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(pre-professional program)

Why Study Pre-Podiatry?

The pre-podiatry path at Northwest prepares students interested in developing the knowledge and skills to apply to medical school. Podiatry is the medical specialty that treats issues in the foot, ankle and lower leg and works to reduce pain and monitor the healing after injury or surgery.

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Center for Innvoation

With more than 26 labs in the Garrett-Strong Science Building and $3 million invested in state-of-the-art equipment in the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation, students get multiple hands-on experiences to ensure they are prepared for medical school.

Preparation for Medical Programs

Northwest offers pre-professional courses of study which encompass many careers. In most instances, these courses have been compiled with specific requirements of professional schools. Many professional schools require specific procedures in regard to entrance tests, application deadlines and interviews. Thus, students are encouraged to speak with faculty advisors to identify the best path to achieve their goal.

Students interested in attending a medical program should be aware of prerequisites for admission to their intended school. These include minimum coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and classes in our general education curriculum. In addition to these minimum requirements, students should select a major that provides them with enough additional coursework to give them the best possible chance of scoring well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This would include coursework in genetics, microbiology, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and sociology. For this reason, a number of different majors all successfully prepare students to go on to medical school. These include majors such as Comprehensive B.S. in Biology: Biomedical Track, Comprehensive B.S. in Biology: Cell/Molecular Track, B.S. in Chemistry: Biochemistry Emphasis, and B.S. in Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry Emphasis.

In addition to coursework, students intending to apply to medical school will need to gain additional experience shadowing, observing and working in the professional environment or their chosen field. This experience should be gained throughout the student’s undergraduate career.

Articulation Agreements

Northwest has an articulation agreement with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences based on the following requirements:

  • Clinical experience, leadership and service activities
  • Apply after completion of sophomore year at Northwest
  • Complete at least 45 credit hours prior to application
  • Complete 75% of pre-requisite courses
  • 8 semester hours of biology
  • 8 semester hours of chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of physics
  • 6 semester hours of English composition, literature or writing intensive courses
  • A minimum grade of "B" must be achieved in all pre-requisite courses
  • Good disciplinary standing
  • Substantial involvement in community service activities or volunteering
  • Engagement of 50 hours of clinical experience in the medical field (any aspect of medical field, paid or volunteer)
  • If a student is accepted into the Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program through this agreement the student is NOT required to sit for the MCAT!

When a student meets the requirements above, a Northwest academic advisor can recommend them for candidacy to the program. Northwest is granted 2 outstanding student recommendations per year. Once recommended, the student gains an automatic interview to the Osteopathic School of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Additionally, a scholarship is available to any accepted student in the Early Acceptance Program.

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