The Pre-Medical Program prepares undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students for application to the health professional schools of medicine (allopathic or osteopathic), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine; physician and pathology assistant programs; and careers in biomedical research. Supervised by a Pre-Medical Committee composed of faculty members from various relevant departments and chaired by the pre-medical director, the program consists of an individualized selection of course work, personal counseling, academic support, and junior/senior year biomedical research internship (for students who academically qualify) at a medical school or research institute.
Students in the program, regardless of academic major, are expected to maintain the high standards of performance necessary for health professional school admission. For highly select undergraduates, early assurance programs are available in affiliation with Penn State University College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Dental Medicine, Lake Erie School of Dental Medicine and Arcadia University's M.S. in physician assistant studies program.
The Pre-Health Professional Program (formally PreMed program) has a new Director, Dr. Donze-Reiner. She was awarded a PhD in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. During her post-doctoral training she mentored 8 graduate and 4 undergraduate students in molecular biology techniques and authored 11 publications. Dr. Donze-Reiner joined the biology faculty in 2015 and teaches courses in Genetics and Molecular biology. She has mentored 10 WCU undergraduates in gene expression analysis associated with disease and infestations of switchgrass, a potential biofuel source. She was also a Co-Editor for a special topic journal in Frontiers in Plant Science. She is currently an academic advisor for the Cell and Molecular Biology concentration, receiving three consecutive recognition awards for outstanding advising.