Traditional Pathway

 Advantages of the Traditional Pathway

The Traditional Pathway is a two-year, non-degree course of study designed to provide maximum focus on academic skill development and foundational knowledge in the sciences. This is our most popular program of study. Typically, about two-thirds of MEDPREP students in each class are in the traditional pathway. Advantages include:

  • The most focused curriculum for working on foundational knowledge and for improving academic skills.

  • The most focused curriculum for preparing for the MCAT or DAT exam.

  • The maximum number of credits in upper-division undergraduate coursework, compared to other MP tracks, for students desiring improved undergraduate GPA.

  • Pay tuition at the undergraduate student rate (SIU has one undergraduate tuition rate, for both in-state and out-of-state students).

  • All students accepted into MEDPREP are accepted into the traditional program; the graduate program tracks have additional fees and requirements.

MEDPREP learner

Direction and guidance

"My favorite thing about MEDPREP would be the lifelong relationships that you make and the support from faculty. This program will get you where you need to be with hard work. If you need a chance and want to be a doctor, MEDPREP is the way to go."

-Barra, Traditional Path

Self-directed learning

"I became a more self-directed learner. I learned the way I study best, how to manage stress levels, when to take a mental break and when to push forward even when I was mentally tired."

-Rashod, MPH-MP student

Building confidence, character

MEDPREP has helped Felicia with "character building."

"I now know more about myself academically, spiritually and personally. I have gained more confidence and am more accepting of my growth."

-Felicia, Traditional Pathway

Turning weaknesses into strengths

"Use this time to investigate what your deficiencies are and improve on them. Do what works well for you and use what you learn as additional tools. But most importantly, do not slack. Do not slack off for one second."

Diwante, Traditional Path

Make connections

"MEPDPREP helped to improve my studying skills and the way I process information. I got a better sense of what type of learner I am and then an opportunity to adjust. Here, you are forced to make those connections."

-Tara, MBS-MP student