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Program Description 

Rockhurst pre-med students have access to a wide variety of opportunities and resources, including health-related clubs and fraternities, volunteering opportunities, pre-health advisors and research opportunities. Students interested in attending an M.D. or D.O. medical school complete pre-med courses and an bachelor's degree at Rockhurst.

Students applying to medical school are required to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), gain clinical experience through volunteering, shadowing or paid positions. Leadership experience and undergraduate research are additional valuable components of a medical school application. Advisors work closely with pre-med students to discuss all elements of their application, and the pre-health committee provides a holistic review of application materials, an authentic interview experience and a letter of evaluation.

Learning Outcomes 

Pre-Med Scholars Programs

Students interested in early acceptance programs must meet rigorous academic standards along with leadership, service and professional development criteria. It is strongly advised that students identify a program in their freshman year and work with pre-health directors Annie Lee, Ph.D. or Laura Salem, Ph.D. to identify appropriate coursework, extracurricular activities, volunteering opportunities and shadowing of physicians. Because some of the programs listed below are for sophomore applicants, it is important that students have a strong commitment to pursue a medical career when they start at Rockhurst if they want to apply through one of these programs:

Course Map 

The Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Programs

Pre-Health Programs

Pre-Prosthetic and Orthotic Program

Pre-medical students work with their pre-health advisors to develop a course plan that prepares them for the medical schools of their choice. Typical prerequisite coursework includes:

  • General Biology (8 hours)
  • General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I and II (8 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Behavioral Sciences Psychology/Sociology (6 hours)
  • English Composition I and II (6 hours)

Other Relevant MCAT Preparatory Coursework:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Cell Biology (4 hours)
  • Genetics (4 hours)
  • Microbiology (4 hours)

Medically Related Coursework Outside of the Sciences:

  • Medical Spanish
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals
  • Health Communication
  • Medical humanities minor
  • Health Psychology
  • Bioethics minor
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • Training of the Standardized Patient


Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Partnerships with four regional medical schools for early admission
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity
  • Pre-health advisors
    Personalized advising
  • Annual access to small group consultations with admissions representatives from the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and A.T. Still University medical schools
  • Career services practice interviews and feedback on interview skills
  • Physics of Medicine program
  • Alumni medical networks in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha, Nebraska, to facilitate shadowing 
  • Open-door access to professors
  • Free tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • 77% placement rate for students into health professional programs in the past five years
  • Pre-health Blackboard page to communicate research, volunteer and shadowing opportunities
  • Kaplan Institutional Partnership with half-price MCAT preparatory course on campus


“Looking back on my four years at RU, I can safely say I received the best possible education. Taking pre med classes and majoring in biochemistry, I was pushed to my limits in mastering the material, which benefitted me greatly down the road in medical school and afterward. However, the most valuable parts of my education were the life lessons outside of the classroom at Rockhurst. From performing science-based learning projects with high school students to leading a college prep summer tutoring session, working alongside the biochemistry faculty provided invaluable mentorship and hands-on experience with real-world service for those in need. The way the teachers pushed us to listen, to think, to work, to act, to help those around us – this is what has left a lasting impression on me. I cherish so much the wonderful friendships I developed with my teachers and role models that continue through today. For me, majoring in biochemistry at Rockhurst was the perfect setup for success, and I attribute this all to the incredible faculty who helped me in this critical time in life.”

Francis Dailey
B.S. Biochemistry, Rockhurst University 2010
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2014
Internal Medicine Resident, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Missouri, 2017


"Rockhurst provided me with so many opportunities that helped prepare me for medical school. Doing research with the organic chemistry department allowed me to learn skills that I now use while doing research in medical school. I also felt confident in my science education background, which helped me transition to the medical school curriculum with ease."

Danielle Rinck
B.S. Chemistry and B.A Spanish, Rockhurst University
Medical Student, Saint Louis University School of Medicine