Pre-Health Sciences Program

About the Pre-Medicine Program

Drury University has excellent programs for students interested in allopathic medicine (M.D.) and osteopathic medicine (D.O.). Both types of medical schools require applicants to take the MCAT.

The time required to graduate from medical school is the same. Both types of medical students are eligible for the same internships and residencies. Unlike a traditional allopathic doctor, osteopathic doctors are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and have a holistic approach to training. Requirements beyond core classes include: BIOL 320: Vertebrate Physiology, BIOL 322: Advanced Genetics, CHEM 336: Biochemistry, and CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry.

Drury University offers four pre-medical scholars programs for incoming freshmen with high academic credentials. St. Louis University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and the University of Missouri have partnered with DU to offer early acceptance into their medical schools conditional upon academics performance. These partnerships allow students to focus solely on their undergraduate education and alleviates the pressure of taking the MCAT. The pre-medical scholars programs eligibility requirements vary from school to school.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 415/415L: Advanced Organic Chemistry
PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
BIOL 322: Genetics
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 436 or BIOL 324: Adv. Biochemistry or Cell
BIOL 378/379: Adv. Human Physiology I&II

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Additional requirements:
In addition and in order to remain competitive with other medical school applicants, Drury requires that students take a minimum of two upper-level elective courses in the area of their major during their senior year.

The following courses are strongly suggested for science majors:
BIOL 316: Comparative Anatomy
BIOL 333: Histology
BIOL 356: Biopsychology

Related Links:
Recommended Course Progression (pdf)