Pre-Medical School Preparation
You’ve felt a calling to help others, whether as a dentist, medical doctor, or veterinarian. Saint Mary’s University can help you get there!
You will have the opportunity to get to know your professors and benefit from their expertise, experience, and advice during your four years on campus. Our professors will work with you to help you prepare to apply to graduate schools.
Program Details for Pre-dentistry, Pre-medical, and Pre-veterinary Science
There is not a required major for dental, medical, or veterinary school, but there are highly recommended and required prerequisite classes. You will need a strong preparation in the sciences. Most students wanting to further their schooling in these areas will select either Biology or Biochemistry as their major.
If you choose to major in something other than Biology or Biochemistry, you should take courses in:
- For Pre-dentistry — Biology and Chemistry (specifically, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry, and Microbiology).
- For Pre-medical — Biology and Chemistry (specifically, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry). Some of our students will double major in biochemistry and biology to enhance their knowledge and their résumés. This is not required to get into medical school, and you can fulfill your medical school prerequisite courses without double majoring.
- For Pre-veterinary Science — Biology and Chemistry (specifically, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology). The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website is a helpful resource for students interested in veterinary medicine.
It is recommended that students consult with their adviser during their first year on campus to make sure they get started on the right track with the necessary classes and labs. Adequate undergraduate preparation affords the student a significant advantage when applying to graduate schools. Your résumé will be stronger and you will be more successful while taking your Dental Admissions Tests (DAT), Medical College Aptitude Tests (MCAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Biology Graduate Record Examination (Bio-GRE).
No matter what, you can be confident in the fact that when you choose Saint Mary's, you'll find faculty members who are committed helping you fulfill your career goals and aspirations.
High School Preparation
You should take a high school curriculum that will prepare you for your college course work. If your high school offers AP, IB, or honors classes, take as many sciences as you can—for example, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics. This preparation will help you as you enter the higher-level classes at Saint Mary’s.
Because dental, medical, and veterinary schools are very competitive, everything on your résumé will matter. Another way to prepare, and to prove your interest in your field, is to add volunteering to your résumé. Volunteer as many hours as you can in a clinic and hospital, or shadow a DMD, DDS, MD, or DVM. To “walk the talk” will add to the sincerity of your voice on your résumé.