Prepare for a life-changing career in healthcare.

Discover a pre-med program that will effectively prepare you for advanced degrees in the medical field. Whether you are interested in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy—or anything in between—you will graduate prepared to find success in the next step of your professional life.

Bethany’s pre-med program provides a variety of courses across disciplines that offer a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and English. Pre-med students can choose any major as long as they complete the admission requirements for their graduate/medical program of interest—including taking the appropriate qualifying exam such as the DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT, or PCAT.

In addition to coursework, pre-med students have the opportunity to engage in extracurriculars outside of the classroom. Students participate in the Pre-Health Professions Club, complete shadowing opportunities, practice for various graduate admission entrance exams, and experience medical mission work.

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Areas of Study

  • Pre-Med (Pre-Professional Program)

Why Bethany

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Careers in Pre-Med

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Chemist
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Device Liaison
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Scientist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Sonographer
  • Surgeon

Meet the Faculty

Anna Edlund

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair


Post Doctorate, University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Swarthmore College
484-894-6454
aedlund@bethanywv.edu

Scott M. Brothers

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Ph.D., Texas A&M University
B.S., Wheeling Jesuit University
304-829-7751
sbrothers@bethanywv.edu

William T. Hicks

Professor of Biology


Ph.D., Oregon State University
M.S., Miami University, Ohio
B.S., Bloomsburg University
304-829-7642
whicks@bethanywv.edu

Lisa M. Reilly

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical and Computational Sciences


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
B.S., Mercyhurst University
304-829-7244
lreilly@bethanywv.edu

Pre-Med Courses

Bethany’s pre-med program provides a variety of courses that will prepare you for qualifying exams, graduate/medical school, and a successful career in the healthcare field. To ensure an optimized course schedule, plan to consult early in your first year with the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

Your courses may include:

  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
    Explores theoretical chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry. The laboratories provide students with experience in basic laboratory manipulations, problem solving, and testing of hypotheses. Lectures and laboratories meet for 6 hours per week.
  • BIOL 100 Modern Concepts in Life Science
    Introduces modern concepts of cell biology, metabolism, photosynthesis, nutrition, reproduction, heredity, evolution, behavior, and ecology.
  • MATH 201 Calculus
    Studies the real number system, equations of a line, functions, limits, continuity, and techniques of differentiation and integration applied to maximum and minimum problems and to related rates. The course includes four hours of class and one laboratory session each week.
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I
    Provides a survey of organic functional groups and the fundamentals of organic chemistry. The laboratory includes basic laboratory techniques for separation, purification, reaction, and analysis.
  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II
    Includes more in-depth study of mechanisms, organic synthesis, and analysis. Laboratory work consists largely of organic preparations and identification of unknown compounds.

Internship Opportunities

Completing an internship as a pre-med student allows you to gain practical experience in the healthcare industry. A pre-med internship could involve anything from researching the human brain to completing clerical tasks in a hospital.

Curious what types of internships are out there for pre-med majors? Check out some examples.

  • Brain Science Intern
  • Cancer treatment organization intern
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Clinical Lab Intern
  • Environmental Health Intern
  • Healthcare Administration Intern
  • Medical Scribe
  • Nonprofit Healthcare Organization Intern
  • Pharmacology Intern
  • Physician Assistant Shadowing Intern
  • Policy Intern
  • Sports Medicine Intern
  • Undergraduate Research Fellow