It's not too late to become a doctor

Some extremely bright and talented people finish their undergraduate degrees with majors in something outside of science and may even work for a few years before they finally recognize their inner calling to become a medical doctor. If you recognize yourself in that statement it is not too late to realize your dream!

The Loras College Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program offers a 12-month intensive program to complete the classes commonly required for entrance to medical schools. The program is more than the courses you take with dedicated professors; in this intensive program you will be advised and guided by a dedicated pre-health advisor, intensely prepare for the MCAT exam, observe and learn from doctors in hospitals and clinics, and receive a detailed committee letter of recommendation for medical school.

Loras College has a rich liberal arts tradition and a strong history of educating students for various health care professions. We strive to develop active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers, and responsible contributors - all key attributes for success in your chosen career of medicine and for a satisfying life. We are interested in people joining our premedical program for whom medicine will not be just a job, but rather the vocation they are choosing to use their talents to best serve humanity.

Collaborative Learning

Class sizes are small, and faculty are innovative, supportive teachers - guiding students in collaborative learning. All classes and laboratory sections are taught by professors with PhDs, not teaching assistants. Faculty lead research groups and incorporate new research developments into their classes.

Safe, Affordable Housing

Housed on a safe, scenic campus nestled high atop the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, Loras College was founded in 1839 and is proud to be Iowa's oldest college. Dubuque has received many awards and has been recognized locally and nationally for its livability and beauty. Housing is affordable and available close to campus.

Loras College Student Benefits

Loras College provides postbaccalaureate premedical students with all the normal benefits provided to Loras science students: laptops and technology assistance, integrated labs, access to athletic and wellness center access, extracurricular opportunities, spiritual life and worship opportunities, and much more.

Postbaccalaureate Premedical
Program Benefits:

  • Complete the prerequisites for most medical schools in one year (12 months).
    (Alternatively, work with the Program Director to design an individualized plan to complete prerequisite courses in the time frame that works for you.)
  • Personal advising from the Program Director and faculty teaching in the program.
  • Annotated transcript developed and expanded by the prehealth committee at the end of every semester.
  • Committee letter of evaluation for medical school or professional program of choice.
  • MCAT study assistance and practice exams.
  • Opportunity to take a Human Anatomy with cadavers class to prepare for anatomy in medical school.
  • Assistance finding shadowing, research, and other related opportunities.
  • Priority class registration.

Questions? Connect With Us!

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Faculty
Kate Cooper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

563.588.7956 |

Thomas Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

563.588.7767 |

Adam Moser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

563.588.7920 |

David Oostendorp, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

563.588.7259 |

Fred Schnee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

563.588.7247 |

David Speckhard, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

563.588.7133 |

Kristen Stauffer-Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering

563.588.7122 |