Preparing for Medical School at LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University has some great advantages for pre-med students.


Mentoring Relationships with Professors

Unlike large state schools, even our entry-level science courses are taught by professors. Undergraduates have opportunities to work directly with professor as lab and research assistants, often building close, mentoring relationships.

These relationships are invaluable for pre-med students, as medical schools are looking for great reference letters from professionals who can provide informed recommendations for students they know well.


Interaction with medical doctors

A strong network of local physicians invest in the lives of LETU pre-med students. These physicians:


Hands-on Research Opportunities

At LETU, undergrads can be actively involved in hands-on research projects, rather than merely assisting graduate students. For example, students who join the Wheels Project travel to Kenya to complete studies on the efficacy of wheelchair designed for use in low-income countries.

“As a team of four students and our professor, Karen Rispin, we were able to experience a new culture, make international friendships, and conduct research in a tangible and meaningful way.”
- Emily Tutt, Biology (Pre-Med)


Involvement with Upperclassmen & Alumni

LeTourneau University has a student led club, Hygeia, which includes current students as well as alumni. The Facebook page and the meetings on campus provide opportunities to learn from those a step ahead in the journey.


Variety of Degree Options

As you likely already know, pre-med is not a major. If you hadn’t heard this, the Association of American Medical College is a great resource for basic information. As you’ll see, a student can enter medical school successfully from any major as long as he or she has done well in all the pre-requisites and competencies required or suggested.

However, there are three majors at LETU in which most pre-med students enroll:

  • Biology
    This is the major that most closely matches the prerequisites required by medical colleges. Flexibility in the schedule enables many students to pick up a Spanish or chemistry minor, which can open a multitude of doors. Biology students can also take advantage of the opportunity to earn an international studies minor if they participate in the Wheels Project.
  • Chemistry
    One of the chemistry major concentrations is biology, a popular choice for pre-med students. This major involves a solid background in chemistry with a minor in biology. A departmental Welch grant supports research opportunities in synthesizing medicinal drugs to forensic chemistry applications.
  • Biomedical Engineering
    Math-loving students attracted to engineering as well as medicine are drawn to this major. They fill the elective courses in their sequence with upper-level biology and chemistry courses. It’s a challenging option, but it does provide a very marketable engineering degree as well as preparation for medical school.

Faculty Feature

Karen Rispin

Associate Professor of Biology,
Advisor for the Health Professions
Faculty Advisor for Wheels Team

(903) 233-3952
KarenRispin@letu.edu


Other Pre-Health Options

These advantages also apply to students heading into other health-related professions that require graduate school, such as

  • medical practice
  • occupational therapy
  • dentistry
  • vet school
  • and many more

For more information on preparing for these other professions at LeTourneau visit the pre-physical therapy or pre-health pages.

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