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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. It's not too late!

"I chose the Loras postbaccalaureate program because of how responsive and helpful the faculty and admission staff were during the application process, and since arriving in Dubuque this support has only increased. I truly feel like I have my own personal team helping me accomplish my goal of getting into medical school. Additionally, coming into this program with an undergraduate degree in business and no science background, I am grateful for the small class sizes at Loras, which has allowed me to get to know my professors well. They are knowledgeable and invested in my success.   –Claire B.

The Loras College Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical/Pre-Health 12-month program is intended for individuals interested in changing their career to healthcare and who require the prerequisite courses to apply to one of the following professional schools: medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical/occupational therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine. 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 in medical/ health care and for a satisfying life. We are interested in people joining our pre-medical 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.

The program is more than the courses you take with dedicated professors; you will be advised and guided by a dedicated pre-health advisor, prepare for the MCAT exam, observe and learn from doctors in hospitals and clinics, and receive a detailed committee letter of evaluation for your professional program of choice. Additional program benefits include:

  • Personal advising from a program director who has a medical degree.
  • 12-month program timeline for medical and dental school, plus most health-related professional schools.
  • Priority class registration, small class sizes, and a beautiful Midwest location.
  • Assistance finding shadowing, research, and other related opportunities.
  • Opportunity to take an anatomy class with human cadavers.
  • Application guidance to health-related professional schools, including personal statement guidance and interviewing practice.
  • Admission test guidance for health-related professional schools.
  • Committee letter of evaluation.
  • Competitive tuition and financial aid options available.

Loras College is pleased to offer an opportunity for prospective Postbac Pre-Med/Pre-Health students to enjoy a casual, one-on-one Zoom conversation with the Program Director to learn more about the curriculum, research opportunities, outcomes, and much more, and get a true sense of what the program is like from an individual you will be working closely with.

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Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“Loras faculty have gone the extra mile to ensure that I have been supported not only during my time at Loras, but during the medical school application process as well!”

Sarah Doverspike
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Med/Pre-Health Program (‘20)

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"The Loras postbaccalaureate premedical program has provided me with a toolbox of resources that I have been able to use to put together a competitive application."

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Collaborative, Experiential 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.

Collaborative, Experiential Learning

"Class sizes are small, and faculty are innovative, supportive teachers - guiding students in collaborative learning."

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Dubuque: Affordable, Nationally Recognized

Housed on a safe, scenic campus nestled high atop the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, Loras College, founded in 1839 is proud to be Iowa’s oldest college. Dubuque is an affordable, civically engaged, nationally recognized city making it a wonderful place to live. Visit

Dubuque: Affordable, Nationally Recognized

"Dubuque is an affordable, civically engaged, nationally recognized city making it a wonderful place to live and learn. "

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Student Benefits

Loras provides Postbac Pre-Med/Pre-Health students with all the same benefits as Loras undergrad science students: laptops and technology assistance, integrated labs, athletic and wellness center access, extracurricular and spiritual life opportunities, and much more. Housing is available.

Student Benefits

"Postbac students receive all the same benefits as Loras undergrad science students. "

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Admission Criteria & Application Checklist
Curriculum Plan

The 12-month curriculum plan below is intended for students interested in pursuing medical school. Coursework for students interested in other health professional schools (dental, veterinary, physician assistant, physical/occupational therapy, etc.) may vary slightly.

An official Loras College transcript will be provided for all  coursework. In addition, the Postbaccalaureate Committee evaluates every student’s work after each term and provides a comprehensive letter of reference for students applying to medical, osteopathic, dental, and other health profession schools.

12 Month Course Curriculum PDF
Frequently Asked Questions

There are generally two types of postbaccalaureate medical programs: career-changer programs and academic record enhancer (grade-enhancer) programs. Our program is a career-changer program designed for students who graduated from college with a major outside of science and need the science prerequisites to apply to medical and other health-related professional schools.

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Program Cost


Detailed program costs as well as housing costs can be found in the Postbac Pre-Med/Pre-Health section of Loras’s Tuition and Fees page.

Financial Aid Information

Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Program students enrolled at least half-time (6 credits per term) are eligible for federal direct loans for one consecutive 12-month period, provided they have not already borrowed the maximum amount allowed*.

The FAFSA is required (, and Loras’s school code is 001873).

The most that Postbac Pre-Med/Pre-Health students can borrow each academic year is $12,500 if one has never borrowed before, and may be less if the student has prior borrowing history. The estimated cost of the entire Postbaccalaureate Pre-Med/Pre-Health Program can range from $22,000 to $26,000 depending upon course selection.

Private loans are also available to students who have met their federal loan limit. More information regarding private loans can be found at:

*The maximum borrowed amount allowed is:
• Dependent undergraduate students: $31,000 (no more than $23,000 of this may be subsidized loans).
• Independent undergraduate students (age 24 or older): $57,500 (no more than $23,000 of this may be subsidized loans).

Loras College Department Staff

Ulrike Schultz, MD, MPH
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Director & Pre-Health Advisor
563.588.7255 |
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Kate Cooper, Ph.D.
Division of Molecular, Life & Health Sciences Chair
Biomedical Sciences Program Director
Professor of Biology
563.588.7956 |
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Thomas Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
563.588.7767 |
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Adam Moser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
563.588.7920 |
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David Oostendorp, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
563.588.7259 |
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Kristen Stauffer-Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering
563.588.7122 |
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Questions? Let’s get in touch.

Ulrike Schultz, MD, MPH
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Program Director & Pre-Health Advisor

Megan Henderson
Loras College Graduate Admissions

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