Advising Program

When you pursue a future in medicine, you dedicate yourself to the well-being of those you help.

With the pre-med advising program, you’ll have the education, resources and support you need to successfully pursue your chosen career as a doctor, nurse or other medical professional.

The Curriculum
Choose your own major

The pre-med advising program does not limit you to any particular major. Study what most closely aligns with your passions. Whichever major you choose, you’ll receive the full benefits of a liberal arts education — making you a well-rounded applicant for medical, dentistry or pharmacy school.

Take specially designed courses

Along with your regular classes, you’ll need to take a year of each of these subjects to be considered for med school:

  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory and Advanced Biology
  • Physics

We also recommend taking Biochemistry, Psychology and Medical Sociology — they’re on the MCAT exam. Optional clinical courses, such as Immunology and Pre-Health Seminar, give you the opportunity to learn directly from practicing medical professionals. All of these courses will prepare you for a future career in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy. Learn more about required and recommended courses.

Get experience that matters

You’ll have shadowing and internship opportunities at local hospitals, clinics, and healthcare organizations. Some of our students have worked at Los Robles Hospital, St. Johns Hospitals and Amgen. You’ll also get exposure to research opportunities with professors in the lab and even COPE Health Scholars. These kinds of firsthand experiences are invaluable — and make you a much stronger medical, dentistry or pharmacy school candidate.

Join a strong pre-med community

Our current pre-med and pre-health students share your passions and goals. They will welcome you into their tight-knit community through clubs and organizations such as the American Medical Student Association. Their mentorship will play a huge role in your success.

Benefit from dedicated advisors

As you prepare to apply to medical school, you will have one-on-one counseling every step of the way. This includes resume writing and personal statement reviews, mock interviews, maintaining a file for your letters of recommendation, and coordinating your mailings for school applications.

The Experience

For the Pre-Med Advising Program, Career Services works with Biology department to make sure you're taking the right classes. They can also write you a committee letter which helped my medical school application.

Christian Bustillos ‘20

The Pre-Health Seminar really kickstarted my pre-med experience at Cal Lutheran. Along with AMSA, it connected me to a network of like-minded students and exposed me to what was available. The summer after freshman year, I started my first internship, which I have continued ever since. I have learned and grown so much working within a hospital environment around patients and medical staff.

William Frem '16
Your Future

Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared for the challenges of medical school. You will also have free, lifelong access to our Career Services — an invaluable resource as you advance in your education and career.

Our graduates have gone on to study at:

  • Georgetown University, School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
  • New York University, School of Medicine
  • San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF)
  • Stanford School of Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical School
  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Western University of Health Sciences
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