Advising Program

When you pursue a future in medicine, you dedicate yourself to the well-being of those you help. At Cal Lutheran, we make that same commitment to your education.

We will prepare you for the challenges of medical school through our Pre-Med advising program. You will have the education, resources, and support you need to successfully pursue your chosen career as a doctor, physician’s assistant, or other medical professional.

How It Works
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 medical school applicant.

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 Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology
  • Physics

We also recommend taking Biochemistry, Psychology and Medical Sociology – they’re on the MCAT exam. Optional clinical courses, such as Immunology and Internal Medicine Seminar, give you the opportunity to learn directly from practicing medical professionals. All of these courses will prepare you for medical school and your future career. 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. You’ll also get exposure to research opportunities with professors in the lab. These kinds of firsthand experiences are invaluable — and make you a much stronger med 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 medical school applications.

The Experience
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The most valuable portion of the pre-med program has been meeting other like-minded students who have similar goals. It is a long road to medical school, and it is helpful to have other students that have the same ambitions so we can help each other through the process.

Kristin Hijazin '18

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I have been shadowing two UCLA pulmonologists consistently since the summer of my freshman year. This experience has been an eye-opener to not only how hard it is to be a doctor, but how worthwhile this profession is. Seeing the patients each week brings me great joy and has solidified my desire to become a doctor.

Amy Lai '17

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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
  • See more schools

Don’t pigeonhole yourself! If you are pursuing a career in medicine, but feel more at home in a different club, say, Cal Lutheran's American Chemical Society Student Chapter, then join it! Employers and graduate schools are more interested in what you got from your experiences than where you got them.

Sam Theis ’14
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

OMS-1 studying Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

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