Taylor University offers a strong, broad track for students interested in pursuing medical, dental or veterinary programs after graduation. Getting accepted to any doctoral program is highly competitive. Our dedicated faculty counsel you one-on-one, desiring to see each student excel and succeed in the path you choose, whether you want to attain your Masters or PhD.
Though our pre-med curriculum can be attributed to any major, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology majors have a great head-start for any health-related career.
Our biology graduates are strong competitors for any health program. Courses build a strong scientific foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and you can select advanced courses to prepare for your future graduate studies. In the Department of Biology, students who plan to continue to pre-medical school must:
- Apply to the program during the spring semester of their sophomore year (or after completion of 45 hours of coursework)
- Maintain at least a 3.6 GPA
- Score well on the MCAT test to be considered for acceptance into medical school
Chemistry students interested in preparing for medical, dental, pharmacy, or physician’s assistant training will be well-supported within the Chemistry Department to strive towards your goal. Concentrations in cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, and additional electives will thoroughly prepare you for your path to the health world.
Focus your studies on the human mind and its impact on human behavior, while building a foundation in the hard sciences with concentrations in biology, chemistry, math, and physics. The Psychology Department works closely with the Pre-Med curriculum to ensure you are well-prepared for the MCAT and entrance into medical, dental, and allied health schools.
Overseas Pre-Med Preparation
During your time at Taylor, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador for a pre-health semester at the Universidad del Azuay (UdA) School of Medicine. You will participate in research internships and rotations through four hospitals, two outreach clinics, rural medicine programs to the Amazon and remote villages, and medical brigades with the Global Health Outreach programs of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. This hands-on experience with medical schools and doctors counts toward your major with human medical physiology credit and a practicum working in a medical foundation. In this one semester abroad, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in Latin American history, Latin dance, and two semesters-worth of Spanish classes. This program is not limited to Pre-Med students and can be modified toward public health or another pre-health track.
Where Should I Go After Taylor?
Taylor graduates have attended schools like Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Indiana University, among others. Our graduates have also been hired by high-profile national organizations, including Johns Hopkins University and Eli Lilly and Company.
Find other students interested in pre-health care through various health events and clubs on campus.
- Alpha Pi Iota (API) is a monthly pre-healthcare club open to all students interested in healthcare careers. Facilitated by a practicing medical doctor, the group will discuss medical ethics, prepare for the MCAT, share summer research experiences, hear from health care professionals, and explore graduate-level health care programs.
- The Global Missions Health Conference takes place in Louisville every year for healthcare professionals and students interested in using medical skills on the mission field. Stay in provided housing with other students and missionaries, and listen to speakers who work in healthcare missions around the world.