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Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine & Pre-Veterinary Science
Program Information

Saint Mary’s University, in accord with the policy enunciated in the GREP Report of the Association of American Medical Colleges, does not require any particular major for those students interested in applying to dental, medical or veterinary science schools. Diverse majors are acceptable for admission to schools for the healing professions. However, a strong sequence of science courses prepares students for the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT). Demonstrated proficiency in mathematics, science, and liberal arts courses develops interpretive and critical abilities as well as a broad appreciation and understanding of the humanities. Saint Mary’s additionally emphasizes the necessity for including in the student’s four-year curriculum those courses which allow the student to develop the ability to synthesize knowledge and to arrive at thoughtful reflective decisions in the ethical/moral sphere. Such skills can be achieved through the pursuit of various disciplines as logic, ethics, literature, psychology and theology.

Most students attempt national examinations in the latter part of their junior year. By that time they should have completed a minimum of one year of biology and physics and two years of chemistry. It is recommended that students consult with members of the medical professions committee early in their career at Saint Mary’s and that they work very closely with their academic advisor.

Letters of recommendation are an important part of the student’s medical school application. Students petition a letter from the medical professions committee. The medical professions committee prefaces its recommendations predicated on the premises that medical school preparation should be thoroughly grounded in liberal education and that our medical students should possess an exceptional level of ethical and moral concern to reflect Saint Mary’s nature as a Catholic university.

Members of the medical professions committee, the professional school advisor, the vice president for academic affairs, and academic advisors have copies of possible paradigms (including these requirements) for your use. It must be emphasized that each professional school may have additional course requirements. A catalog containing the requirements is available in the office of the chair of the medical professions committee. It is imperative that students consult frequently with their academic advisors.

Course descriptions
For more information contact:

Randy Krainock, Ph.D
Advisor, Medical Professions Committee
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #10
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 8703
rkrainoc@smumn.edu