Why Study Pre-Medicine

The Bachelor of Science in Biology/Health Professions Pre‑Medicine concentration prepares you to enter medical school. Most pre‑med students are science majors (usually biology or chemistry); however, a pre‑med student can major in virtually any discipline. Pre-med advisors work closely with you to:

  • Schedule prerequisite courses required by medical school
  • Prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Apply to medical school

Why Study Pre-Medicine at Ship 

Shippensburg University has a consistent record of placing qualified students into medical school programs. We make sure our pre-med students receive accurate, current and comprehensive information by keeping our pre-med advisors well informed. Pre-med advisors visit professional programs during the summer to stay current with admissions procedures and standards. They attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. We give our pre‑med students “mock interviews” before they apply to medical school. This allows you to develop your interview skills and gives the Health Professions Committee information to write a committee letter of reference in support of your application.

Shippensburg University has been affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) since 1989, and offers you the option of a “3+4” program. Under this agreement, qualified students can apply to PCOM early in their junior year at Shippensburg. If accepted, they enter PCOM in their senior year, and credits will be transferred back from PCOM to Shippensburg. After completing their first year of medical school, Shippensburg awards these students a Bachelor of Science in biology or chemistry.

Faculty-directed undergraduate research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology students present the results of their research at regional, state or national conferences.

We are also a participating university associated with The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Primary Care Scholars Program.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

Shippensburg University students with competitive QPAs (>3.5) and MCAT scores, internship experience, and who engage in human service activities have consistently been accepted into medical school and other health professional programs. Some of the medical schools our pre‑meds have recently entered are:

  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern Virginia University
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Penn State University (Hershey)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Uniformed Services University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Wright State University

Successful completion of these programs can lead to rewarding careers in the medical field, including:

  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Internal medicine physician
  • Family practice physician
  • Emergency medicine physician

Medical salaries in PA range from $43,000 - $128,000. 

To be a competitive and successful pre‑meds student you need to:

  • Communicate frequently with your pre‑med advisor
  • Maintain a QPA of 3.5 or better
  • Perform above average on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Conduct internships in medical settings
  • Demonstrate leadership and community or human service
  • Have a willingness to volunteer
  • Plan a strategy early in your college career: course sequences
  • Prepare for and take the MCAT
  • Apply to medical schools

The basic course prerequisites for the 126 allopathic medical schools and 25 osteopathic medical schools in the United States are usually 8 credits of biology, 16 credits of chemistry, and 8 credits of physics. Most medical schools also require one course in calculus.

The biology-health professions curriculum enables you to schedule the necessary coursework to apply to medical school along with required courses for your major. Medical schools expect non‑science majors to perform extremely well in science courses. We encourage non-science majors to choose some of the following courses among their electives:

  • Biochemistry
  • Human physiology
  • Cell biology
  • Histology
  • Pathogenic microbiology
  • Immunology

Non‑science electives often selected by our pre‑med students include:

  • Medical sociology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Physiological psychology
  • Medical anthropology   

Pre‑med students are encouraged to participate in internship experiences, attend open houses at medical schools and attend on‑campus presentations by visiting physicians and medical school personnel. We routinely invite practicing professionals and medical school admissions personnel to speak to the Health Sciences Club.  

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