(Pre-Professional Health Training)

Program Overview

Admission to medical, dental and most other health profession schools in the United States is very selective. Only students with excellent grades and admission test scores, knowledge of their health profession and in most cases, health care experience are being admitted. Personal qualities and commitment are also important.

All pre-professional programs at ORU start with a general set of courses based on the admission requirements of several representative schools in that field. Often these schools have unique preparatory requirements, and it is recommended that a catalog be obtained from each school being considered for professional degree application to determine the exact requirements. This allows for inclusion of the appropriate courses in an ORU program and facilitates a judicious transfer from ORU to the professional program.

Pre-medical students should follow their own interests and aptitudes in selecting one of several recognized majors, such as biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, psychology, or health and exercise science as a pre-professional route. All of these pre-professional programs provide a balanced liberal arts education with strengths both in science and humanities.

It is recommended that students wanting a pre-medicine designation on their transcripts narrow their studies by taking the following recommended courses as part of their major or electives:

  • Microbiology lecture/laboratory
  • Genetics lecture/laboratory
  • Molecular Cell Biology lecture/laboratory

While degrees in biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, psychology and health and exercise science are the most widely recommended and recognized in the pursuit of pre-medical health training, ORU appreciates an individuals' need to follow their God-given gifts and abilities in selecting a major. Therefore, ORU offers the opportunity to adapt any major to a pre-medical program by including the following courses to a course of study:

  • Mathematical Analysis or Calculus
  • Biology lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics lecture/lab (2 semesters)

These courses are required by both medical and dental schools and should provide adequate preparation for taking the MCAT or DAT exam. Highly qualified students may be admitted to medical school after three years of undergraduate training. All pre-professional health services majors are encouraged to closely with their degree advisor.

ORU Points of Distinction

Our health professions program has successfully trained students to enter a variety of health programs.

The overall acceptance rate into medical schools over the 2001-2010 period was 68% of all ORU applicants which compares favorably with the national average of just below 50% acceptance rate in 2010. In addition, ORU applicants with GPA's of 3.6 or higher had an acceptance rate of 86%.  Impressively, 100% of ORU applicants who participated in the ORU Honors program and maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher have been accepted into medical schools over the past 5 years.

Over 300 of our alumni are practicing physicians throughout the United States. Our students have been accepted into 70 medical schools including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Washington University.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Pre-Health Professions Honors Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and many others. This society welcomes all engaged in the pursuit of a health care career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests and extends a program for service to benefit the university community.

Cadaver Dissection
The Biology Department at ORU is one of the few undergraduate departments in the southwest US that offers the opportunity to participate in the dissection of human cadavers as part of the honors biology program. Cadaver dissection is a priceless opportunity for any biology student, but is especially exciting for our pre-med students. This program offers a distinct advantage to aspiring physicians as they apply to medical schools across the US.

Medical Seminar
This class is offered through the ORU Biology Department. Get an in-depth look at family practice medicine while earning college credit and real life experience.

Shadow Local Health Professionals
Shadowing opportunities are available for physician, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist and more.

ORU Missions
Each year ORU sends out several teams with a distinctive medical mission. Experience medical missions with a body, mind and spirit emphasis.

Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Health Services (GSHS) provides a mobile clinic to under served areas in Tulsa. Operated by Family Medical Care of Tulsa, GSHS welcomes ORU student volunteers. Experience health care in a Christian environment.

Degree Plan for Biology Pre-Medicine

Degree Plan for Chemistry Pre-Medicine (Biomedical Chemistry)

Degree Plan for Pre-Medicine with any major 


Biology and Chemistry Department

Biomedical Engineering Department

Behavioral Sciences Department

HPER Department