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Explore pre-med at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you well for a career in medicine. Pre-med is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and enroll in medical school.

Entry into medical school is typically based on a student’s academic record, the results of the Medical College Admission Test, professor recommendations and interviews. A specific major is not required to get into medical school, but certain skills and experiences are favored. For example, many medical schools emphasize science aptitude and expect strong communication skills. Schools may also look for significant health-related and service experiences, such as medical research, job shadowing or internships. 

To best prepare you for medical school, the pre-med curriculum consists of classes most-often needed to meet the entrance requirements for the majority of medical schools. Coursework will also prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test. 

UW-Eau Claire students benefit from several major medical facilities in the region that provide the area with not only state-of-the-art, quality healthcare but also shadowing and internship opportunities. UW-Eau Claire specifically has strong ties to Mayo Clinic Health System, Marshfield Clinic and Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as smaller healthcare facilities like the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.

Blugolds (from left) Lizzy Keena, Seth Subiaga, Caterra Leavens and Maddy Marasch are among the students competing in Mayo Clinic’s IMPACT Program.

Mayo Clinic partnership opens doors

Caterra Leavens came to UWEC knowing that she wanted to become a doctor. The university’s partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System could help make that dream come true, and unlike most universities, these opportunities would be available to her as early as her first year on campus.

As a member of an interdisciplinary team, Caterra recently competed in Mayo Clinic’s Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies (IMPACT) Program, which challenges undergraduate students and their faculty collaborators to find creative solutions to critical health questions. The competition gives students the chance to explore research as well as connect with highly respected members of the healthcare field.

“It’s opened up different opportunities for me and my career track,” Caterra said. “The experience helped me gain knowledge about how research is conducted, and it will be an awesome addition to my applications in the future."

Pre-med scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in pre-med. For example, the Daniel and Kerry Kincaid Pre-Medicine Scholarship awards $2,000 to a student who has indicated plans to pursue pre-medicine at UW-Eau Claire and demonstrates a strong potential for academic success.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.  
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Pre-med highlights

Relevant student organizations. On-campus student organizations — like the Pre-Professional Health Club — connect students like you who are also interested in a medical career. These extracurriculars are an excellent way to learn from guest speakers, engage in volunteer work and tour graduate programs in the region. 

Research opportunities. As the top master's-level university for undergraduate research, opportunities to explore and discover are endless. Many of our students work directly with faculty and local professionals on groundbreaking research projects, driving innovation and making real improvements to the world around us. Students may also choose to take their research experience a step further by presenting their findings at both regional and national conferences. 

Respected reputation. UW-Eau Claire is known for its strong biology and chemistry programs and has a long history of producing skilled graduates regularly accepted to medical school. The majority of UW-Eau Claire graduates attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin or the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Twin Cities. Others attend various private medical schools or schools of osteopathic medicine all around the country. 

Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire is one of only a few schools of its size with a career center dedicated to supporting pre-med students. The William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center offers one-on-one pre-med advising, opportunities to meet with professional school admissions representatives and workshops designed to build effective tools for career development and competitive applications.

Typical first-year courses may include:

One or two semesters of mathematics courses and completion of the university writing requirement are also recommended. 

Learn more about pre-med in the UWEC course catalog.

Related programs at UW-Eau Claire

A few majors that would best support a career path in medicine include:

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