ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Premedical/Prehealth at Goucher?
The Premedical/Prehealth Program at Goucher provides the comprehensive coursework and scientific background necessary for professional and graduate school in the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, physician assistant, doctorate in pharmacy and doctorate in physical therapy. At Goucher we value the academic discipline and problem-solving skills necessary for careers that require lifelong learning.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
You can apply to medical school with almost any major, as long as you meet the minimum requirements. However, medical schools do expect applicants to perform extremely well in science courses. The smaller the number of science courses, the more weight that each individual science course carries.
Many students interested in medicine major in the sciences because of their intellectual curiosity in this area, and the course requirements for medical school align well with a biology or chemistry major. Nationwide, approximately 60% of people in medical schools have biology degrees, 25-30% have chemistry or engineering degrees, and the remaining 10-15% have humanities and social sciences degrees.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Goucher successfully places our students into professional schools at rates two or three times the national average. After graduation, many attend top medical schools such as University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Penn State College of Medicine, and Temple University School of Medicine. Others embark on successful careers in a broad range of specializations.
Faculty & Staff
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Prehealth (Premed, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, Pre-Physical Therapy, other allied health): Marisa Sanders and Betsy Merideth
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield, Associate Professor of Chemistry: organic chemistry
Sasha Dukan, Professor of Physics: theoretical condensed matter physics
Jay Garaycochea, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
George Greco, Professor of Chemistry: organic, inorganic, and medicinal chemistry
Mark Hiller, Associate Professor of Biology: genetics and molecular biology
Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biology: microbiology and symbiosis
Cynthia Kicklighter, Associate Professor of Biology: ecology and marine biology
Jenny Lenkowski, Assistant Professor of Biology: developmental biology and neurobiology
Judith R. Levine, Professor of Biology and Chemistry: biochemistry and molecular biology
Kevin Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry: organic chemistry
Rodney Yoder, Associate Professor of Physics
Gizelle Simpson, Instructional Staff
Jaired Tate, Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher students in the Premedical/Prehealth Studies Program gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Early Acceptance Program
Goucher College has an affiliation agreement with Lake Erie College of Ostepathic Medicine (LECOM) that provides early acceptance to LECOM's College of Medicine, School of Dentistry, or School of Pharmacy. Students can apply to the early acceptance program before matriculating at Goucher, or within their first two years. Please refer to the LECOM Articulation Agreement Summary on the right side of this page for more information.
Extracurricular field experience complements the knowledge you're acquiring in class, keeps you inspired, and strengthens your professional school application. As a matter of fact, successful candidates to professional schools always have at least 100 hours of volunteer and internship experience in the areas they wish to pursue. That's why Goucher affords you abundant opportunities to get it.
For premedical students, our location just outside of Baltimore puts us in close proximity to some of the most outstanding hospitals and clinics in the nation, and we've developed long, fruitful relationships with nearly all of them.
For those students interested in dentistry, we encourage them to apply to the University of Maryland Dental School's summer program, Dentistry Today.
Students interested in veterinary medicine have worked in a wide variety of veterinary practices in the Baltimore area.
For more information on internships, careers, and other opportunities, please see the student resources page.