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About the Premedical Program

Why Prepare for Medical School at Cedarville?

Cedarville University has earned a reputation for outstanding medical school preparation. We equip students with the academic, personal, and spiritual qualities that are needed in the demanding medical profession. Our graduates are serving around the world, demonstrating Christian compassion, professional competence, and exemplary scholarship. As a premed student at Cedarville, you’ll learn and grow in a supportive community of peers and faculty members.

While most of our premed students major in biology, molecular biology, or chemistry, you may pursue any major offered at Cedarville University as a premed student. Regardless of your major, you will complete a core set of courses that fulfills the entry requirements of U.S. medical schools and prepares you for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). You can choose either a BA or BS degree. The BS degree is more rigorous in the sciences; the BA is broader and allows for more elective classes outside the major.

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Program Overview

Premedical Program Highlights

Rigorous — As a premed student at Cedarville, you will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum of core biology and chemistry courses, as well as a variety of upper-level electives, including Human Structure and Function, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases.

Human Cadavers — Your study of human anatomy will be enhanced through the use of dissected human cadavers, various anatomical models, and online software. Students excelling in anatomy may take an upper-level human dissection course where you’ll gain hands-on experience dissecting human cadavers (4:1 student-to-cadaver ratio).

Professional Development — A professional development course for incoming premed students fosters community and collaboration among classmates, and an upper-level professional development course prepares premed students for the medical school application process.

Research Opportunities — If you major in biology or molecular biology, you will obtain valuable research experience working with a faculty member (5:1 student-to-faculty ratio) over the course of at least one semester on a research topic within the faculty member’s field of expertise.

What Can You Do With a Premedical Degree?

Most premed students are preparing for medical school. However, students on this track could also apply to dental, optometry, or physician assistant school.

Cedarville students perform well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), consistently scoring at or above the national average on all sections.

Cedarville students have gained acceptance to both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools throughout the country.

Over the past five years, 82% of Cedarville premed students who applied to medical school were accepted (58 out of 71) — well above the national average. The acceptance rate for first-time applicants was 63% (45 out of 71).

Allopathic Schools — Cedarville graduates have recently attended allopathic schools such as:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Commonwealth Medical College
  • Marshall University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University William Beaumont
  • Rowan University
  • State University of New York - Syracuse
  • Temple University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin

Osteopathic Schools — Cedarville graduates have recently attended osteopathic schools such as:

  • Campbell University
  • Des Moines University
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Liberty University
  • Midwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

In addition to a high acceptance into medical school, Cedarville graduates feel well prepared once in medical school.

Many graduates have written back expressing appreciation for the rigor and focus of the premed curriculum because it prepared them to transition successfully from undergrad to medical school.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Chi Theta Pi — Cedarville’s premed student organization, Chi Theta Pi, creates a supportive community for Cedarville premed students, exposing students to medical opportunities and encouraging them in their pursuit of a medical profession.

Community Outreach Teams — Premed students are encouraged to develop attitudes of service. There are numerous  community outreach opportunities at Cedarville including some with a medical focus.

EMS Training —  EMS training is offered each semester by our local fire department. The class meets on Cedarville’s campus at a location convenient for our undergraduate students. This course provides an opportunity for premed students to gain practical hand-on medical training and to become EMT certified. Once certified, students have opportunity to join the university EMS squad and/or the local township EMS squad.

EMS Service Opportunities:

  • Cedarville University Emergency Medical Service (CUEMS) was one of the first student-manned collegiate emergency medical service in the United States. All students who serve with CUEMS are certified professional EMTs. This EMS squad works closely with the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department to service medical emergencies of the university.
  • Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department (CTVFD) is located within one mile of campus and provides fire, ambulance, and emergency aid to Cedarville Township and to the surrounding area. Many premed students are dual members of both CUEMS and Cedarville Township, and some have special certifications in firefighting and advanced life support.

International Missions — Cedarville students serve in various countries and in a variety of ways. Students are encouraged to become involved in international missions through their local church, through national organizations, or as a part of a Cedarville missions team. Cedarville’s Global Outreach office facilitates about 30 trips each year, including some health care-related ones. Two teams specifically designed for premed students includes a dental/medical team to the Dominican Republic and a medical team to Paraguay.

  • Dominican Republic — Since 2009, CU premed students have been invited to join a local Ohio dentist as part of a dental missions team to the Dominican Republic during spring break. This trip emphasizes the role of supporting and coming under Dominican pastors as we bring dental care to underserved areas within their country.
  • Paraguay — Since 2009, Cedarville premed students have had opportunity to participate as interns with T.I.M.E. (Training In Medical Evangelism) under the direction of Dr. Jeff and Amy McKissick. The McKissicks are long-term SIM missionaries who, along with the rest of their SIM team, host premed students for this six-week summer internship. During this time, students gain hands-on clinic experience working with Dr. Jeff and participate in home-visits with Amy. They are also exposed to language study, community development, and discipleship training. This internship is frequently a life-changing experience for premed students, impacting their perspective of international medical missions.

Program Curriculum

Building on the liberal arts and Bible minor courses, premed students take at set of core courses that will meet medical school requirements and help prepare them for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). This core includes two semesters of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math, and anatomy and physiology and one semester of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. Additionally, premed students majoring in a biology, molecular biology, or chemistry take several upper-level science courses.

Sample courses:

  • Immunology
  • Structure and Function

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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Kaleb Pauley, PhD

Director, Biological Science Programs, Professor of Biology


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Melissa Burns, MD

Associate Professor of Biology


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