Are you interested in medical school?

If so, you've landed in the right spot. The Springfield College Premedical Scholars Program offers academic advising and guidance for students who intend to pursue advanced education in the following medical fields.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Osteopathic
  • Chiropractic
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary

The program director guides students through their four years at Springfield College to prepare them for their next steps toward advanced education in the healthcare field, including the application process.

What are health professions?

Health professions careers include doctor, podiatrist, dentist, optometrist, pharmacist, nurse, physician assistant, physical therapist, and related specialties. These careers require graduate school training after receiving a bachelor’s degree.

What major should I choose?

Most Springfield College students interested in going on to health professions graduate school major in Sports Biology or Biology.  They sometimes obtain a minor in chemistry, psychology, or nutrition.  It is sometimes possible to pursue a double major (for instance, Biology and Psychology, or Sports Biology and Mathematics). It is also possible to pursue undergraduate studies in non-science areas of interest such as art, dance, history, languages, etc. in addition to science coursework.

What is a pre-medical student?

Students interested in health professions must complete certain required courses, obtain excellent grades, and they often take certain standardized tests (such as the MCAT for medical school or the DAT for dental school) in their junior or senior year of college. It is important for a student to obtain advising services early (in freshman and sophomore year) to ensure that all the right steps are being taken to prepare for graduate school.

How do I apply to medical school or graduate school?

Springfield College supports students applying to health professions graduate schools. While students are ultimately in charge of their own career preparation, they receive guidance from a faculty member who is knowledgeable about the requirements and procedures for applying to medical school and other health professions graduate programs. There is a Pre-Health Professional Committee that assists with reference letters for students who meet qualifying criteria.

Springfield College maintains and continues to build affiliation agreements with professional schools, clinics, and alumni working in health professions to provide opportunities for students pursuing health careers.

Is it all just science classes?

Students preparing for health professions are encouraged to pursue a wide variety of experiences while in college, which may include participation in athletics, student clubs and activism, student government, community service, spiritual life, work experiences, and artistic pursuits. All Springfield College students take a variety of classes that support their general education, including humanities courses. Pre-health students come from diverse backgrounds and develop strong academic and leadership profiles based on their individual interests.

Affiliations

Springfield College has established fast-track affiliation agreements with the following schools.

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glendale, Ariz.

Arizona School of Health Sciences
Mesa, Ariz.

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kirksville, Mo.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erie, Pa.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wis.

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
New York, N.Y.

St. George’s University
Great River, N.Y.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Biddeford, Maine