Loras College, a private, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, announces the launch of its one-year, postbaccalaureate premedical program that provides the needed coursework commonly required for entrance to medical schools. Individuals began to apply in mid-January.
The Loras premedical program is designed for people who have completed a bachelor’s degree but do not have the prerequisite courses to apply to one of the following professional schools: medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.
“Some extremely bright and talented people finish their undergraduate degrees with majors in something outside of science and may even work for a few years before they finally recognize their inner calling to become a medical doctor,” said Kate Cooper, Ph.D., director of the program and associate professor of biology.
Cooper and a team of faculty will create an individualized timeline for each student to reach their overall goal. Students enrolled in the Loras postbaccalaureate premedical program will benefit from access to a premedical advisor and the accompanying guidance they provide to students in selecting courses, preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), seeking research, clinical, and volunteer opportunities, and navigating the often complicated primary and secondary application processes.
Other distinctive features of Loras’ postbaccalaureate premedical program include:
- Annotated transcript developed and expanded by the premed committee at the end of every semester.
- Committee letter of evaluation for medical school or professional program of choice.
- MCAT study assistance and practice exams.
- Opportunity to take a human anatomy class using cadavers to prepare for anatomy in medical school.
- Assistance finding shadowing, research, and other related opportunities.
Financial aid opportunities are available to those who qualify.