Preparing to become a premed student
Is a medical career right for me?
- Do you enjoy science (especially biology) and mathematics?
- Are you a strong student academically and disciplined in your study habits?
- Are you prepared to be a student for the rest of your life?
- Do you care about people and about meeting their physical needs?
- Are you willing to work long hours, and are you able to balance your academic and extracurricular life?
- Can you handle correction and constructive criticism?
- Are you willing to forgive yourself for your shortcomings and to continually strive to become better?
- Do you feel that God has called you into a life of service?
If you can answer “yes” to many of these questions, and if you’re willing to improve in the other areas, perhaps a career in medicine is for you.
Which high school courses should I take before entering college?
To prepare for the rigor of college-level science courses, it’s recommended that you take the highest levels of math and science courses offered at your high school. Taking AP science courses (and AP tests) are excellent preparation for developing effective study skills and content mastery. However, most Cedarville premed students will still choose to take all of their premed science courses on campus as excellent preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and eventually for medical school.
For students who enroll in Cedarville’s dual enrollment courses (online college courses for high school students), most premed students enroll in science courses as an undergraduate student. However, taking dual enrollment courses that fulfill the general educational courses required for graduation can be helpful. These credits earned prior to beginning college allow students to off-load some of their heavier college semesters.
What nonacademic preparation would be helpful before college?
Begin talking with medical professionals and seek opportunities to shadow them or to volunteer in medical settings. You could also research different careers in medicine while still in high school. There are a variety of medical-related occupations that can be very fulfilling that you may not have considered. Consider other fields such as physician assistant, dentistry, nursing, nurse practioner, pharmacy, podiatry, and occupational, physical, or speech therapy.
What is the acceptance rate of Cedarville students into medical school?
We calculate acceptance rates based on the most recent five-year period. Our current overall acceptance rate of premed students gaining admission into medical school is 74 percent (28 out of 38). It is also important to note the acceptance rate of students who are applying for their first time. Cedarville has a strong history of med school acceptances for first-time applicants, with a most recent average of 63 percent (24 out of 38).
Cedarville offers a variety of one-week academic camps for high school students throughout the summer. During this week of camp, you will learn how to prepare for a career in medicine, find out what type of undergraduate preparation is required, and see firsthand what the medical profession is like.
Do I have to major in a science?
No. Although most of our premed students are working toward a degree in biology (B.A. or B.S.), molecular and cellular biology (B.S.), or chemistry (B.A.), a science major is not necessary. You may choose a major in business, humanities, or history or social science. The only requirement is that you complete all of the courses needed to satisfy the medical school admission requirements. (If you are not a science major, this may involve summer school courses or an additional one or two years of undergraduate study.)
What type of careers do students in Cedarville’s premed program pursue?
This program is especially designed to prepare students for medical school. However, because several health-related careers require similar undergraduate academic preparation, students preparing for any of these additional fields often choose to be a part of the premed program:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
Which courses are included in Cedarville’s premedical emphasis?
The premedical emphasis includes the core courses required for admission into medical school, along with courses that will be helpful as students begin their medical school career (e.g., Genetics and Biochemistry).