Pre-Medical Program at St. Andrews
The St. Andrews Difference
Pre-Medical (or Pre-Med for short) is not defined as a separate field of study, nor is it restricted to a single, specific major at St. Andrews. Specifically, St. Andrews, like many other colleges, does not offer a pre-medical major but instead offers a pre-medical program. The distinction between the two approaches is that studying only pre-med can be too restrictive. There are numerous career options available for students interested in pursuing careers in health care. You might consider eventually studying medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, or physician assisting among other fields. Depending on your interests, you might choose different paths of study while at St. Andrews. We urge our students who are interested in health care to choose a major based on an area that also interests them. As a future medical professional you need to possess a diverse educational background so that you can bring a variety of talents and interests to the profession of your choice. You may choose any major course of study but should be aware that medical schools are looking for students with a strong foundation in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. The pre-med advisor, in conjunction with your academic advisor and other faculty members, will work closely with you to make sure that you have the best chance of being accepted into a graduate program after completing a degree from St. Andrews.