Program Details

The pre-medicine and pre-dental programs at Carroll College fulfill the student’s desire to ease pain and empower healthy living in their communities. To truly thrive in these professions, more is required than knowledge alone. At Carroll College, the pre-med program offers a well-rounded perspective of a liberal arts learning experience, so you’ll better understand the issues affecting your patients from all angles. The compassion at the heart of the diocesan Catholic learning mission, along with the depth and character you will inherit, will take you there.

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About the Program

Carroll College prepares you for entry into graduate school and a successful career in medicine or dentistry. For example, those at Carroll who earn their pre-med degree are consistently accepted into medical school at a rate of 85 percent — far higher than the national average of less than 50 percent.

Graduates of the pre-med program at Carroll are accepted into some of the finest graduate programs in the region and the country. Recent pre-medicine and pre-dentistry students have been accepted into their respective graduate programs at the University of Washington, Mayo Medical School, Georgetown University, University of Colorado, University of Iowa, and Penn State University, among others.

Courses and Student Learning Objectives

Admission to the medical or dental pre-med program requires completion of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. While most premedical students graduate from Carroll College with a degree in biology, the choice of a major field of study is le open to the student. Through these classes, graduates will be ready to:

  • Apply to medical/dental school and be accepted into some of the finest graduate programs in the region
  • Use the provided guidance and pre-med degree to prepare for an internship at a hospital or volunteer with a health organization

Students are encouraged to consult with the pre-medical advisor or pre-dental advisor for coursework that may be of value and for a description of experiences that are important to have prior to applying to the professional pre-med program. If you are earning your pre-med degree, you would also cover areas like sociology and psychology. For certain students, a three-year curriculum is possible.

Professional Educational Outcomes

The pre-dental program and pre-med program at Carroll College are set to produce students who have:

  • Self-motivation, compassion, and integrity.
  • The necessary education and reputable degree to be accepted into the finest graduate programs.
  • A well-rounded perspective of a liberal arts learning experience.

Program Highlights

Throughout the course of the pre-med program, you’ll explore a wide range of areas, such as courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. Pre-medicine students also cover such areas as sociology and psychology. For certain students, a three-year curriculum is possible, as well.

Will you be able to complete your degree in three or four years? In almost all cases, you will be able to enter medical or dental school are completing a four-year undergraduate program. Occasionally, highly qualified students enter after three years. A student who enters medical or dental school after three years of undergraduate study may receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology under the following condition:

I want to improve the health of my community.


Of course! Careers in medicine and dental give you the opportunity to become a respected member of your community. High-demand for both careers is likely to continue in the future, proving constant demand and opportunities in the industry.

It’s most important to make sure a pre-med degree is right for you. A career in medicine is a career in teamwork, service, effective communication and so much more. It’s most important to take the time to get to know each profession and understand the path you would like to take. Learn the basics about medical school at Carroll College and reach out to a pre-med professor.

There are so many great opportunities! The list really goes on, but earning your degree with the pre-med program here at Carroll opens the door to a range of career opportunities for you that include:

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Dentist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Surgeon
  • Teacher
  • Scientist
  • Health Services Specialist

When we award a financial aid package it is not just to get you here —it is a four-year commitment to see you graduate and succeed. Every year you will have the opportunity to meet with financial aid, renew your goals, explore opportunities for on-campus work, and make sure you are on track with any borrowing. Find out more.

See the cost of attendance information for full-time students.

Students with different financial backgrounds choose to attend Carroll College every year. There are many ways to fund your college experience and invest in your education and future. Find out more

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Request information or call us at (406) 447-4384.

You can also speak with Carroll's Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advisor, Grant Hokit, Ph.D.

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