Health Professions FAQs
These are some of the most common questions posed by students interested in Pre-Health Professions.
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What is the overall acceptance rate to medical and dental schools?
Among students who have studied at Wheaton College, the overall acceptance rate to medical and dental schools including first and subsequent attempts was approximately 74.8% for the 21 year period from 1993 to 2014.
The past application cycle (2016-2017) to medical school, graduating seniors had a 91% acceptance rate. For the past two years, all Wheaton students who applied to dental school were accepted.
- Nationally, 49,669 students applied to allopathic (MD) medical schools for the 2017 entering class. The acceptance rate nationally is 39.8%. The Wheaton College average is significantly higher.
- The average GPA and MCAT score for Wheaton College’s accepted class to medical school in 2017 is 3.7 SCI GPA, 3.8 CUM GPA and 512 (88th percentile) on the MCAT. Non-accepted students had an average SCI GPA of 3.3, CUM GPA of 3.42 and 507 (76th percentile) on the MCAT.
- It is important to keep in mind that admissions decisions are not made solely on the basis of GPA and MCAT scores. A variety of factors are considered for admissions. For more information on the Holistic Review process occurring during the medical school admissions process please see the AAMC web site and AACOM College Information Book.
How many Wheaton students apply to medical and dental schools annually?
During the recent application cycles of the last several years (2011-2017), our Pre-Health Professions program offered assistance and support services to students and alumni applying to graduate programs. The average number of applicants to allopathic medical schools annually was 46 (range: 40-56); to osteopathic medical schools 13 (range: 5-20); and to dental schools 3 (range 1-5).
What are common majors chosen by pre-health professions students?
Common majors for students interested in pursuing a health career are Biology, Applied Health Science, Chemistry, Psychology, and Spanish. However, students are encouraged to pursue a discipline that is of significant interest to them personally. Students studying Bible and Theology as well as Mathematics and Business have gained entrance to health professions schools.
What must future applicants to medical schools know?
Students should be aware of the changes in preparation for medical school and in the criteria for admission to medical school. Pre-requisite courses for sitting the new MCAT and changing admissions requirements are listed in the College Catalog. Admissions Initiatives from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC >>) include MCAT 2015 (competency-based), Holistic Review, and Competency-Based Admissions (CBA). Holistic Review includes a review of the applicant's experiences, attributes, and academic metrics. CBA refers to a set of core competencies which students entering medical school should be able to demonstrate. Competencies and attributes for future nurse leaders have been established as well. The Pre-Health Professions program at Wheaton is available to serve students wishing to pursue a Health Profession of choice.
International Students Intending to Study Medicine – Important Information
It is not uncommon for an international student to be interested in medical education in the United States. Even after completing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US school it can be challenging to gain acceptance to a US medical school for a couple of reasons. One primary challenge is financing your education. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal aid, therefore the burden of providing evidence of the ability to pay rests solely upon the student. Additionally, not all medical schools accept applications from international students.
More information about the schools and programs that accept international students can be found by accessing the following resources:
- Allopathic Medical Schools (AAMC – Medical School Admissions Requirements and AAMC – Applying as an International Applicant)
- Osteopathic Medical Schools (AACOM – College Information Book Online)
- Dental Schools (ADEA – GoDental Resource)