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  • Alexis Nagengast

    • Pre-Health Professions Advisor
    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 562
    • tel: 610-499-4020

FAQs, Pre-Health Care Professions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the pre-health care professions (pre-med) program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

What is the best pre-med major?

There is no single pre-med major that is best for everyone. Instead, students should choose to major in a subject that interests them and allows them to complete the prerequisite courses required for medical school admission. Students from any major will be competitive to apply to health care professions programs if they have a high GPA overall and in the prerequisite courses and a solid MCAT score.

What are the pre-med prerequisite courses?

Students must take two semesters of general chemistry with labs, two semesters of organic chemistry with labs, two semesters of biology with labs, two semesters of physics with labs, and two semesters of English. Additionally, it is recommended that students take courses in psychology, sociology, and biochemistry to help prepare for the MCAT. 

Can I major in something other than biology and apply for a 3+4 accelerated program?

No. Courses taken in the first year at the health care professions school fulfill the senior year curriculum requirements for the biology major only.

What medical schools have your students been accepted to?

In the past five years, our graduates have been accepted to local medical schools, such as Temple University, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Rowan College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students have also been accepted at the University of Connecticut, St George’s University, and American University of the Caribbean Medical School. 

Can I major in pre-med?

No. You can major in any program offered by the university and apply to medical school as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. The most popular pre-med majors are biochemistrybiology, and psychology.