Westminster College provides guidance and education for students interested in healthcare careers. Students who plan to attend medical or other professional school in the health sciences pursue a standard disciplinary or interdisciplinary major, along with challenging electives outside the major. Students interested in medicine often major in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, or physics. Professional schools seek students who are broadly educated in the liberal arts with strong critical-thinking and communication skills. These skills are nurtured and developed at Westminster, which has resulted in an 85 percent acceptance rate for students applying into professional schools over the last six years. The curriculum effectively educates through in-depth study, applied use of technology, and experiential learning. Recognizing that each career goal requires a different academic path, each student receives individual attention. Students are advised by the Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MedPAC). This guidance begins early on so students can make decisions about their academic course of study as it connects to career goals. MedPAC invites guest speakers, helps with letters of recommendation, and serves as an overall support network for students pursuing health sciences post-degree study.
Westminster College and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) partner in an affiliation program whereby participating students complete the four-year Westminster degree and then are directly admitted to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for four years of medical school. In this eight-year program, students earn both the bachelor’s degree and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Students apply to the WC-LECOM physician affiliation program either as a high school senior, or at any time prior to the completion of their second year at Westminster.
For more information on pre-medical or other pre-health studies, or the WC-LECOM affiliation (including qualifications, requirements, and application information) contact Dr. Marosh Furimsky, Chair of MedPAC.