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 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 therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.

I chose Loras’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical 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.

Iowa's only Career-changer
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

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, Experiential 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.



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. Learn more at  



Loras College Student

Loras provides postbaccalaureate premedical students with all the same benefits as Loras science students: laptops and technology assistance, integrated labs, study abroad, athletic and wellness center access, extracurricular and spiritual life opportunities, and much more. Housing is available.



Postbaccalaureate Pre-medical / Pre-health
Program Benefits:

  • Complete the prerequisites for most medical schools in one year (12 months) as a full-time student.
    (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.
  • Committee letter of evaluation for medical school or professional program of choice.
  • MCAT guidance.
  • Opportunity to take a Human Anatomy class using cadavers to prepare for anatomy in medical school.
  • Assistance finding shadowing, research, and other related opportunities.
  • Priority class registration.
  • Financial Aid options available.

Questions? Connect With Us!

Ulrike Schultz, MD, MPH
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Director & Pre-Health Advisor 563.588.7255

Kate Cooper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Thomas Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Adam Moser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

David Oostendorp, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Kristen Stauffer-Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering