Preparing for the Health Professions at Kalamazoo College

Students preparing for entrance to graduate training in the health professions can major in any academic department as long as they fulfill the pre-requisites for the graduate program. It is important to note that medical schools do not discriminate against non-science majors.

Students preparing for a health profession at K can use the following curriculum as a general guideline but must pay close attention to pre-requisites specific for each profession. In addition, you must work closely with your academic advisor to make sure you are fulfilling requirements for graduation and for your major.


First Year

  • BIOL 112
  • BIOL 123
  • CHEM 110
  • CHEM 120 or 125
  • MATH 112 (or 110 AND 111)

Second Year

  • BIOL 246
  • CHEM 210 (can be taken first year)
  • CHEM 220
  • PHYS 150
  • PHYS 152

Upper Level Coursework

Note: varies with program; consult catalog or curriculum guide

  • BIOL/CHEM 352
  • BIOL 322
  • BIOL 370


Additional coursework should be taken before taking the MCAT as follows:

  • ANSO 103
  • BIOL/CHEM 352
  • MATH 260 OR 261
  • PHIL 105 or 305
  • PSYC 101

Healthcare Experience and Community Service

Recent (post high school) demonstrated interest in whatever profession you are preparing for is an absolute requirement for admission. Your desire to “help others” is lived out through community service.

Community and Global Health Concentration

The Community and Global Health Concentration is not a “pre-med” concentration. Rather, it offers a broad, multidisciplinary perspective of the biological, social, cultural and political determinants of health. It prepares students, as global citizens, to recognize the spectrum of contemporary global health issues and exercise intellectual and practical skills in response. It will also be of interest to students planning careers in public health or human, dental or veterinary medicine. See the academic catalog for details.

Health Professions at K Communication and Contacts

Emailing list and Website

To receive important announcements and information about upcoming events, put yourself on the Careers in Health emailing list by sending an email to, “like” the Health Professions Facebook page, and follow the Twitter feed.

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30 am-noon
Schedule an appointment with Jessica via Handshake
Or contact Jessica Fowle at

Professor Do’s and Don’ts

Keep in mind that you will need letters of evaluation from your professors at a later time.


Be engaged in class; ask questions; contribute to discussions; show interest. Science and medicine are multidisciplinary and the best clinicians and researchers have deep conceptual understandings of multiple disciplines and are able to make connections between them. That is the strength of a liberal arts education and that is what we’re all about at K.

Take a prof to lunch! If you are on a meal plan, you can “host” a faculty member for lunch in Hicks. Call the Provost’s office, 269.337.7162 for details.

Professional Qualities for Admission

Below are qualities professional programs will assess when considering you for admission. Be mindful of these as you begin your professional career preparation.

Academic Performance and Intellectual Ability

  • INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY AND RETENTION: Ability to integrate and work with a large quantity of information and the ability to remember.
  • INTELLECTUAL KEENNESS AND DEPTH: Ability to quickly grasp, analyze and understand complex material and concepts.
  • ORIGINALITY AND IMAGINATION: Ability to envision and define new perspectives, arrangements, approaches.
  • RESOURCEFULNESS: Ability to manage resources already at hand, and to develop and manage new resources.

Motivation for the Profession

    1. The study and application of science
    2. Interacting and working with others
    3. Providing service and assistance to others
    4. The specific functions and activities of health delivery.
  • INDUSTRY: Application, energy perseverance, stamina and endurance.

Interpersonal Skills

  • INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS: Ability to work with and get along with others, rapport, cooperation, attitudes toward supervision.
  • EMPATHY: Sensitivity to the needs of others, consideration and tact.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Clarity of expression and articulation in oral and written communications.


  • MATURITY AND EMOTIONAL STABILITY: Personal development, ability to cope with life situations, performance under pressure, mood stability, consistency in ability to relate to others.
  • JUDGMENT: Ability to analyze an operational problem with common sense and decisiveness.
  • SELF-CONFIDENCE: Assuredness, capacity to achieve with awareness of own strengths and weaknesses.
  • INDEPENDENCE: Ability to act autonomously with productivity and comfort.
  • MORAL CHARACTER: Personal integrity and honesty.
  • DEPENDABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY: Reliability, promptness, conscientiousness.

The qualities above were adapted, with permission, from the University of Wisconsin Medical School’s secondary application.