Pre-Professional Health

Undergraduate

Program Details

The Pre-Professional Health program at Xavier prepares students for acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary or other graduate health professions programs. Students are advised to declare a major that they perform well in but that also prepares them for their respective choice of graduate school program. Xavier provides the solid support and personal attention students need, from academic advising and peer mentoring to MCAT preparation.

For 2019, a record 92 percent of Xavier graduates who applied to medical school were accepted.

Curriculum

First Year

  • Explore health careers
  • Visit your pre-professional advisor
  • Join the Xavier Pre-Med Society Club

Sophomore Year

  • Research admittance requirements for medical school
  • Plan your MCAT preparation schedule
  • Participate in research

Junior Year

  • Mock interview with the Health Sciences Committee
  • Take the MCAT
  • Submit medical school applications

Senior Year

  • Gather your letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the medical schools
  • Decide which school to attend

Early Acceptance

The Early Acceptance Program is designed to facilitate the admission of Xavier students into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). This means that as an undergraduate student, you can be enrolled simultaneously at both Xavier and LECOM. Each academic year, up to five students will be accepted from high school into the Early Admission Program by LECOM and Xavier University. 

LECOM Early Acceptance Program Details

Student Clubs

Pre-Med Student Association

The Pre-Med Student Association is a club for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The club works to unite, educate and empower future health professionals by bringing in speakers and providing information about careers and insight from upperclassmen. There is also a Pre-Dental Society for students planning a career in dentistry.

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Additionally, Xavier students have a 92% acceptance rate to medical schools (Class of 2019), compared to 40% nationally. 

Top Jobs: Physician, Registered Nurse, Radiologic Technologist, Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator, Patient Representative

Top Companies: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, Mercy Health, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, TriHealth, Anthem

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Early Acceptance to Medical School

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Through our early acceptance program, students can be enrolled in medical school while completing their undergraduate degree. The program is designed to facilitate the admission of Xavier students into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM); this means that as an undergraduate, you can be enrolled simultaneously at both Xavier and LECOM.


LECOM Early Acceptance Program

Pre-Professional Health Advising

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Under the guidance of a pre-professional health advisor and a Health Sciences Committee of science faculty, students get help with course selection, time management tips, information on individual medical schools, MCAT preparation advice, letters of recommendation and mock admission interviews as they prepare for admission to medical, dental and other professional graduate health programs.


Pre-Professional Health Advising

Success After Graduation

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Xavier graduates practice in a range of fields of medicine, professional health care and other related careers. They go on to study at prestigious health schools like Boston University School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Duke University and Northwestern University.


Alumni Outcomes

PRE-HEALTH ADVISING LEADS TO 92% MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE

As director of Pre-Professional Health Advising, Kara Rettig-Pfingstag dedicates her days to helping an estimated 400 students each year follow their dreams into different health fields. Her dedication has proven especially helpful for students entering the medical field. Just this past year, 92 percent of Xavier students who applied to both traditional allopathic and osteopathic medical school were accepted—the highest rate of acceptance for Xavier students in recent years and far better than the national average of 40 to 45 percent.

Graduate With Honors

Are you looking for an academic challenge? The University Scholars Honors Program offers incoming students a more challenging curriculum and close support from professors while completing their undergraduate degree. Acceptance into the program is highly selective and includes a $2000 travel grant.

University Scholars Honors Program Details

Pre-Professional Health Major at Xavier University

The Pre-Professional Health program at Xavier prepares students for acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary or other graduate health professions programs. Students are advised to declare a major that they perform well in but that also prepares them for their respective graduate school program. Xavier provides the solid support and personal attention students need, from academic advising to peer mentoring and MCAT preparation. For 2019, a record 92 percent of Xavier graduates who applied to medical school were accepted.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."