Are you considering becoming a physician or physician assistant? What about a dentist, optometrist or podiatrist? Or becoming the person who discovers a new treatment for diabetes or heart disease? The opportunities at MU will provide excellent academic preparation for health professional schools.
In selecting your undergraduate institution, you may be wondering “How many of your applicants get into medical school?” However, the answer to this one question may not tell you the most important things you need to know. We suggest that you ask the following questions at each of the colleges that you’re considering:
What services are provided for pre-health students?
At MU, the MedOpp Advising Office assists all students who are interested in a career in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, optometry, podiatry and PA. We will help you decide whether medicine is the best career for you and assist you in meeting the academic and other requirements for professional school.
One-on-One Advising: Students are invited to make individual appointments with their assigned adviser. Appointments are individualized and personal. During these appointments, we encourage students to carefully consider the core competencies needed to be a successful healthcare professional. We also assist students in developing strengths and abilities through opportunities in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
Introductory and Development Workshops: We offer presentations specifically targeted to people who have just entered MU (or are new to the pre-med path) and others that will help you keep on track with your development. Our “What Every Pre-Health Professional Should Know” workshop provides a broad overview of what it takes to create a successful candidacy. We also offer presentations on shadowing practitioners, volunteering in healthcare and other settings, and joining a research lab.
Application Year Programming: Students who are getting ready to apply for medical and dental school participate in MDAP (Medical and Dental Application Program), a series of seminars, personal consultations and interactive workshops designed to prepare and assist students with the application process. Participants in MDAP may be eligible for a committee interview and resulting committee letter (see below). Applicants in optometry, podiatry, and PA are welcome to participate in the workshops and preparatory consultations, but do not participate in the committee interview process.
Electronic Communication: MedOpp maintains a listserv with a weekly newsletter of events and announcements. We also maintain a Canvas site with a repository of handouts and resources for MU students.
Does your school offer a committee letter?
A committee letter is an overview and evaluation of your candidacy for medical or dental school written by a team of faculty and/or staff from your university. MU does offer a committee letter. It is generated through a committee interview, which mirrors a medical or dental school interview, and comprehensive review of your CV, transcript, personal statement and letters of recommendation. The committee interview and the committee letter are valuable features of your application to medical and dental schools. Not all colleges and universities offer a committee letter, so an applicant from MU has an important advantage. In addition, while the committee interview is not a practice interview, it does provide valuable insight into what a medical or dental school interview will be like; we also offer debriefing appointments for students afterward to discuss their performance.
What is the acceptance rate of students applying to medical and dental schools?
MU consistently ranks significantly above the national average for acceptance into medical school (35% for DO programs and 41% for MD programs). For the 2020 entering class, 75.4% of MU’s 1st-time applicants and 87.5% of MU’s re-applicants were accepted into medical school. The national average for acceptance to dental schools was 55%; while 78.5% of MU’s 1st-time applicants and 60% of MU’s re-applicants were accepted to dental school.
FAQs for Prospective Students
Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive are addressed briefly below.
What major do I need to be to be pre-med, -dental, etc? Is there a pre-med major at Mizzou?
There is no single pre-med major at MU; you can choose among the programs for a major that best fits your interests! Throughout your academic career, you will work with your major adviser to select courses to meet your degree requirements and us at the MedOpp Advising Office to keep on track with the prerequisite courses that you will need to apply for your health professions program.
What are the prerequisites for a health profession school?
Check out the general recommended coursework for health profession schools.
What factors affect admission into health profession schools?
Medical and other health profession schools’ selections are based upon several factors, including GPA, standardized test scores, letters of evaluation, knowledge of and involvement in the health profession, personal history and background, interests, motivation, extracurricular activities, and personal interview.
Can I study abroad if I want to go to a health professions school?
Yes! Students interested in studying abroad to meet with their academic adviser early in their career to make plans for that opportunity. However, it is not recommend for students to take any of their pre-health coursework abroad.
Can I use my Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit at MU?
MU gives credit for several AP/IB exams. Please note, though, that not every health profession school will accept AP/IB credit. They will want to see you take additional coursework in that subject area. Your MedOpp Adviser can talk with you in more detail about this.
How can I meet with a MedOpp adviser?
Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your campus visit, and mention that you would like to meet with us while you are here!