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Medical & Allied Health

Advising on course selection, entrance exam preparation and application completion.

To increase your chances of acceptance to medical school, consider: 

ENGAGING enthusiastically in your whole undergraduate education

Choose a major – science or non-science – that interests you, and pick challenging courses outside your major that you also find to be of interest.

Do well in science courses

Whether your major is science or non-science, you should have a genuine interest and scientific understanding that shows in your work in the required prerequisite courses.

Show accomplishment and leadership outside the classroom

Get involved with something worthwhile that you love doing - volunteering, mastering a musical instrument, conducting research, having a leadership role within a student organization. There are numerous organizations and opportunities to be involved on campus.

Learn about your desired health care profession

Prior to applying to a health profession school, its important to have an understanding of your desired health care profession. Many schools require shadowing or relevant healthcare work experience as part of your application materials. The Hubbard Center can coach you in appropriate networking methods, and many shadowing opportunities often come from your personal contacts in the healthcare industry who can attest to your character. If you do not know anyone in your desired field, please speak to the Hubbard Center about making connections in the field.

Have an MCAT score at the 79th percentile or higher

have a science GPA of 3.4 or higher


It is best to begin taking these courses during your first-year on campus. 

Chemistry 120
Structure & Properties of Organic Molecules w/ Lab
Chemistry 130
Structure & Properties of Inorganic Compounds w/ Lab
Chemistry 170
Stoichiometric Calculations
Chemistry 240
Structure & Function of Biomolecules w/ Lab
Chemistry 260
Thermodynamics, Equilibrium & Kinetics w/ Lab
Chemistry 310
Enzyme Mechanics
Biology 101
Molecules, Genes and Cells
Biology 102
Evolution, Organisms & Ecology
Additional upper-level course in Biology w/ lab
Physics 120
Principles of Physics I w/ Lab
Physics 130
Principles of Physics II w/ Lab
Any social science course
Math 151
Calculus (or Math 135 & 136)
Psychology 100
Introductory Psychology

Take all prerequisite courses for a grade. At DePauw you will learn the content of these courses in small classes taught by professors who will prepare you very well for what you will experience on your highly rigorous path.

*Note: The courses listed satisfy most of the admissions requirements at U.S. Medical Schools.  However, each school may not require all of these and schools may require additional courses (such as Genetics). Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the applicant to know the exact requirements and deadlines for each school to which they apply.

Application Materials

It is best to begin planning earlier to make sure that you have each item completed well in advance of the deadline, because the application process has multiple steps. Some items to prepare for include:

Entrance Exams: Gre & MCAT

Many health profession schools utilize entrance exams as a part of their applications. US medical schools use the The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT). The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in four areas: 1) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, 2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, 3) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems and 4) Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior.

Other Health Profession schools may use the MCAT, however many use The Graduate Records Exam (GRE). Every school and program is different, so check with the program about all admissions requirements.

Application services

Many health profession schools use a Centralized Application Service (CAS). Depending upon the health profession you are applying to, you will be required to pay an initial fee for the service, and additional fees will incur for each additional school. Most health professions will have a primary application through the CAS followed by secondary applications for each specific school.

For Example, Primary Medical School applications will go to one of two centralized application services in the U.S. AMCAS is the service used by all allopathic (M.D. conferring) medical schools and AACOMAS is the service used by all osteopathic (D.O. conferring) medical schools.  When applying, you should submit your application electronically via the AMCAS and/or AACOMAS websites. The fee for AMCAS processing and 1 medical school designation is $160; each additional school is $37. The fee for AACOMAS application for the first school is $195, with a fee of $35 for each additional school.  Both processing services have fee assistance programs (FAP). Secondary Medical School applications are requested by each individual school after the Primary applications have been submitted and reviewed.

Check out the Health Professions Guides to learn more about the specific guidelines for your desired health profession.

Primary Medical School Applications

Primary application will go to one of two centralized application services in the U.S. AMCAS is the service used by all allopathic (M.D. conferring) medical schools and AACOMAS is the service used by all osteopathic (D.O. conferring) medical schools.  When applying, you should submit your application electronically via the AMCAS and/or AACOMAS websites. The fee for AMCAS processing and 1 medical school designation is $160; each additional school is $37. The fee for AACOMAS application for the first school is $195, with a fee of $35 for each additional school.  Both processing services have fee assistance programs (FAP).  Please visit each website for more information.

Secondary Applications

Most schools require a secondary application. Once the primary application is received, schools that require a secondary application will contact you directly requesting a secondary application. Secondary applications generally require that a student respond to several additional essay questions that are generally more school-specific. Be mindful that some schools request a secondary application from all applicants, and other schools only ask preferred applicants for secondary applications. There are additional processing fees associated with submission of secondary applications, usually ranging from $35-$100 per school.

Personal Statements/Essays

The personal statement is your chance to shine and to set yourself apart from other applicants. It is essential that you demonstrate the personal qualities that will make you an excellent healthcare professional. Tell your story; not revisit your resume. Make your essay informative and engaging, and gives the admission committee and understanding of your motivation for pursuing a career in healthcare.  Double check your statement for grammar and content. The Hubbard Center can help you with your application materials and personal statement review. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McCracken Renick to work on your application.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluation

You should have developed and cultivated strong relationships with at least a few professors during your time at DePauw. It is not the job of the faculty to provide you with letters of recommendation. It is through a strong relationship that the faculty member will feel comfortable providing a strong letter of recommendation for you. A letter of recommendation should attest to your maturity, ability, character and integrity. Letters from professors and advisors carry more weight than letters from friends or employers, unless the employer can directly address your potential as a physician. When requesting a letter of recommendation, provide the faculty with the following: copies of your transcript, resume, and personal statement. For medical school applicants, the AAMC has a guide for letter writers; it is a great resource to give letter writers.

Meet with the Health Professions Adviser

Colleen McCracken RenickYou are encouraged to meet with

Colleen McCracken Renick, Ph.D.        colleenmccracken@depauw.edu          UB 103

She can help you determine which health care areas may be of most interest to you, what courses you should take to best prepare and what additional opportunities you can take advantage of.

Additional Resources

Pathways to Science 



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