Program Highlights

Men and women who want to be medical doctors must have a desire to serve patients, be self-motivated and be able to survive the day-to-day pressures and long hours of study. Physicians also must be willing to learn throughout their career to keep up with advances in medicine. They should have good interpersonal and communication skills, excellent analytical skills, emotional stability and the ability to make decisions in emergencies.

Minimum educational requirements for entry into one of the nation's 141 medical schools, including 18 schools of osteopathic medicine, are four years of college. Required premedical study includes undergraduate work in physics, biology (one year of each including laboratory) and two years of chemistry. Additional course work in English, math and social sciences is also required.

Admission to medical school is extremely competitive. An applicant must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and letters of recommendation. Character, personality, leadership qualities and participation in extracurricular activities are also considered.

Medical school usually takes four years, with the first two spent on the basic sciences and clinical work. The last two years are entirely clinical, as students learn to diagnose and treat illness under the supervision of experienced physicians. There is also a rotation through the various specialties during these last two years. Residency follows medical school and typically lasts three years. Licensing includes three examinations during medical school and residency as well as state licensure examinations. Those who want to specialize can take as long as seven additional years in residency as well as completion of specialty licensing examinations.

Sample Plan of Study

This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different.

Sample Plan of Study
Semester 1 Ecology and Evolution with Lab
General Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Lab I
Calculus I
University Seminar
Critical Reading and Writing I
Semester 2 Diversity of Life with Lab
General Inorganic Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Lab II
Public Speaking
Critical Reading and Writing II
Calculus II
Semester 3 Genetics
Intermediate Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry I
US Cultural Studies
University Physics I
Physics Lab I
Semester 4 Molecular and Cell Biology with Lab
Intermediate Chemistry Lab II
Organic Chemistry II
University Physics II
Physics Lab II
Intro to Sociology
Semester 5 Analysis of Biological Data
Biology Content Category
International Cultures and Structures I
Global Studies
Intro Psychology
Semester 6 Biology Content Category
Biology Elective
Research (optional)
International Cultures and Structures II
US Structural Studies Elective
Semester 7 Biology Content Category
Research (optional)
Senior Seminar
Semester 8 Biology Content Category
Senior Seminar
Historical Studies OR Elective
Fine Arts


Pre-Professional - Pre-Med Major