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Pre-Med and Pre-Health Guide for the MCB Student

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Pre-Health FAQs: COVID-19 impact on pre-reqs and the 2021 admissions cycle.

How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the upcoming application cycle? Most schools and application systems have agreed to accept prequisite coursework taken online or for Credit/No Credit, if taken during the pandemic. Most are accepting standardized tests taken through the end of this year and have delayed their interview cycle by 2 to 6 weeks. Most interviews are being conducted virtually. Be sure to follow your application system on social media for the most up to date information! Check out this collection of resources from application systems and, in some cases, review lists of schools/programs and their decisions regarding C/NC or online coursework.

MCB as Major for Prehealth Students

MCB is an excellent choice for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and other pre-health career students. The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign ranks 4th in the Top 20 Best Pre Med Colleges according to online college plan. Learn more about our curriculum and how it prepares students for pre-health careers in MCB Magazine, Volume 4. Our curriculum is proven to successfully prepare students for health related careers including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Data from 2013 shows that more MCB students were accepted to medical school than any other major on the Illinois campus. Among the many opportunities we offer to our pre-health students is the MCB Pre-Health and Professional Mentorship Program.


Virtual volunteer opportunities!
Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres has assembled a a list of recommended virtual volunteering opportunities for pre-health students while we are under safety restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic.

Partial list of medical schools our graduates have attended
(2016 to 2020)

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  • University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Rush Medical College
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • University of Chicago - Pritzker
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • UT Southwestern
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • California University of Science and Medicine
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California San Francisco

Medical Volunteering

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Carle Foundation Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

OSF Healthcare Volunteer Opportunities

Avicenna Commmunity Health Center Volunteering

Thinking of participating in a medical mission trip abroad? Make sure to watch this YouTube video on medical volunteering to protect yourself and the people you are interacting with. If you aren't allowed to perform a procedure in the U.S., you should NOT perform it abroad.


Typical 4-Year Pre-Med Plan (PDF)

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This plan is to be used only as a guideline. There are many factors that may affect the sequence and timing of courses. Course selections are best made in consultation with an MCB Advisor. For an appointment, visit 127 Burrill Hall or call (217) 333-6774.

Students typically take the MCAT or other pre-professional exam during the spring of their junior year and apply in during the summer following their junior year. Most prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of junior year with grades of C or better. Visit The Career Center Health Professions Website for additional information.

FRESHMAN YEAR

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

Intro Bio: MCB 150 or IB 150 (4 hrs)

Gen. Chem: CHEM 101, 102/103, or 202/203 (3-5 hrs)

Begin MATH sequence per placement* (3-5 hrs) or Composition I (3-4 hrs)

First Year Enrichment Course: LAS 101 or LAS 122 (1 hr)

Options:
Language, Gen Ed.**, or Elective (0-5 hrs)

Total Credit Hours: 14-16

Intro Bio: MCB 150 or IB 150 (4 hrs)

Gen Chem: CHEM 102/103, 104/105, or 204/205 (4-5 hrs)

Begin or continue MATH sequence per placement* (3-5 hrs) or Composition I: (3-4 hrs)

Options:
Language, Gen Ed.**, or Elective (0-5 hrs)

Total Credit Hours: 14-16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

Molecular Genetics & Lab: MCB 250 & MCB 251 (5 hrs)***

Chemistry: Finish gen chem or begin organic (4–6 hrs)

Choose 1–2 of the following: (1–6 hrs)

  • Math: Begin or continue if necessary*
  • Language: Begin or continue, if necessary
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 244 and/or MCB 245
  • General Education Course**
  • Elective

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

Cells, Tissues & Develop. & Lab: MCB 252 & MCB 253 (5 hrs)

Chemistry: Finish CHEM sequence, if necessary (2–6 hrs) or
Physics: PHYS 101 or 211, if CHEM complete (4–5 hrs)

Choose 1–2 of the following: (1–6 hrs)

  • Language: Begin or continue, if necessary
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 246 and/or MCB 247
  • General Education Course**
  • Elective

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

JUNIOR YEAR

SEMESTER 5

SEMESTER 6

Biochemistry: MCB 354 (3 hrs)

Physics: Begin or continue PHYS sequence (4–5 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (5–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 244 and/or MCB 245
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–18

Advanced MCB course or lab: See approved list**** (1–4 hrs)

Physics: Continue PHYS sequence, if necessary (4–5 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (5–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 246 and/or MCB 247
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–18

SENIOR YEAR

SEMESTER 7

SEMESTER 8

2 Advanced MCB courses or lab: See approved list**** (5–8 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (6–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

2 Advanced MCB courses or lab: See approved list**** (5–8 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (6–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Advanced Composition Course
  • Research or Senior Thesis: MCB 290 or 492
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

* Statistics is highly recommended to prepare for the MCAT and medical school.

** At least one course in psychology and sociology should be taken. Three social/behavioral science courses are recommended.

*** General Chemistry 1 and 2 (CHEM 102 and CHEM 104) must be completed before beginning MCB 250.

**** Approved advanced courses can be found at /undergrad/courses/advanced/. Courses that may be of particular interest to pre-med students include, but are not limited to, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, pathology and physiology.


Summer Enrichment Opportunities

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The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions provides a list of current Summer Enrichment Opportunities on its website. Another list of more general summer enrichment opportunities MCB advising maintains can be found on the "Summer Enrichment" page under "Career Development".


AAMC Post Bacc Opportunities

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The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has a free post bacc database where students can use specific filters to search for programs. For instance, there are options to filter on graduate programs for career changers. When the options are returned, clicking on the profiles will show if a graduate degree or a certificate is offered.