Pre-Medical Studies

Preparation for Medical School, Podiatry School and Osteopathic Medical School

Bellarmine University prepares students for application to professional schools in the various fields of medicine. The medical professions include: traditional medicine (also called allopathic medicine, MD), osteopathic medicine (DO) and podiatric medicine (DPM). Entrance requirements for admission into medical school is extremely competitive and favors students who are highly motivated, self-starting, and committed to achieving their professional objectives early in their college studies.

Pre-Medical Advisory Committee (PMAC)

All pre-med students should meet with the chair of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee (PMAC) during their sophomore year to discuss pre-admission testing and application procedures for the schools they are interested in. The application process is different for each type of medical program. Each application service has its own submission dates and final deadlines that are detailed on their websites. The PMAC recommends that you complete and submit your online applications no later than mid-July unless special circumstances apply. Once your online application has been submitted, individual schools will send you detailed secondary or supplemental applications to complete and will ask for an official ‘committee letter of evaluation’.

The PMAC is responsible for writing the committee letter of evaluation required by the professional schools. Students will be asked to submit a portfolio of information to the PMAC for each program that needs a letter written. The PMAC generally requires 3-4 weeks to complete most evaluation letters once a completed portfolio has been received.

Students who think they might be interested in allopathic medicine, podiatry or osteopathic medicine should talk with the pre-medical advisors, science faculty, careers services, and the professionals in the various fields. In addition, the various department clubs (Biology, BMB, Chemistry, CLS.) often have special programs dedicated to medical careers, admission processes and other activities of interest. All students are encouraged to join and participate in these student organizations. Students should also shadow professionals in their desired field for at least 60 hours.

Entrance Requirements

Each area of medicine has its own specific entrance requirements including: prerequisite course work and GPA standards, pre-admission exam (MCAT), experiences and familiarity with the career (via shadowing, volunteering, and employment), involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities, evidence of a commitment to community service, independent research, letters of evaluation and formal application procedures with interviews. Pre-med students should aim for a minimum 3.6 overall GPA and score at or above the 70th percentile on the MCAT. Students interested in pursuing a medical career should investigate the websites maintained by the professional organizations for current admission requirements.

Recommended Courses to be Completed

While medical schools place no restrictions upon a student’s choice of a major, it is recommended that the following science and math courses be completed by the end of the junior year (assuming a four year graduation path) to be ready to take the MCAT in May after the junior year.

Due to the sequential nature of these courses, it is important that all pre-medical students begin taking science classes during their first semester so they will be on track to apply to medical schools between their junior and senior years. It is recommended that a student considering medicine make contact with one of the pre-medical advisors as soon as possible in order to incorporate the required science courses into their chosen major.


David J. Porta, Ph.D. (email)
Chair, Premedical Advising Committee (PMAC)
Biology Department
Pasteur Hall 158

Joanne J. Dobbins, Ph.D. (email)
Biology Department
Norton Health Science Center 122

Graham W.L. Ellis, Ph.D. (email)
Chemistry Department
Pasteur Hall 212

Karen Golemboski, Ph.D. (email)
Medical Laboratory Science
Pasteur Hall P108

Mary O. Huff, Ph.D. (email)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pasteur Hall 155

Joseph F. Sinski, Ph.D. (email)
Chemistry Department
Pasteur Hall 254