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Program Overview

Program Overview

The demand for ethical, effective physicians is always high. If you possess the aptitude for science and the heart for helping those in need, let us help you prepare for a career in medicine. Realization of that dream will depend upon a high quality undergraduate experience. Lipscomb has a long history of preparing motivated, qualified students for successful entry into medical schools. Make a difference in your local community and the world by combining personal and intellectual competencies to become a contributing member of the healing profession. 

Your success as a premedical applicant and medical school student will require a working knowledge of the natural and behavioral sciences. So let us help you prepare. Our distinguished faculty will guide you through rigorous coursework in biology, chemistry and physics. In these courses, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs and research opportunities. Our Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) also will walk alongside and provide guidance for satisfying prerequisite requirements, networking opportunities and interview preparation. In addition to regularly notifying you of on-campus workshops, speakers and professional school representatives, the HPAC will keep you posted regarding online webinars and regional health fairs.

Each year, HPAC Scholarships are awarded as need-based supplemental financial aid to a number of qualified pre-health applicants. The HPAC also provides merit-based Ward scholarships and Ward Research Fellowships to a few exceptional students who have been nominated and selected by faculty. Our aim is to provide you with all the tools and resources needed for your success as a professional school applicant.

Courses

Courses

Our office can assist you in determining which courses you need to satisfy professional school requirements. Looking at the website for the professional program you're interested in is also helpful in learning more about the additional courses or requirements of the program.
Course requirements can vary from one health professional program to another. Generally, these are the courses required by most medical schools:


General Biology: Eight semester hours with labs
General Chemistry: Eight semester hours with labs
Organic Chemistry: Eight semester hours with labs
Biochemistry: Three semester hours
Physics: Four to six semester hours with lab(s)
Math: Usually through Calculus I
English: Six semester hours
Statistics: Three semester hours
Psychology: Three semester hours
Sociology: Three semester hours

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

No matter what major you choose, we're ready to advise you on your path to becoming a doctor.

  • Ruth Henry

    Ruth Henry

    Vice Chair, Kinesiology and Nutrition

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

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  • Beth Conway

    Beth Conway

    Associate Professor

    Beth Conway is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular...

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  • Kent Clinger

    Kent Clinger

    Chair, Chemistry

    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

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  • John Lewis

    John Lewis

    Associate Professor

    John Lewis is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological...

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Career Paths

Physicians and Surgeons

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, also called diagnostic imaging workers, operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions.

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.