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Pre-Med

Pictured above are Coe alumni who are enrolled as  medical students at the University of Iowa. Front row (left to right) Martha Oelschlaeger '07, Nicole Comer '07, Kelly Monahan '07; back row (left to right) Iryna Boelter '09, Amanda (Kabel) Lorenz '06 and Matt Bream '07. Not pictured is Darbie Little-Cooper '05. Thomas Pietras '02 and Tim Vinyard '02 are currently in residency programs at the University of Iowa.

The course of study for Coe Pre-Med normally includes an emphasis on biology and chemistry, with additional study in physics and mathematics. Coe's biology, chemistry and pre-med clubs can help you meet and interact with students who share your interests.

Because many students at Coe College are interested in careers in medicine, special faculty advisors are available to confer with those who want to fulfill the requirements for entrance into postgraduate training for this area. In addition, your Coe advisor can facilitate internships and other practical experiences to help you learn more about the professional specialities in which you are interested.

What can you expect at Coe?

You will have opportunities at Coe that will optimize and enhance entrance to medical school through excellent academic preparation coupled with the following:

  • Communication skill development, with programs like Writing Across the Curriculum, the Speaking Center, and the nationally recognized Coe Writing Center
  • Personal attention for advising
  • An environment that fosters an appreciation for theatre, art, music, social sciences, and athletics
  • Research opportunities in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and economics through summer programs and independent study (Approximately 50 students participate in research each summer.)
  • Volunteer opportunities in patient care at two nearby regional hospitals
    Participation in premedicine conferences, such as at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
  • Interaction with alumni and invited speakers in health, medicine, and biomedical research

Program Outcomes:

When you seek admission to a medical school, grades are important. However, you are also expected to be a well-rounded individual with other interests and achievements. In addition to science requirements, Coe students take courses in the social sciences and humanities. Students who achieve a competitive GPA, do well in their MCATs, and take advantage of the many opportunities that Coe provides, enjoy excellent success rates in medical school admission.

The success rate for medical school acceptance at one or more schools for 2001-2006 graduates is 91%. Over the last five years, Coe graduates have been admitted into medical programs at the following schools: University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Tulane University, University of Texas, Des Moines University, A.T. Still University, University of New Mexico, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Successful Graduates:


Hannah Ross-Suits graduated from Coe in 2006, majoring in biology and English and minoring in writing and classical studies. She has traveled quite a bit since that time, first serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa for two years. Hannah then earned her Master of Public Health degree from Georgia State University with a focus in epidemiology, followed by working as an epidemiologist for the Healthcare Associated Infections team of the Tennessee State Health Department. Currently, Hannah is in medical school at Penn State University's College of Medicine. She will graduate in 2015 and plans to complete residency training in pediatrics.

"My time at Coe taught me just how much I can do, thanks to the support of professors and fellow students. I took classes that pushed both my critical thinking skills and my creativity. Coe gave me the opportunity to major in two fields that I love but which are unrelated, and no one ever told me that doing so was not a good idea. In fact, it has made me a more competitive applicant. While at Coe, I had the chance to be involved with and take leadership roles in several clubs and organizations like the Biology Club, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and Alpha Nu literary society. I enjoyed every minute of my four years there, especially late nights working in the Writing Center!" - Hannah Ross-Suits '06

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