Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant Programs

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.

Outside the classroom, our students build their resumes in a variety of ways through engagement in undergraduate research, internships, clinical shadowing and volunteer work. Our connections to Merrimack College alumni working in the medical field are strong, and we invite our alumni to campus on a regular basis to share their perspective with current students.  

Advanced study in the health professions requires planning, preparation and a high level of academic performance. You should meet with our Health Professions Adviser, Charlotte Berkes, early in your academic career. She will help you plan a successful undergraduate experience and assist you in the graduate school application process.

Health Professions Adviser  

Charlotte Berkes
Associate Professor of Biology and
Laurence M. Demers Professor in Life Sciences
Department of Biology - Mendel 352
978-837-5281 | email

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Medical, Dental and Veterinary Schools

MCAT Preparation


Our students have successfully entered a number of medical, dental and veterinary schools and medical programs, including:

  • Boston University Dental School
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • Drexel University Medical School
  • Georgetown Medical School
  • Jefferson Medical School
  • Loyola Chicago Medical School
  • Massachusetts General Hospital School of Health
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacology
  • New England School of Optometry
  • New York Medical College
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • St. George School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tufts University College of Medicine
  • Tufts University Dental School
  • Tufts University Veterinary School
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of New England College of Medicine
  • West Virginia School of Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to go to medical school. What should I major in?
Medical schools, as well as other health profession 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.

Medical schools do, however, 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 and, therefore, are popular majors with pre-med students.

Our Health Professions Adviser works with all Merrimack students 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 2020, you must submit your application in spring 2019 - 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?
There are many opportunities to distinguish yourself. Our college community offers a range of hands-on opportunities, including cooperative education and internships, research with faculty, study abroad and service learning. We can provide you with more ideas when you meet with us.

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 can help you figure out which path is right for you.