Rockhurst University has a very active program for those who wish to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry. Its liberal arts core, along with a major in biology or chemistry, meets all the medical and dental school requirements of science and non-science courses.
From the first declaration of intention, the pre-medical or pre-dental student is assigned a member of the Pre-medical and Pre-dental Advisory Committee as academic adviser. The function of the adviser is to see that students meet the course work requirements on schedule and to encourage them to maintain high performance and motivation. The adviser will also provide catalogs, literature and guidance about medical or dental school requirements. The adviser also counsels students on the MCAT (Medical College Aptitude Test) or the DAT (Dental Aptitude Tests) which are usually taken at the end of the third year of college.
Finally, the Pre-medical and Pre-dental Committee interviews the prospective applicant during the junior year and writes the official letter of recommendation. Pre-medical and pre-dental students are encouraged to consult frequently with their advisors concerning their course work. The chairpersons of the Pre-medical and Pre-dental Advisory Committee are members of the American Association of Advisors to the Health Professions.