First premedical ‘career changer’ program in Iowa
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a private, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, announces the launch and is accepting applications for its one-year, postbaccalaureate premedical program that provides the needed coursework commonly required for entrance to medical schools. Individuals can apply starting mid-January.
“Our program is much more than required courses,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “Students will be advised and guided by a dedicated premedical advisor, strategically prepared for the MCAT exam, observe and learn from doctors in hospitals and clinics, and receive a detailed committee letter of recommendation for medical school.”
The Loras premedical program is designed for people who have completed a bachelor’s degree but do not have the prerequisite courses to apply to one of the following professional schools: medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.
“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,” said Kate Cooper, Ph.D., director of the program and associate professor of biology.
Cooper and a team of faculty will create an individualized timeline for each student to reach their overall goal. Students enrolled in the Loras postbaccalaureate premedical program will benefit from access to a premedical advisor and the accompanying guidance they provide to students in selecting courses, preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), seeking research, clinical, and volunteer opportunities, and navigating the often complicated primary and secondary application processes.
Other distinctive features of Loras’ postbaccalaureate premedical program include:
- Annotated transcript developed and expanded by the premed 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 class using cadavers to prepare for anatomy in medical school
- Assistance finding shadowing, research, and other related opportunities
Financial aid opportunities are available to those who qualify.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.