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Pre-Health Educational Plan


Mary Jane Shroyer

Coordinator of Pre-Health Advising

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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How does pre-health work at Knox?

While many of our pre-med and pre-health students choose to major in the sciences, it also is common to see a double major or minor in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Learn more about the requirements of majors you might be interested in or start taking courses required for professional programs while exploring your interests enroute to finding a major.  In addition, to see the possible path a student may travel on their way to becoming a physician, check out the Example Pre-Medical Timeline.

Academic Planning

You won't be flying solo when it comes to selecting the right courses or preparing for the MCAT. Our pre-health program advisor is here to help you with:

  • Course selection
  • Planning study-abroad experiences.
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) review
  • Medical and professional school applications
  • Effective interview skills

Recommended Coursework

Regardless of your major, you'll need to complete pre-medical courses in preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and as prerequisites for admissions to some medical programs

The new version of the MCAT will be offered in the spring of 2015.  During this time, our curriculum will continue to provide you with the necessary flexibility to adapt to the new MCAT format.

In preparation, we suggest that you adopt the coursework required by the University of Illinois College of Medicine, which is consistent with the expected content of the new MCAT:

  • General biological sciences: BIOL 110, 120, 130
  • General inorganic chemistry: CHEM 100A, 102A or CHEM 100, 101, 102
  • Organic chemistry with laboratory: CHEM 211, 212
  • General physics: PHYS 110, 120, 130
  • One course of advanced-level biology
  • Three courses in the behavioral/social sciences (psychology, anthropology, or sociology

In addition, in order to prepare for the MCAT, we recommend:

  • Biochemistry: BCHM 301
  • Competency in statistics

Programs vary in their prerequisites.  You should consult the Medical School Admissions Guide (MSAR) or speak with your pre-health program advisor to determine specific coursework needed for admission.  Also, please note that the Knox-George Washington University early admission program has specific course requirements.

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