If you sincerely believe that God is calling you into the medical profession, you will also have to make the commitment to do things that will develop the abilities you need to enable you to get into medical school.
- Every medical school will ask you this question: Why do you want to become a doctor? Every premedical student wants to get into medicine to help people. Your goal in college is to add depth and breadth to that answer. You need a personal purpose that is unique to your beliefs, skills, abilities, experience, and interests.
- Dordt's unique mission and worldview provides a solid grounding to your mission. Medicine is one way through which the Christian can work to bring Christ-centered renewal, reflecting in modern medicine the healing ministry of Christ.
- Dordt's Core Program provides academic breadth that is vital to the relationship between doctor and patient that is at the heart of medicine. Patients are, first of all, people who are hurting and in need of a physician who cares for them as persons with varied interests and needs.
- Volunteer opportunities—whether done at home over breaks, or through opportunities at Dordt such as AMOR and PLIA, or through various mission organizations that Dordt has relationships with—will help you understand what it means to help people in need, vital knowledge when you become a practicing physician.
- Each professional school has its own specific course requirements for its program, all of which can be fulfilled at Dordt College.
- Most medical schools require applicants to take the Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT). Performing well on this exam requires students to develop good study habits in college and to take a number of prerequisite courses. Dordt's course offerings comprehensively cover all the topics on this exam.
- You will want to know what the profession of medicine involves. Dordt has contacts with a variety of area physicians. Whether you are interested in family medicine or surgery, we can put you in touch with practicing physicians so that you can learn more about the profession.
- Many medical schools like to see students with research experience. All of Dordt's natural science faculty maintain active research programs where students work side-by-side with the faculty to explore the wonder and detail of God's creation. This research finds fruition in senior research projects, presentations at regional and national conferences, and publication in scientific journals.
- Getting into medical school is difficult. At times you will struggle, whether it's a tough class or a hard time with roommates. Dordt has a number of support services available to help you out.
- Dordt pre-med students are encouragers.The pre-med students, largely through the Future Physicians Club, work together to help everyone gain entry into medical school. Students routinely work together on projects and in study groups. Our recent renovations provide several study spaces specifically to enable students to work with each other, in close proximity to the professors.
- Dordt faculty are readily available for you. Whether you have a question about a homework assignment, or are wondering what classes you need, or need some advice about what major or career to pursue, your professors are willing to listen and advise you through these issues.
- Four out of five Dordt graduates get into medical school, most on their first application. Nationally only two in five are accepted.
- Many of Dordt's graduates have been accepted at regional medical schools such as the University of Iowa, University of Minnesota (both Twin Cities and Duluth), Des Moines University, and the University of South Dakota. Others have gone to universities in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Alberta, and Ontario.