What is it?
MidAmerica Nazarene University provides a pre-medical program designed to help students achieve their goal of obtaining admission to a professional school in a medically-related field. This includes medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, veterinary school, medical technology programs, and others.
Why isn't it a major?
At MNU, we have chosen not to offer a pre-med major. This is because medical schools do not require a specific major and obtaining a pre-med major does not make it more likely that you will be admitted into a medical school. Therefore, we feel that it is best to choose a major field of study in which you are interested. This major can then provide an alternative career pathway if for some reason you choose to use it.
What major is best?
While most of our pre-medical students choose biology or chemistry as their major, it is not a requirement. You can choose any major as long as you take all of the prerequisite courses required by the professional school to which you apply. We’ve had pre-medical students with academic majors in business, music, and many other fields. However, all pre-medical students should expect to spend a significant amount of time in biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses.
What does MNU's pre-medical program provide?
- You will be assigned an academic advisor to guide you through your coursework as a pre-medical student.
- Each year, the pre-med committee interviews all pre-med students. These interviews are partially designed to provide information to prepare you for the process of applying to a medical program. But they also serve as a mock interview to prepare you for that highly stressful interview when you apply.
- Occasional seminars inform pre-med students of issues in their chosen fields. Speakers for these seminars are often officials from nearby medical schools or former MNU students who are either currently in medical school or are practicing in a field of medicine.
What happens after graduation?
MNU graduates have been very successful in gaining admittance into professional schools. They attend a variety of schools, some of which are listed below:
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Ohio State University School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Unified Services University of Health Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine
University of Tennessee-Memphis School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Need more info?
Dr. Rion Taylor
Pre-med committee chair