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Health Professions Advising

Advances in technology and in our understanding of how the body works make this an exciting time to consider a career in health care.

Whether you dream of becoming a doctor, a dentist, a veterinarian, a nurse, a physician assistant or any one of the many rewarding careers in the field of medicine, we will help prepare you for success.

Our rigorous science curriculum provides the solid foundation you will need for admission to medical, osteopathic, dental and veterinary school or to other related graduate programs. You may also take advantage of Merrimack’s liberal arts offerings to round out your education.

Advanced study in the health professions requires planning, preparation and a high level of academic performance. If you are contemplating pursuing the M.D., D.O., D.M.D. or D.V.M. degree, you should meet with the health professions adviser, Charlotte Berkes, early in your academic career. Berkes will help you plan a successful undergraduate experience and, when it’s time to apply to graduate school, she will assist you in that process.

Important Documents

All students considering a career as a doctor, dentist or veterinarian should consult this booklet for detailed information regarding preparation for entry into graduate school.

View a list of required and recommended courses for medical school.

Seniors applying to medical school and seeking a committee letter from the Merrimack College Health Professions Advisory Committee should use this checklist to help you assemble all of the required documents.

Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Schools
MCAT Preparation

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to go to medical school. What should I major in?

Medical schools, as well as other health professions graduate programs, typically do not require a specific major. The most critical factors that admissions committees consider are GPA, entrance exam (MCAT) scores and distinctive extracurricular experiences.

That said, medical schools do typically require that applicants have completed several courses in chemistry, biology and math. Merrimack College students majoring in biology or biochemistry take all or most required and recommended courses; these majors are therefore popular with pre-med students.

The health professions adviser is available to advise any Merrimack College student, regardless of major.

What is Merrimack’s success rate for students applying to medical school?

Nationwide, approximately 80 percent of applicants with a GPA from 3.6 to 4.0 and an MCAT score in the 80th percentile gain admission to medical school. Merrimack students who meet these criteria and combine academic excellence with clinical, research and volunteer experience have been extremely successful, achieving an acceptance rate above the national average.

Recent graduates have been accepted at Dartmouth Medical School, UMass Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

When should I take the MCAT?

Applications to medical school are submitted by June of the year prior to when you wish to start. For example, if you want to start medical school in fall 2019, you must submit your application in spring 2018 (yes, more than one year ahead of time!). To allow yourself time to receive your MCAT score and make an informed decision on whether to apply, you should plan on taking the MCAT by April of the year you wish to apply.

I’m working as hard as I can to get good grades. What else should I be doing to increase my chances of being admitted to medical school

Opportunities for distinguishing yourself abound. Our college community offers a range of hands-on opportunities, including cooperative education and internships, research with faculty, study abroad and service learning.  Please see the health professions adviser for more information and ideas.

I thought I wanted to go to medical school, but I’ve changed my mind. Now what?

There are many other options! These include being a naturopath, osteopath, dentist, optometrist, nurse, physician’s assistant, genetic counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist or public health specialist. Your academic adviser, the college’s health professions adviser and the O’Brien Center for Career Development are there to help you figure out which path is right for you.










Charlotte Berkes, Ph.D.

Health Professions Adviser

Associate Professor of Biology