"...being a good physician is about more than scientific knowledge. It is about understanding people—how they think, interact, and make decisions."
— AAMC President & CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.—
MCAT2015: An Open Letter to Pre-Med Students

Shield PHCPre-medical study at PHC equips students who are called to serve others in medical professions with the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT®) and medical school.



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The 21st-century physician must be capable of critically evaluating vast amounts of information, communicating clearly, and understanding the human experience holistically. Physicians must be able to work as part of a team to coordinate patient care while meeting the technical demands of the profession with careful confidence. 

Patrick Henry College is the best preparation for medical professionals because we integrate academic rigor in science and math with PHC's distinct Classical Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Through study in theology, philosophy, history, literature, music, economics, and more, the Core prepares students to become exceptional critical thinkers and communicators. Every course at PHC maintains absolute fidelity to Scripture. Since every student in every major takes every Core course, students encounter diverse perspectives and backgrounds, helping to develop the cultural competence and mental dexterity needed for a lifetime of service to others.

The mentoring relationships students build with their professors are the heart of Pre-Med at PHC. These connections will grow in importance as students begin the apprenticeship phase of their PHC education. Through clinical and research internships, students apply classroom learning in real-world environments and are well prepared for the demands of the ever-evolving medical profession.

Pre-Med Curriculum

Medical schools do not specify a preference for certain majors; instead, they seek students from diverse disciplines who have a record of success in the following:

  • One year of advanced math

  • One year of biology

  • One year of physics

  • One year of general chemistry

  • One year of advanced chemistry

While these Pre-Med courses may be combined with any major, PHC recommends Pre-Med students consider majors in Classical Liberal Arts or Environmental Science & Stewardship


Tracey McGrath, Ph.D.

Ph.D. & M.A. from Princeton University; B.A. from University of Chicago.


Mike Jackson, Ph.D.

MPH  in Epidemiology from the University of Washington
PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington


“My classes have brought me face-to-face with some of the most important questions human beings have ever had to answer, and my professors have become my friends, guiding me along the path."
— Jordan Hughes ('17) —


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