the division office of the science building (Paine 218).  Completed forms should be returned to the premed advisor.  Once the registration form is returned, an initial meeting with the premed advisor will be arranged.

Current Science Faculty

  • Dr. David Brubaker, Biology
  • Dr. Brandon Hoffman, Physics
  • Dr. Irmgard Howard, Chemistry
  • Dr. Jamie Potter, Biology (Premed Advisor)
  • Dr. Aaron Sullivan, Biology
  • Dr. Karen Torraca, Chemistry
  • Dr. John Rowley, Chemistry
  • Dr. James Wolfe, Biology
  • Dr. Mark Yuly, Physics
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