Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Regardless of the specialty area in which you are interested, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.

Overview

As a pre-med student at Calvin, you'll have the flexibility to pursue any major as you complete the courses required for medical school. These classes include a range of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics courses. You will also meet regularly with the pre-med faculty advisor to plan your path to medical school. Take advantage of a growing number of opportunities in the Grand Rapids' area to gain clinical experience in medicine before you apply to med school.

Careers in Pre-Medical

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgeon
  • Family Practice
  • More

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Student involvement

Pre-medical club; work on ecosystem restoration projects; volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments.

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By the numbers

9.0-10.0
The average MCAT score of Calvin students
3
Faculty who taught in medical schools
200
Pre-medical and pre-dental students at Calvin

Course Requirements 2013-14

Pre-Medicine

Students planning to apply to medical or dental schools should consult R. Nyhof of the Biology department, faculty advisor for the pre-medical and pre-dental programs. Students should also note the general college core requirements listed under the core curriculum. For basic information regarding timelines, requirements, etc., Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental students should consult the Pre-Med/Dental website, using the A-Z index on Calvin?s home page.

A student may select any major concentration and still meet the entrance requirements for all medical and dental schools. However, nationwide the majority of the applicants to medical and dental schools are science majors.

For those students not majoring in biology, the minimum science requirements for entrance into nearly all medical or dental schools are met by the following:

  • Three courses in Biology (which should be selected in consultation with the pre-medical advisor)
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-303 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or CHEM-323 Biochemistry I is required by some schools
  • PHYS-221 and PHYS-222 General Physics (or equivalent)
  • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (recommended)
  • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (recommended)
  • A two semester calculus sequence, MATH-171 and MATH-172 (previously 161-162), is required by very few schools.

Because of the changes in the Biology department core curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL-331 Comparative Animal and Human Physiology or BIOL-206 Human Physiology to better prepare them for MCATs and DATs.

Because a few schools have unique requirements, students should consult with R.Nyhof to determine specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students normally take their Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year and should apply for admission to medical or dental schools during the early summer prior to their senior year.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

AJV Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; strong Christian character, desire to model Christ in their work as a nurse and medical professional; interest in mentoring relationship with the donor
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Stephen P. Beals Family Scholarship
  • amount of award: $2,600
  • junior or senior pursuing a pre-medicine program
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Robert J. Blok Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; pursuing a career in medicine
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need considered; interest in service to the poor and needy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Calvin College/University of Michigan Medical School Partnership Scholarship
  • award amount: 100% of tuition
  • first-year
  • HS GPA of 3.9+ and ACT of 31+ or SAT of 1340+
  • US citizen or lawful permanent resident; demonstrate a passion to serve God's world through the field of medicine; preference given to underrepresented North American students
  • complete the Medical School Partnership application
Dr. Karen A. Cooper and Dr. Clifford S. Cho Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need considered; demonstrate leadership and involvement in the community through volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bruce and Joanne Deckinga/Compassion International Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing elementary education or a pre-med program
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students who worked on a garbage truck or play the organ
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kathryn De Weerd Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; planning to pursue a career in chiropractic or osteopathic medicine or physical therapy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • good academic record
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Mary Dood Medical Services Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.30+
  • financial need considered; serving spirit
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
God Has No Border Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; interest in service; preference to applicants from underserved area (national or missionary kid)
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid describing your qualifications by February 1
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Winifred Haeck Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing biomedical science
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dewey and Marilyn Heetderks Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need considered; consideration given to Christian commitment and interest in medical missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Roger A. and Bradley J. Hoekstra Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interested in missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Lee S. Huizenga Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interest in missions or service work
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or physics
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Meeuwsen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mike and Bette Oostendorp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; participation in volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jack and Kris Ponstine Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; must participate in one or more Calvin College music groups; preference given to graduates of Calvin Christian HS (Grandville, MI) or Grand Rapids Christian HS (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pool Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need required; strong Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul and Thelma Schutt Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; Christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of Holland Christian HS, David Glasgow Farragut HS, or Montgomery County Public HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peter V. Tigchelaar Pre-Medical/Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need required; involvement in community or extracurricular college activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • first-year
  • financial need required; speak Spanish fluently; preference to Hispanic students
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Joseph and Ralph Gelmer Vander Laan Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • good academic record
  • financial need required; interest in medical missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Corwin G. and Ina June VanderVeer Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need not required; christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Glenn VanDommelen Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Victor VerMeulen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Watts Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; ethnic minority; preference given to students from Southern California
  • automatic consideration
Dr. Morris Wilderom Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; motivation, Christian character, ability to contribute to the profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in a health care profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn Anderson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 335
cea3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6343

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

David Dornbos

David Dornbos
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 205
dld9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8578

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

Arlene Hoogewerf

Arlene Hoogewerf
Professor
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

Larry Louters
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 223
lout@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6493

Mark Muyskens

Mark Muyskens
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 305
muym@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6269

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

Chad Tatko
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 307
cdt2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7584

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

John Ubels

John Ubels
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 213
jubels@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6219

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Talk to us

Arlene Hoogewerf Arlene Hoogewerf
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

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