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PreMedicine/PreOsteopathy Advising Program PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062


PreMedicine/PreOsteopathy, a pre-professional advising program, provides students with an opportunity for further medical training after completing their undergraduate degree. Students take courses that prepare them for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and coursework in medical school. In addition to declaring this program, students must be admitted to a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics which have their own pre-medical/pre-osteopathy concentration, should not declare this program.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs for students who wish to pursue professional careers in medicine. These pre-medical programs are designed to provide a sound basis in biology and chemistry, along with coursework in physics and mathematics. The pre-medicine/pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy programs are intended to prepare students for advanced, professional study in the medical sciences.

These programs meet the coursework requirements for admission to most medical schools. Students who wish to pursue a pre-medical program would be well advised, however, to check carefully the admissions requirements of the professional schools they wish to enter. Students also should seek advice regularly from their faculty advisors.

Students may pursue pre-medical programs under the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science degree or a carefully designed Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree. The pre-medical programs serve as advising programs for students in the B.A., B.S. and B.I.S.programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements differ among medical and osteopathic medicine schools.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Students should consult with a faculty pre-medicine/pre-osteopathy advisor each semester for assistance in choosing classes, the appropriate sequencing of classes and to ensure entrance requirements for selected medical schools are being met.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
KAD BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30171 General Microbiology 4

Human Physiology (4)
Animal Physiology (3)
  CHEM 30284

Introductory Biological Chemistry (4)
Biochemical Foundations of Medicine (4)

MATH 12002

Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)
Calculus for Life Sciences (4)

Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences (3)
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
KSS/DD PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS/DD SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Choose one of the following groups: 10
  Group One  
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II (4)  
KBS   10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
  Group Two  
KBS CHEM 10960 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
KAD   10961 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
  Choose one of the following groups: 8
  Group One  
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)  
    20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
  Group Two  
  CHEM 30481 Organic Chemistry I (3)  
    30482 Organic Chemistry II (3)  
  Both groups take:  
  CHEM 30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
    30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
  Choose one of the following groups: 10
  Group One  
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I (4)  
KAD   13002 General College Physics II (4)  
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II (1)  
  Group Two  
KBS PHY 23101 General University Physics I (5)**  
KAD   23102 General University Physics II (5)  


* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** The pre/corequisite for PHY 23101 is MATH 12002; the pre/corequisite for PHY 23102 is MATH 12003.

Note: While individual medical or osteopathy schools may require a variety of additional courses, BSCI 30518 Vertebrate Anatomy (4) is recommended to strengthen a student's preparation for the MCAT.

Note: Students are encouraged, after consultation with a faculty premedicine and preosteopathy advisor, to select from the following Kent Core courses and general elective courses to help prepare for a career in medicine:

COMM 15000 Introduction to Human CommunicationK (3)
ECON 22060 Principles of MicroeconomicsK (3)
  42086 Economics of Healthcare (3)
PHIL 21001 Introduction to EthicsK (3)
 PSYC 40111 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  41363 Biopsychology (3)
 SOC 42563 Sociology of Health and Health Care (3)

K Fulfills Kent Core requirement.