Premedical Office

Academic Departments

At Xavier, the Premedical Program is not an academic major, and the Premedical Office is not an academic department.  In fact, most colleges do not offer a degree in "Premedicine" or "Premed" because such a degree would have little value if you did not gain admission into medical, dental, etc. school.  "Premed" simply refers to a schedule of minimum required and recommended courses for students who hope to gain admission into medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, veterinary, podiatry, and other types of health professions schools.  Therefore, a premed student at Xavier may pursue an undergraduate degree in ANY program of study (i.e. academic major) as long as the student completes the 1) required courses for the health professions school that he/she hopes to enter AND 2) courses that are necessary to adequately prepare for the entrance exam that is required by the health professions school that he/she hopes to enter.

Although medical, dental, and other types of health professions schools do NOT require an undergraduate degree in a specific academic discipline, many premeds at Xavier enroll in programs of study that give them the opportunity to fulfill their degree requirements AND the course requirements for health professions schools and related entrance exams, while also being on track to graduate from the University in four (4) years.  There are currently three (3) programs of study at Xavier that formally incorporate the premed schedule of courses into the academic major:  Biology Premed, Chemistry Premed, and Psychology Premed.

Students interested in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions who major in academic disciplines that do NOT formally incorporate the premed schedule of courses into the program of study must carefully plan to take the required and recommended courses for entry. Students are encouraged to discuss their plans to apply to medical, dental, etc. school with their departmental academic advisers to ensure that they take the courses needed to apply to health professions schools and with the Premedical Office to ensure they are receiving the appropriate application advice. The general premed schedule of courses for students interested in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions is available in Xavier's Catalog.  More details about the Premedical Program at Xavier can be found hereThe general schedule of courses for students interested in medicine, dentistry, and other health professions is designed so that students are prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), and other required entrance exams by the end of junior year.