When you pursue a future in medicine, you dedicate yourself to the well-being of those you help.
With the pre-med advising program, you’ll have the education, resources and support you need to successfully pursue your chosen career as a doctor, nurse or other medical professional.
Choose your own major
The pre-med advising program does not limit you to any particular major. Study what most closely aligns with your passions. Whichever major you choose, you’ll receive the full benefits of a liberal arts education — making you a well-rounded applicant for medical, dentistry or pharmacy school.
Take specially designed courses
Along with your regular classes, you’ll need to take a year of each of these subjects to be considered for med school:
- General and Organic Chemistry
- Introductory and Advanced Biology
We also recommend taking Biochemistry, Psychology and Medical Sociology — they’re on the MCAT exam. Optional clinical courses, such as Immunology and Pre-Health Seminar, give you the opportunity to learn directly from practicing medical professionals. All of these courses will prepare you for a future career in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy. Learn more about required and recommended courses.
Get experience that matters
You’ll have shadowing and internship opportunities at local hospitals, clinics, and healthcare organizations. Some of our students have worked at Los Robles Hospital, St. Johns Hospitals and Amgen. You’ll also get exposure to research opportunities with professors in the lab and even COPE Health Scholars. These kinds of firsthand experiences are invaluable — and make you a much stronger medical, dentistry or pharmacy school candidate.
Join a strong pre-med community
Our current pre-med and pre-health students share your passions and goals. They will welcome you into their tight-knit community through clubs and organizations such as the American Medical Student Association. Their mentorship will play a huge role in your success.
Benefit from dedicated advisors
As you prepare to apply to medical school, you will have one-on-one counseling every step of the way. This includes resume writing and personal statement reviews, mock interviews, maintaining a file for your letters of recommendation, and coordinating your mailings for school applications.
I really enjoyed the advice that was provided in the pre-med program. It was also great to be able to meet with like-minded individuals who have the same goals as me. It allowed me to have a very strong support system to navigate through a very challenging track.
Pierre Meleka '23
The Pre-Health Seminar really kickstarted my pre-med experience at Cal Lutheran. Along with AMSA, it connected me to a network of like-minded students and exposed me to what was available. The summer after freshman year, I started my first internship, which I have continued ever since. I have learned and grown so much working within a hospital environment around patients and medical staff.William Frem '16
Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared for the challenges of medical school. You will also have free, lifelong access to our Career Services — an invaluable resource as you advance in your education and career.
Our graduates have gone on to study at:
- Georgetown University, School of Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
- New York University, School of Medicine
- San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF)
- Stanford School of Medicine
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical School
- University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
- University of Southern California (USC)
- Western University of Health Sciences
- See more schools
Medicine has gotten smarter over the last few decades and realized that people coming out of [liberal arts] educational experiences are the kind of people we want to take care of our patients. You know, they have a perspective. They’ve tapped into other dimensions of themselves that might include compassion and ethics and much, much more than science, science, science. I would do it all over again.
Laureen L. (Spinas ’83) Hill '83
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
Paso Robles, CA