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Kristie Nguyen (right), who earned her undergraduate degree from the much larger University of California-Los Angeles, enjoyed studying at a smaller school where she got to know each of her professors.
Dissecting a cadaver in anatomy class – an opportunity very few aspiring doctors have before their first year in med school – was one of Nguyen’s highlights from the two-year program. She earned her MA in biomedicine from EMU in 2014. Read more about Kristie’s time at EMU…
Preparing for the Medical School Application Process
The core curriculum of the MA in biomedicine program at EMU provides a strong preparation for the future health care provider. Academic courses in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics), social sciences (psychology, sociology), theology and ethics, cross-cultural studies, and research and practicum experiences produce a matrix of understanding that leads to the formation of an intellect which is both emphatic and aware of global needs and issues.
Getting off to a strong start
In preparation for taking professional health science school entrance examinations such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT), comprehending an understanding basic science information is essential.
Can you enter medical or dental school through the biomedical science program track?
Tentatively, yes. However that positive response is contingent on some conditions. Consider the following:
- Medical education is not for the half-hearted or lazy, but requires firmness of purpose and a strong commitment.
- You have a deep sense of personal responsibility, integrity, compassion, tolerance, sensitivity, and emotional stability.
- You are efficient, neat, and able to make quick decisions.
- You have an understanding about the requirements for specific medical schools and apply in a timely fashion to the ones that appropriately fit your qualifications and interest.
- If you can demonstrate that you have mastered the basic science requirements with an average GPA of 3.5.
Taking the path to medical school
- Enroll in the biomedical science track
- Choose appropriate courses
- Gain significant volunteer, clinical, and research experiences
- Successfully complete all required and some recommended courses BEFORE taking the MCAT
- Prepare thoughtfully and score well on the MCAT or DAT exam.
- Complete EMU’s application process for supporting services and documents
- Complete the application process for AMCAS and AACOMAS
- Request letters of recommendation
- Prepare for interview
It is recommended students begin preparing their medical school application the spring before the application is due. To receive a committee recommendation letter from program faculty, students must complete a request for reference letter form, the check list, and the application questionnaire.