Why Elms for your Pre-Health/Pre-Med degree?

  • Advance your skills in the Lyons Center, a $12 million facility designed for innovation in the sciences.
  • Collaborate with published professors on experiments, especially in the biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields.
  • Fast-track your acceptance to professional health graduate programs through our affiliation agreements with other colleges and universities.

Pre-Health/Pre-Medicine Professional Studies Program

Hands-On Experience. Personalized Instruction.

Our pre-health/pre-medicine program offers one-on-one advising with professor Janet Williams, Ph.D., who helps you develop strategies to prepare you for further study. You can participate in faculty research projects and become involved with volunteer, mentorship, and leadership programs.

You can find Elms pre-health/pre-medicine students continuing their studies after graduation at prestigious schools such as Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Chicago School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Creighton University School of Medicine, among others.

Standardized Test Preparation

The Elms College pre-professional program prepares students to matriculate to professional health programs. We offer discounted rates for standardized test preparation for medical school (MCAT), dental school (DAT), optometry school (OAT), pharmacy school (PCAT), and veterinary, PA, PT, OT, chiropractic, and other graduate schools (GRE).

Affiliations, Linkages and Agreements

Elms College premed students have the option to expedite their grad school applications by taking advantage of our affiliations with other schools. Students should contact Dr. Janet Williams, the premedical advisor, for more information.

Premed students who have completed the requirements set out by Marywood University’s PA program are eligible to apply to the program for an interview. A recommendation letter of endorsement from the Elms College premedical advisor is required.

Premed students are also eligible to apply to the early acceptance program at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the Lake Erie College of Dental Medicine (LECOM), and the Lake Erie College of Pharmacy (LECOM). Eligible students can schedule an interview with a LECOM admission committee to fast-track their entry into the program of their choosing.

Elms College is also affiliated with the Western New England University Pharm.D. program, which gives premed students the option to continue their graduate education in Western Massachusetts.

We are a member of the National Association of Advisors of the Health Professions.

Bridge Your Skills Into Medical School

No matter which branch of medicine you’re interested in practicing, the pre-health/pre-medicine program gives you the knowledge and expertise you need to get accepted into medical school. Our graduates have recently been accepted to the following schools:

Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD)

  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, PA
  • Georgetown School of Medicine, DC
  • Hofstra School of Medicine, NY
  • Medical College of South Carolina
  • Meharry Medical College, TN
  • NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine, FL
  • Penn State Medical College, Hershey PA
  • Rosalind Franklin College of Medicine, Chicago IL
  • St. Louis University Medical School, MO
  • SUNY Upstate Syracuse School of Medicine, NY
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
  • Wayne State School of Medicine, MI

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

  • Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), PA
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) NE
  • NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
  • Purdue University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IN
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, CO
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV


  • Touro College of Dental Medicine, NY
  • Temple University College of Dental Medicine, PA
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, AZ
  • Tufts University Dental School, MA


  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, CO
  • Florida State College of Veterinary Medicine, FL
  • Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, VA
  • Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, LA
  • Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, AZ
  • Purdue Veterinary College, IN
  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, MA
  • University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine, PA
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, TN

Podiatric Medicine

  • Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine, FL
  • California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, CA
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY


  • Indiana University College of Optometry, IN
  • New England College of Optometry, MA
  • Salus University, PA
  • SUNY College of Optometry, NY
  • Ohio State University College of Optometry, OH

Physician Assistant

  • Baypath University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program, RI
  • MCPHS Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Springfield College Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, MA
  • University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program, CT
  • University of St. Joseph Physician Assistant Studies Program, CT
  • Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA


  • Howard University Medical School College of Pharmacy, DC
  • LECOM College of Pharmacy Bradenton, FL
  • Western New England University College of Pharmacy, MA

Quick Info

  • Large state-of-the-art research labs and facilities
  • Published professors
  • Small lab and class sizes, which means more experience and more time with the instructor
  • Hands-on experience in chemistry and biology
  • Research opportunities as a first-year student
  • Internships
  • Career seminars, cohort classes, tutoring, and mentoring resources


Click to view course requirements for the Pre-Health/Pre-Medicine Professional Studies.

Students can prepare for admission to health professional schools by majoring in any subject, but they must include courses in their program that meet minimum requirements for entrance into the professional school of their choice.

Different medical and health professional school programs have specific requirements that need to be satisfied before the student applies to the program. Dr. Janet Williams has information on different program requirements. Students should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the programs to which they are applying and have regular consultations with Dr. Williams to ensure all mandatory requirements are met.

Program Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CHE 1201General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 1202General Chemistry II3
CHE 1202LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 2101Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 2102Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 2102LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
PHY 1005General Physics I3
PHY 1005LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PHY 1006General Physics II3
PHY 1006LGeneral Physics II Lab1
BIO 1203General Biology I3
BIO 1203LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204General Biology II3
BIO 1204LGeneral Biology II Lab1

Additional Program Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
MAT 1009Statistics3
MAT 1301Calculus I3
BIO 3001Developmental Biology3
BIO 3001LDevelopmental Biology Lab (optional)1
BIO 3103Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 3103LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab (optional, strongly recommended)1
BIO 3104Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 3104LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab (optional, strongly recommended)1
BIO 3106Cell Biology3
BIO 3106LCell Biology Lab (optional)1
BIO 3201Genetics3
BIO 3201LGenetics Lab (optional)1
BIO 3206Molecular Biology3
BIO 3206LMolecular Biology Lab (optional)1
BIO 4306Biochemistry3
BIO 4306LBiochemistry Lab (optional)1
Courses in Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BMH) (strongly recommended)

John Marc-Austin

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John-Marc Austin, biology and psychology double major and a bioethics minor, has been accepted into the program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which only accepts 3.5% of applicants.