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Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
Premedical Adviser
xupremed@yahoo.com
(504) - 520-7437
 
 
Part-Time Staff
JW Carmichael, Jr.
Director of Premed Program
Professor of Chemistry
 
 
 
 
 

 

Premed

Choosing a College Major

Contrary to popular belief, medical, dental, and other health professions schools (e.g. optometry school, veterinary school, etc.) do not require that you major in biology or chemistry. You can major in anything you want as long as you complete the required coursework which usually includes the following mathematics and science courses while in college:

  • 1 year of biology with laboratory
  • 1 year of general (inorganic) chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 year of physics with laboratory
  • 1 year of college mathematics*

*A statistics course is required by most medical, dental, and other health professions schools; if statistics is not a required math course for your major, you should make plans to take it as an elective.

In addition to the above listed courses, there may be additional required and recommended courses for entry into medical, dental, etc. school. It is imperative that students periodically review admissions requirements for the schools in which they are interested in applying to in order to ensure that those school-specific requirements are satisfied. It should be noted that credits earned by Advanced Placement may or may not be accepted by medical, dental, etc. schools. Most health professions schools do not require applicants to complete an undergraduate degree BUT many prefer that you do so.

Additional Courses Recommended
Past experience at Xavier has shown that students who enter medical, dental, or other health professions schools with only the minimum math/science requirements (above) are more likely to experience difficulty than those who complete advanced science courses. While an undergraduate institution such as Xavier cannot (and should not) exist merely to prepare students for entry into professional school, it can help prepare you for the very difficult first year of medical, dental, etc. school. Therefore, we strongly recommend that students interested in medicine, dentistry, etc. take at least three (3) of the following advanced courses in order to make the transition into health professions school easier: Biochemistry, Physiology, Embryology with laboratory, Histology with laboratory, and Comparative Anatomy with laboratory.

"Premedical" Degree Programs
Most colleges do not offer a degree in "Premedicine" or "Premed" because such a degree would have little value if you did not get into medical, dental, etc. school. At Xavier, "premed" is NOT a degree, rather it is an internal designation that is used to indicate a student's career interest and to make sure that the student is satisfying the necessary coursework for application to medical, dental, and other health professions schools. Xavier's "premedical/predental" programs are offered by the Biology Chemistry, and Psychology Departments. They are called "Biology-Premed", "Chemistry-Premed", and "Psychology-Premed", respectively.
 
 
 
We strongly recommend that XU students interested in medical, dental, or any other type of health professions school major in one of these three programs since they allow students to 1) complete the basic requirements and recommended courses for entry into medical, dental, etc. school, and 2) complete an academic degree in four years.

Recommended Scheduling of Science Courses
Students in the "premedical tracks" in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology should follow the sequencing of courses listed in Xavier's Catalog (http://www.xula.edu/catalog/index.php). The general schedule of courses for premeds 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.
 

NOT Majoring in Biology-Premed, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed?
Students interested in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions who major in academic disciplines that do NOT have special "premedical tracks" 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. The general schedule of courses for students interested in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions is listed in Xavier's Catalog (http://www.xula.edu/catalog/index.php). The 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.

 

 

 
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