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-Medicine

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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

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

Scholarships

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

AJV Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: N/A
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; 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: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Robert J. Blok Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in medicine; preference is given to students who have at least one parent of non-Dutch heritage; preference is given to Michigan residents
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program; interest in service to the poor and needy; plan to enter a career in missions or mission related work either within the USA or abroad
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Florence M. and Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med or pre-law program or a degree in engineering or accounting; preference is give to first generation college students
  • automatic consideration
Calvin College/University of Michigan Medical School Partnership Scholarship
  • award amount: 100% of tuition
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.90+ and ACT of 31+ or SAT of 1340+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate a passion to serve God's world through the field of medicine; U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident with 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 of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program
  • demonstrate leadership and involvement in the community through volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bruce and Joanne Deckinga/Compassion International Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing elementary education or a pre-med program; will correspond with a child through Compassion Internationa; preference is given to those who worked on a garbage truck or play the organ
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kathryn De Weerd Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is 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: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy program or other health-care professions; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Mary Dood Medical Services Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; exhibit a spirit of giving and service to others
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
God Has No Border Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • first-year
  • HS GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to major in biology, pre-med with an interest in public health, nursing or teaching biologic sciences; interest in service; preference to applicants from underserved area (national or missionary kid); express an interest in "giving back" through service
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Winifred Haeck Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing biomedical science which could be pursuing a pre-med program or biology, biochemistry, chemistry or biotechnology major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dewey and Marilyn Heetderks Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program; consideration is 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 of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; 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 of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in the medical field; demonstrate a caring attitude; interested in missions and life of Christian service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Lee S. Huizenga Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med or pre-ministry program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; physics major or pursuing a pre-dentistry or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Meeuwsen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,550
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Nursing Legacy Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; accepted into the nursing program; first preference is given to a graduate of Rehoboth Chr School; second preference is given to an ethnic minority student; special consideration is given to students desiring to provide nursing care to the Rehoboth community upon graduation or to work as a nurse ministering to the underserved
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mike and Bette Oostendorp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-med; participation in volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Johannes and Charlotte Moss Plekker Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing either a pre-med or chemical engineering program
  • automatic consideration
Jack and Kris Ponstine Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an education degree; participate in one or more Calvin College music groups
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pool Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate strong Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul and Thelma Schutt Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate a strong Christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • 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: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in pre-med or pre-dentistry; demonstrate involvement in community or extracurricular college activities; volunteering in the medical community here or abroad is also considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; majoring or planning to major in a helping profession such as a social worker, teacher, pastor, nurse, or doctor; fluent in Spanish; first preference is given to north American ethnic minorities, with special preference to Hispanic students; preference is also given to first or second generation 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: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in the health professions; preference is given to those with an interest in medical missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Corwin G. and Ina June VanderVeer Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate a strong Christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Glenn VanDommelen Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Raymond and Florence Van Heuvelen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-medical/medical research program or majoring in one of the sciences; preference is given to graduates of Holland Chr HS (Holland, MI)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Victor VerMeulen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; potential for Christian service in medicine
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Watts Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is required; planning on a career in nursing or medicine (pre-med); ethnic minority; preference is given to students from southern California
  • automatic consideration
Dr. Morris Wilderom Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program; motivation, Christian character, ability to contribute to the profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,700
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in one of the health care professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, etc; demonstrate an interest in an understanding of Christian ethics and health care
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

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

Eric Arnoys

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

David Benson

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

Ronald Blankespoor

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

Randall DeJong

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

Roger DeKock

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

David Dornbos

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

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 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 of Biology, department chair
Department chair
Department of Biology
DH 101
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

David Koetje

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

Larry Louters

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

Mark Muyskens

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

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
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
DH 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

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

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
DH 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

Rich Nyhof Rich Nyhof
Program Director
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

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