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Join in the calling of Christian doctors worldwide, and bring hope and healing as you minister to those in need.

Medicine is an exciting and ever-changing field, providing you with a stimulating and rewarding career. The practice of medicine is a privilege, in fact, to join Christ in his ongoing ministry of compassion to this hurting world. With the preparation you'll receive as a pre-med student at Houghton, you'll have what you need to apply and be accepted to medical school.

Program Snapshot

Undergraduate Pre-Professional Pathway

Recommended Majors: Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry

Pre-Med Advisor: Jamie Potter

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What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s Pre-Med program you will:

  • Build a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and math
  • Shadow local practitioners for real-world experience in the field
  • Serve as a volunteer EMT with the local fire department
  • Volunteer at an inner-city clinic in Buffalo with Jericho Road Ministries
  • Explore opportunities like traveling to a developing country to study foundations of health development
  • Enroll in our pre-health practicum, where you will live with – and learn from – a Houghton alumnus who is a practicing health care worker
  • Conduct, publish and present real research with one or more of Houghton University’s faculty members

Why study Pre-Med at Houghton?

Personal Attention from Invested Faculty

Pre-med students have many opportunities to get to know their professors on a personal level. Professors teach the labs as well as lectures instead of relying on teaching assistants. Classes are capped to maximize interaction between faculty and students. At Houghton, you'll be mentored, supported and cared for. Invested faculty care about your academic success as well as your spiritual, emotional, and professional growth.

Undergraduate Research

As a pre-med student, you'll do real research with one or more of the faculty at Houghton. Work towards publishing your findings in peer-reviewed journals or present talks and posters at regional and national conferences. Opportunities for research include:

  • Collaborative research in biology course
  • Independent study
  • Senior honors projects
  • Shannon Summer Research Institute
  • Collaborative research with faculty (e.g., Cornell University and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California)

Advisors & Mentors

In addition to a primary academic advisor within your major, you will meet regularly with the pre-med advisor, Dr. Jamie Potter.

Advisors and faculty seek to foster an environment, in which you can clarify your vocational calling as a Christian physician. As you are challenged academically through your general education, sciences, and major courses, we trust that God will use your experiences to either affirm your desire to serve in medicine or make another calling clear to you.

Courses Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

While no specific major is required, most pre-medical students have majored in biomedical science, biology or chemistry. If you major outside of the sciences, consider completing a minor in biology.

  General Education Curriculum

Required for all students at Houghton

  Core Science and Math Courses

Required by med schools for admission and to prepare for the MCAT

  • General Biology (2 semesters)
  • General Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • General Physics (2 semesters)
  • Calculus (1 semester)

  Other electives available (sampling):

  • Biochemistry (required by some medical schools)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Microbiology

Preparing for Medical School

Representative Academic Timeline

There is flexibility within this timeline for those who choose to participate in First-Year Honors Programs or for those who decide after their first year to pursue a career in medicine.

First Year

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Education Requirements
  • Summer: Begin to look for possible volunteer/shadowing experiences

Second Year

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus (if not taken in first year)
  • General Education requirements
  • Courses for major
  • Summer: Volunteer/shadowing experiences

Third Year

  • General Physics (Research course available to science majors)
  • Courses for major
  • Request institutional letter of recommendation (Fall)
  • Meet with letter-writing committee
  • Review for and take MCAT
  • Begin personal statement
  • Submit list of medical schools to which you are planning to apply
  • Summer: Complete personal statement, AMCAS application, take MCAT (if not taken in spring), volunteer/shadowing experiences

Fourth Year

  • Medical Ethics (if not taken earlier)
  • Complete courses for major
  • Institutional letter of recommendation is sent
  • Secondary applications (as applicable)
  • Interview for medical schools as invited
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Career Opportunities

Medical Specialties

Students pursing Pre-Med at Houghton University are prepared to apply for medical school and can look forward to further study in the following specialties:

Early Medical School Program

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will grant early acceptance for up to 15 Houghton students per year into LECOM’s associated schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy provided they meet certain academic criteria.

The affiliation agreement will enable students who are US citizens to simultaneously apply to Houghton University and LECOM.

Learn more about the early medical school program
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