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Pre-Medical Health Profession

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A strong foundation in the sciences and the research opportunities available at Misericordia University provide an excellent preparation for allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as other health professional programs including dentistry, optometry, physician assistance, and veterinary medicine.  Your faculty advisor will help you transform your interest in a medical career into an individualized path to success.  They will help you to identify the courses to take, the extra-curricular activities in which to participate, and connect you to research opportunities that will put you in the best possible position to achieve your goal.

A successful application to medical, dental, optometry, physician's assistant, or veterinary schools takes careful planning during your undergraduate education. Because many of the classes need to be taken sequentially, planning your coursework must begin as you enroll at Misericordia University. Throughout your years at Misericordia, you should work closely with an advisor who specializes in preparing students for this type of graduate education to ensure that you have the necessary course work and experiences to prepare you to achieve your goal. 

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The requirements for each school varies, but there is a common set of minimum course work necessary for a student to be prepared for graduate education in medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary science.  Each school may have additional course work required beyond this minimum set of courses.  There courses are a component of a student’s Misericordia education, and they are not a major in and of themselves.  Student  may take any major on campus in addition to completing these courses to be prepared for the MCATs and a successful medical school application.  With careful planning, the medical professions preparation coursework, along with the requirements for a major, maybe completed in four years with majors in: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, English, Government, Law, and National Security, History, Mathematics, Medical and Health Humanities, Philosophy, Health Science: Medical Science.  Other majors may require additional semester(s) of study.


Check out this PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Tony Serino, Pre-Med Advisor at Misericordia University, offering advice to students for acing the Medical School Interview.

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Geisinger HELP Volunteer Program

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Geisinger HELP - Hospital Elder Life Program

Learn more about this hands-on learning volunteer opportunity for students interested in the health care field.

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Xavier Medical School Affiliation

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Partnership with Xavier Medical School

We (Misericordia University) are pleased to announce a partnership with Xavier Medical School. Xavier has a record of success with Medical students and this partnership will allow our students to get a quality medical education with a substantial savings. We look forward to a long relationship with this institution. –Dr. Anthony Serino, Pre-medicine Advisor, Misericordia University.

Xavier School of Medicine is located in Aruba and has reputation as a successful allopathic medical school, with an 87% acceptance rate for their student completing their residency within the US. The school offers a significantly lower rate of tuition (with a discount for MU students) and the tuition includes room and board. See Dr. Serino for more details.

Tony Serino


For more information on the pre-medical program at Misericordia, contact Dr. Anthony Serino at