Pre-Medical Studies at Hiram
Medical schools usually seek students with broad backgrounds in the liberal arts, excellent work in a core of science courses, and a strong concentration in one academic area. The major field need not be in the sciences, although it frequently is.
No matter what the major, students seeking entry to medical school must take a specified minimum number of courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
Students considering a career in medicine usually take the MCAT exam in the spring of their junior year. Before that, students need to complete the following Hiram courses:
- Psychology 101000
- Sociology 155000
- Introductory Biology I & II (BIO 15100 & 15200)
- Structure and Bonding (CHEM 12000)
- Introduction to Chemical Analysis (CHEM 12100)
- Introduction to Organic Chemistry (CHEM 22000)
- Intermediate Organic Chemistry (CHEM 32000)
- Fundamentals of Physics I & II (PHYS 21300 & PHYS 21400) or Principles of Physics I & II (PHYS 11300 & 11400)
Mathematics 19800 and 19900 (Calculus I & II) are prerequisites for the calculus-based physics courses. The Health Science Board urges all serious candidates for medical school to complete at least one of the biology or chemistry courses above during their first year at Hiram.
Before the end of the first year, the student is advised to meet with a member of the Health Science Board to discuss and plan course work for subsequent years. Along with the courses listed above, some medical schools require additional courses in chemistry and biology. Hiram graduation requirements in composition and literature meet the English requirements of most medical schools. Some admissions committees may require courses in the humanities. Students should consult the catalogs of specific medical schools to determine which additional science and non-science courses are required for admission.
Students interested in preparing for medical and other health related professional programs may consider a major or minor in biomedical humanities. However, medical schools will accept students from any major, so students are encouraged to pursue majors aligned with their academic interests. We have had successful matriculants to medical school from majors such as music and Spanish, in addition to the sciences. Our biomedical humanities program includes the basic science core required for most programs, as well as a strong liberal arts foundation stressing communication skills, diversity sensitivity, ethical development, and service learning. Students should consult the catalog description of the major or members of the Health Science Board for further information.
Through our partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University, five Hiram College students will gain direct admittance into our BA to MD program. Learn more about this program.
Health Science Board
- Carol Shreiner, Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Cara Constance, Associate Professor of Biology
- Brad Goodner, Professor of Biology
- James Kercher, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Erin Lamb, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities
- Sandra Madar, Professor of Biology
- Steven Merrill, Associate Professor of Nursing
- Acacia Parks, Assistant Professor of Psychology