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Exciting New Opportunity for Marian University Undergraduates Pursuing a Medical Degree

by Katie Bradley | Nov 27, 2012
Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) has announced Fast Tracks, a new program that will give Marian University pre-medical students opportunities for early acceptance into MU-COM.   Posted by Katie Bradley


 Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) has announced Fast Tracks, a new program that will give Marian University pre-medical students opportunities for early acceptance into MU-COM.

 “The Fast Tracks program will bring outstanding undergraduate, pre-med students to Marian University because of the postgraduate opportunities they will have and the preference they will be given,” President Daniel J. Elsener said.

 With Fast Tracks, five spots under each track will be reserved for Marian University undergraduates each year. Students will have two options toward acceptance:

Early Acceptance Track Marian University undergraduate students:
  • must be on track to graduate in the spring semester prior to possible MU-COM matriculation. 
  • must have a GPA of 3.70 with a GPA of 3.50 or above in science. must have an MCAT score of 28 or higher with 10 or higher in biology. 
  • must have recommendation from the dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences or pre-medical committee. 
  • must apply to American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) in June/July before senior year. 
  • will have a guaranteed interview in October of senior year if application is complete. will receive a guaranteed decision within one week of admissions committee evaluation of application and interview results. 
  • acceptance is contingent upon maintaining grades and completing pre-medicine requirements. 
Guaranteed Interview Track Marian University undergraduate students:
  • must be on track to graduate in the spring semester prior to possible MU-COM matriculation.
  • must have a GPA of 3.30 in science and overall.must have an MCAT score or 24 or higher with 8 or higher in biology.
  • must have recommendation from the dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences or pre-medical committee.
  • must apply to American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) in June/July before their senior year.
  • will have a guaranteed interview in October of senior year if application is complete.
  • will receive a guaranteed decision within one week of admissions committee evaluation of application and interview results.
  • acceptance is contingent upon maintaining grades and completing pre-medicine requirements. 
“Fast Tracks will be an innovative incentive for students who are interested in medical school and select Marian University for pre-medical studies,” said Paul Evans, DO, vice president and founding dean of MU-COM.

“The pre-medicine track within our biology major has been, and continues to be, one of our most effective and potent academic tracks,” said Loren A. Bertocci, Ph.D., dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences. “Any graduate who has followed this pre-medicine track with a GPA of 3.5 or better will have learned all of the content they need to earn an MCAT score worthy of admission to any medical school in the United States.

"Our intention is that this kind of academic success in the sciences, combined with what our students gain from their general education courses and service work, will make them ideal candidates for our new College of Osteopathic Medicine and will lead to their long-term successes as physicians,” Bertocci continued.  

Within either the biology or chemistry pre-medicine programs, Marian University provides students with three-year curricula aimed at preparation for success in the MCAT (normally taken during the summer prior to the senior year). This program then allows students to spend their senior years finishing their concentrations while they begin their medical school application process.

With the addition of the MU-COM (opening fall 2013), Marian University students will take full advantage of the benefits a medical school and post-graduate research institution have to offer. This will allow them to slide seamlessly into their professional education straight out of their undergraduate experience. The pre-medical program has the additional attribute of also preparing students as laboratory scientists. Thus, students can maintain the professional career option of medicine, shift into graduate level science, or combine the two in a dual M.D.-Ph.D. degree graduate program.

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