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Pre-Medicine ProgramGetting into medical school is tough, but RMU's pre-medicine offering gives you an edge. We've partnered with prestigious medical institutions to give qualified students automatic admission into medical school upon their graduation from Robert Morris, and the kind of practical training that will allow them to become an accomplished physician.

RMU's pre-med curriculum is available as a concentration within the bachelor of arts in environmental science degree program or within the bachelor of science in biology degree program, since they share many of the same required courses. Students in the pre-med program can also focus on chiropractic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry.

Pre-Medicine Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Physicians and surgeons held about 661,400 jobs in 2008; approximately 12 percent were self-employed. About 53 percent of wage–and-salary physicians and surgeons worked in offices of physicians, and 19 percent were employed by hospitals. Others practiced in federal, state, and local governments, educational services, and outpatient care centers...

Earnings of physicians and surgeons are among the highest of any occupation. According to the Medical Group Management Association's Physician Compensation and Production Survey, median total compensation for physicians varied by their type of practice. In 2008, physicians practicing primary care had total median annual compensation of $186,044, and physicians practicing in medical specialties earned total median annual compensation of $339,738.

Self-employed physicians—those who own or are part owners of their medical practice—generally have higher median incomes than salaried physicians. Earnings vary according to number of years in practice, geographic region, hours worked, skill, personality, and professional reputation. Self-employed physicians and surgeons must provide for their own health insurance and retirement."

Below is a typical four-year course of study for pre-med students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests and concentration.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Principles Of Biology I Principles Of Biology II
Reading & Writing Strategies Chemistry II
Chemistry I Survey of Economics
Intro Decision Support Systems Argument & Research
Humanities: Art and Music Pre-Calculus
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Organic Chemistry I Organic Chemistry II
Botany Zoology
Principles of Sociology Business Professional Communication
Public Speaking and Persuasion General Physics I
Calculus W/Analytic Geometry I  
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Ecology Fundamentals Cell and Molecular Biology
General Physics II Microbiology
Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy Comparative Vertebrae Physiology
Open Elective                       World Civilization I
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
World Literature Embryology
Human Genetics Senior Thesis/Internship
Statistics         General Psychology
Biochemistry Neuroscience
MCAT Prep A                                 MCAT Prep B

RMU's articulation agreements provide qualified students automatic admission into medical school upon graduation from Robert Morris.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Linkage Program
If you're looking to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, RMU offers the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Linkage Program.

The program, which reserves 10 places for RMU students each year, is a 4+4 linkage agreement, meaning you'll complete four years of undergraduate study and receive a bachelor's degree from RMU before attending LECOM in Erie, Pa., for four years of medical school.

Once you receive your bachelor's degree, you'll enter LECOM's Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree program. This unique program allows you to choose from three student-centered learning pathways: traditional lecture-discussion courses; small-group, problem-based learning; and independent study based on self-directed learning modules.

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) Linkage Program

For students interested in a career in the chiropractic field, RMU is proud to offer an articulation agreement with NYCC.

This 4+3 linkage program allows you to earn both an RMU degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from NYCC in just 7 years. You'll complete four years of undergraduate study and earn your bachelor's degree from RMU before spending three years at NYCC for chiropractic school. 

The articulation agreement assures your acceptance into NYCC's D.C. program provided that you graduate from RMU with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Doing so also guarantees you a $1,500 merit scholarship from NYCC. Before the end of your sophomore year at RMU, you'll submit a letter of intent to NYCC, stating your desired date of entrance to the Seneca Falls, NY, institution. You'll then apply for admission to NYCC one year before your desired entrance date, going through all normal application procedures.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Linkage Program
This valuable collaboration with the Davenport, Iowa, institution gives you the opportunity to earn an RMU undergraduate degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in just seven years. In this 3+4 linkage agreement, you’ll complete three years of undergraduate study at RMU followed by four years of study at PCC. You'll receive your bachelor's degree from RMU after completing your first year of medical training at PCC.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Linkage Program
This 4+4 linkage gives students an edge in the highly competitive field of medicine, providing an excellent undergraduate education and valuable hands-on training. Each year, up to 10 students who meet all of the eligibility requirements will complete four years of education at RMU followed by four years of medical school at PCOM. Students are trained to become skilled, caring and successful physicians guided by the strengths of osteopathic principles that have been refined over a century of medical practice, teaching and research.

Students in the program complete two years of didactic coursework in Philadelphia and may have the option to return to western Pennsylvania for clinical rotations in the Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver and Sewickley as well as UPMC Shadyside and Excela Latrobe Area Hospital.

RMU's science programs have five new laboratories designated for study in Biology/Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. The science department also has three designated research areas. These laboratories have state-of-the-art instructional technology, including wireless connectivity and multimedia instruction. The life sciences have several existing analytical instruments that are currently incorporated into the curriculum. Students in the science program currently get exposed to Atomic Absorption spectroscopy, Ion chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, and more.
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Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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