Bachelor of Science Degree, Natural Sciences Major
See also Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Physical Therapy
Learn to change lives through medicine
The desire to save lives, treat injuries and diseases, and improve patients’ health is a meaningful motivation to pursue a career in the medical field, one of the most exciting and rewarding professions throughout the world.
PCC’s graduates have achieved a high level of success in medicine, being accepted into over 70 medical schools, including 5 of the top 10 primary care medical schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. To prepare for medical school, students receive a thorough education in biology and chemistry as well as a strong focus on math and other sciences. With a liberal arts base including training in English, speech, history, Bible, and interpersonal skills, PCC students stand out as knowledgeable, articulate, well-rounded communicators.
In a field filled with ethical dilemmas, medical professionals with strong Bible training can be confident and prepared to do right and honor the Lord in their decisions. Because of the biblical emphasis that permeates every class, PCC graduates are respected for their superior ethics and high moral standards as they truly care for their patients with compassion, honesty, and integrity.
Excellent student-teacher ratios provide optimum instruction, encourage professional relationships, and enable faculty to effectively assist students with medical or graduate school admissions.
Many pre-medicine graduates pursue advanced degrees such as MD, DO, PA, MPH, PhD, DC, OD, PharmD, DDS, DMD, and more.
PCC set a solid foundation to start my medical journey. From an academic standpoint, the excellence of PCC’s science department was phenomenal. The transition to medical school was actually quite easy, in contrast to many of my medical school friends from various secular universities, who had difficulty adjusting to a rigorous medical school program. The expectations, instruction, and experience during PCC’s pre-med program are still enabling me to achieve excellence in my medical career. In addition, the training in areas of professionalism, manners, and morals has set me apart from peers throughout medical school, residency, and my continued practice of medicine.
—D. Hall, MD (’03 grad)
Penn State University Hershey Medical Center Urology Resident, PA;
Doctor of Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine
High School Preparation
for medical school demands
much specific high school
preparation. Ideally, the pre-medicine
student should have a good understanding
of the basic physical sciences,
a highly developed ability in mathematics,
and the competence to read
rapidly and with comprehension.
The minimum adequate preparation
includes 2 units of algebra, 1 unit each
of plane geometry, advanced mathematics
(trigonometry and analytical
geometry or precalculus), chemistry,
Students not prepared to enter directly
into the pre-medicine curriculum will
be able to make up certain deficiencies.
In this case, time required to complete
the pre-medicine degree could be
expected to increase.
Recommended Course Sequence
Sophomore Course Sequence