North Park University’s pre-professional track for medicine is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive medical schools around the country. The pre-medicine track should accompany a major—most often biology, chemistry, or physics—where you’ll gain a foundational knowledge of life sciences and the human body.
Pre-medicine students are advised by faculty in the Biology Department. The director of health professions advising is Kristine Aronsson, who has served in the medical field in hospitals and other institutions throughout Illinois for over 25 years.
Advisors speak with you about your particular interests in medicine and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. Because of small class sizes at North Park, your professors and Kristine will get to know you, your professional goals and interests, and work with you one-on-one to find the best courses and experiences to help you reach those goals. Our Pre-Health Advising Committee—a group of faculty in the Division of Life and Physical Science and the director of health professions advising—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for medical school.
Another resource for mentorship is Dr. Jeffrey Nelson. Dr. Nelson guides students as they explore cadaver-based human anatomy. The cadaver laboratory is used by hundreds of students each year, including groups from introductory anatomy, psychology, art, embryology, athletic training, and high school students. He’s an expert in the field, and he’s dedicated to providing hands-on experiences to students interested in diverse career opportunities.
Course Sequences and Activities
We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for medical school and a career in healthcare. These courses meet the prerequisite requirements for most medical programs. However, you should investigate programs you’re interested in to make sure you complete any other specific requirements. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.
Medical School Admission Prerequisites
- Introduction to Human Anatomy
- Introduction to Cell Biology
- Additional Advanced Level Biology
- Introduction to Chemistry I
- Introduction to Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry II
- Introductory Physics I
- Introductory Physics II
- Introductory Statistics
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Students typically take the MCAT in the summer following the third year. Medical schools also typically look for internship and/or research experience on their applications. Your faculty advisors will work with you to find opportunities that fit into your schedule and align with your goals.
Dr. Calla Holmgren graduated from North Park in 1995 with a BS in biology. Now an obstetrician specializing in maternal-fetal medicine and safe labor practices, she vividly remembers her faculty advisors mentoring her through her pre-medicine track and encouraging her learning and creativity. Along with her medical practice, Dr. Holmgren volunteers as a physician with Medical Team International. She has remained close to North Park through the years by volunteering on our Board of Trustees and regularly recommending students to the University because she believes that the best preparation for a career in the sciences is the liberal arts.