North Park University’s pre-professional track for medicine is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive medical schools around the country. The pre-medicine track should accompany a major—most often biology, chemistry, or physics—where you’ll gain a foundational knowledge of life sciences and the human body.
Pre-medicine students are advised by faculty in the Biology Department, often Dr. Jeff Nelson. Dr. Nelson is himself a North Park alum and received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984. He’ll talk with you about your particular interests in medicine, and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. Because of small class sizes at North Park, Dr. Nelson and your other professors will get to know you, your professional goals and interests, and work with you one-on-one to find the best courses and experiences to help you reach those goals. Our Pre-Professional Committee—a group of faculty in the science departments—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for medical school.
Course Sequences and Activities
We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for medical schools and a career in healthcare. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.
Recommended Core Courses
- Introduction to Human Anatomy
- Introduction to Cell Biology
- Introductory Chemistry I and II
- One year of physics
- One semester of biochemistry
- Two semesters of organic chemistry
- Either Genetics or Molecular Biology
- Two of the following: Microbiology, Histology, or Embryology
- Students typically take the MCAT in the summer following the third year. Medical schools also typically look for internship and/or research experience on their applications. Your faculty advisors will work with you to find opportunities that fit into your schedule and align with your goals.
- During the fourth year, students should re-take the MCAT if necessary and begin medical school applications and interviews
Last updated August 10, 2015