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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.

Real-world opportunities at your fingertips

Collaborative research experience is at the heart of UW-Eau Claire's pre-med program. Whether you are working directly with a faculty member or a Mayo Clinic health professional, you'll gain the real-world knowledge and skills you need to prepare for a career in the medical field.

Hear from Blugolds Caterra and Keng on why they chose UWEC and how their classroom experience and undergraduate research will set them apart as they apply to medical school. 

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.

As a Blugold, Callie Vogel found a variety of experiences on campus, in the community and in other parts of the world that helped her gain the knowledge, experiences and confidence she needs to pursue a career in medicine.

Advocating for health equality

At UW-Eau Claire, courses offer more than just homework. They're a chance to step out of your comfort zone and explore how your interests and passions intersect with the real world. 

For pre-med student Callie Vogel, this opportunity came in the form of visiting nearby jails and talking with incarcerated individuals. Collecting data around mental health, housing status and other demographic factors, Callie and her peers discovered that those who were incarcerated had a variety of health issues — but many lacked proper health care. The students presented their findings to Eau Claire community leaders and stakeholders, promoting change. And it worked. Their research and push for health equality have already led to improvements within the jails.    

“This project greatly contributed to my passion to be a doctor, especially one who works in rural medicine providing care to those most in need and those facing health disparities,” Callie said. 

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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