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MEDPREP provides an opportunity, in a supportive environment, for students to demonstrate their potential for success in health professions schools. The structured academic and personal support systems provided by program personnel facilitate the efforts of highly motivated MEDPREP students as they work to reach their goals.

MEDPREP is . . .

  • Opportunity
    The Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) was established in 1972 by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. It provides assistance to educationally and economically disadvantaged students in preparing for and achieving success in health professions schools. The program operates on a year-round basis, beginning in June of each year. It is open to postbaccalaureate students seeking assistance with pre-professional preparation. College juniors and seniors can also participate. MEDPREP participants are regular university students pursuing a special pre-professional program. About 72 students participate in the program annually.
  • Challenge
    The challenge for each MEDPREP student is to confront those behaviors and attitudes that have impeded the academic and personal growth requisite for successful matriculation and retention in professional school. Students are expected to work on developing science knowledge augmented by efficient and effective learning skills. Standards of acceptable preprofessional behavior apply in all situations, with peers, faculty, and others in the university and community.

    Each MEDPREP student receives assistance in developing an academic plan tailored to his/her specific needs. Students prepare their plans through consultation with MEDPREP advisors and participation in courses such as Orientation Seminar and Learning Skills. Faculty members are available for individual consultation and tutoring. Small group interaction and group study are encouraged.

MEDPREP Curriculum Overview

An individualized curriculum plan is prepared by the entering MEDPREP student and his/her advisor. It is based on the student's strengths and needs. Among the factors considered are the following:
  • Academic record
  • Student goals
  • Noncognitive traits
  • Work schedule

Most MEDPREP students engage in MCAT preparation and science background courses during the first year of program participation.  During the following year, while the student is applying to health professional school, he/she enrolls in enrichment courses.

A typical schedule for MEDPREP course work might be the following:

Year One Curriculum (Summer/Fall/Spring Semesters)


  • Orientation Seminar
  • Learning Skills
  • Convocation

MCAT Preparation Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Reasoning in Reading and Writing
  • Quantitative Skills

Campus Courses - Individualized course choice, i.e.:

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

Year Two Curriculum (Fall/Spring Semesters)


  • Convocation
  • Clinical Experience
Professional school enrichment courses
  • Hormonal Regulation
  • Medical Immunology
Campus Courses - Individualized course choice, i.e.:
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Pharmacology

Support Services

MEDPREP offers a variety of support services to assist students in meeting their goals

  • Individualized advisement
  • College courses geared toward MCAT/DAT preparation
  • Supportive instructors
  • Small classes
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling
  • Assistance with the professional school application process
  • Small-group study
  • Clinical experience exposure
  • Computer laboratory
  • Convocations
  • Noncompetitive, supportive environment

Additional Information:

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Please see the online application materials in the Application Process section.

You may also write us at:

MEDPREP Admissions
Wheeler Hall - Mail Code 4323
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
975 South Normal Avenue
Carbondale  IL  62901


Wheeler Hall

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