Plan of Study

Pre-med students at Davidson major in a wide range of disciplines, from neuroscience to art history. You should plan to major in a discipline that excites you and for which you have the most aptitude, understanding that you must also plan to take one or two prerequisite pre-medicine courses each semester.

Initial Planning

If you are interested in the Pre-medicine and Allied Health Program, you should first do the following.

  • Plan to attend our fall meeting, at which you will hear from pre-med and medical humanities faculty and staff members, the directors of the Civic Engagement and Dean Rusk International Studies Program offices, officers of pre-health professional societies, and local physicians, among others.
  • Schedule a meeting with Program Director Naila Mamoon to discuss a plan of study that will equip you well for your future career.

While the specifics of your plan may vary, here is an overview of what you should expect/plan for in your four-year course of study.

First-year Students and Sophomores

Starting early in your college career, you will meet regularly with Director of Pre-medicine and Allied Health Professions Naila Mamoon. Your first meeting will be in a small group, and is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn about the required pre-med/pre-health courses and recommended healthcare volunteering opportunities. All subsequent meetings will be one-on-one with the director.

Also, you should begin to find opportunities for clinical exposure and get involved on campus and in the community.

Recommended courses include:

  • Biology: BIO 111 or 113 and BIO 112 or 114
  • Chemistry: CHE 115, 220, 250, and 350
  • Physics: PHY 120 and 220 or PHY 130 and 230
  • Biochemistry: BIO 303 or CHE 230
  • Statistics: BIO 240, PSY 310, SOC 260, MAT 341, POL 201 or ECO 105

Some of the courses listed above may be taken during your junior year. Learn more about course requirements.


As you continue your coursework and community involvement activities, you also will begin planning for next steps in your medical/health career.

  • Attend the Alpha Epsilon Delta forum in preparation for the MCAT, DAT, or other professional school entrance exams. There you will learn how other students prepared for the exams.
  • Begin to narrow the list of schools to which you will apply.
  • Apply for a pre-medicine advisory committee evaluation in the fall semester.
  • Attend the program director's dinner and participate in a practice interview with the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and/or the Center for Career Development.
  • Attend an application service forum organized by Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society.

If you do not plan on taking a "gap year" between college and graduate school, in the fall of your junior year you will be interviewed by and receive a rating from a pre-medicine advisory committee. The pre-med program director will prepare a report that will include your committee rating, a composite evaluation and the letters of recommendation from those who evaluated you. At your request, the evaluation report will be sent to all medical or other pre-professional schools to which you apply.


In preparation for continuing your medical/health career path, your senior year will include lots of paperwork and interviews.

  • Complete your secondary applications.
  • Contact Program Assistant Karen Baldwick at and request that she send your advisory committee evaluation report to the schools of you choice.

If you did not get evaluated during your junior year, you will apply for a pre-medicine advisory committee evaluation in the fall semester and be interviewed by the committee.

Study Abroad

Choosing to participate in the pre-medicine program does not preclude you from studying abroad. It simply requires careful planning and consultation with the program director and professors within your major discipline.