Pre Medicine Program


The  Pre Medicine program at Parkside is designed to teach you  the necessary academic and professional requirements to help you become a competitive candidate for professional medical school.  We offer exceptional learning opportunities in a small class setting which helps with your success. Our acceptance rate into medical school is over twice the national average at 90%. 


Parkside's pre-med program provides you with educational opportunities from a more traditional allopathic medical philosophy (Pre Medicine, MD) or from an osteopathic or "whole person" approach (Pre Osteopathic, OD). 

Medicine has been described as both an art and a science. The Pre-health programs at UW-Parkside reflect this dual perspective. With the assistance of advisors, the program is customized for your individual talents and intellectual curiosity. There are several major options to select from, some of the more popular being Applied Health Sciences, Biological Sciences and Chemistry.

Graduates are very well prepared as demonstrated by the high success rate of UW-Parkside graduates in admission to professional schools. This success is due in part to a well-developed program of advising, which includes course selection, admission test preparation, application assistance, and practice interviews.

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*National Average 41.1%

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges 10/18/2022


Medical Schools Parkside Students Attended

Doctor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University
Ohio State
Penn State
Medical College of Wisconsin

Doctor of Osteopathic

AT Still-Arizona
Michigan State
De Moines

Source: Dr. Bryan Lewis, Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences; Director, Center for Health Sciences and Pre-Health Programs 2001-2023 acceptance rates information, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Below is a list of common science and math prerequisite courses that are required by most medical school programs (MD and OD)

General Biology | BIOS 101 and 102 | 8 credits | 1 year

General Chemistry | CHEM 101 and 102 | 10 credits | 1 year

Organic Chemistry | CHEM 321, 322, and 323 |11 credits | 1 year

Physics | PHYS 105 and 106 |10 credits | 1 year

Biochemistry | BIOS 307 | 3 credits

Psychology | PSYC 101 | 3 credits | 1 semester 

Sociology  | SOCA 101 | 3 credits | 1 semester

Other classes you may want to consider taking as electives to help to prepare you for Medical School 

Anatomy | BIOS 300 | 4 credits

Physiology | BIOS 341 | 3 credits

Microbiology | BIOS 303  | 4 credits

Neuroscience | BIOS 420 | 3 credits

Molecular Biology | BIOS 309 | 3 credits

The most common majors that students choose to complete their pre-medicine/pre-osteopathic medicine education are:


Some of the ways we help while you pursue success in the Pre Medicine program (MD and OD)

  • Assistance obtaining shadowing and internship experiences with local physicians and healthcare providers
  • Help choosing the correct career pathway 
  • Experience to gain acceptance into Medical School
  • Guidance in preparing for the Medical College Placement Test (MCAT) that is required to gain admissions into any Medical School in the US.  (You will not be charged any money to receive this preparation, but it will cost you time and effort!)

Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program 

Students within the Pre-Medical program at Parkside have the opportunity to apply for the RUSCH program in collaboration with the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

This competitive application based two year program provides selected students with the opportunity to:

  1. Conduct research with clinical faculty at the Medical School at UW-Madison
  2. Gain community-based health-related experiences
  3. Have access and mentoring from both the Admissions staff at the Medical School at UW-Madison and specialized programming and mentoring at Parkside.

Please speak with your advisor for more information about this program.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has UW quality with a 90% acceptance rate into medical school, yet is the least expensive in the system. This value will take you into medical school and beyond!

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