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College of Arts & Sciences

Pre-Medicine & Health Care


Dr. Erin Morris

Professor of Biology

Chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry

Boyd Science Center 228

Preparation for Life


This preprofessional program in medicine and health is not a major but rather a course of study that prepare students for graduate school.

Students who know they want to enter a science-related graduate program can take advanced course work in biology, biochemistry, human biology, chemistry and exercise science.

Individualized planning with an advisor tailors a program to fit our students’ interests and needs.

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Medical school preparation

Baker students are accepted into medical school at a 90% rate—more than double the 44% national average.

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Nursing student taking vitals of dental patient
Professor Molly Anderson working with her students during chemistry lab

Exceptional Experience


Dental School Acceptance

Over the past 10 years, 100% of Baker students who applied to dental school have been accepted.

Health Care Observation

Students preparing for a career in health care participate in shadowing experiences with health care professionals.

Original Research

Our lab courses feature student-designed research projects and most students in our science programs partner with a faculty member to pursue original projects.


Baker science graduates go on to become doctors, researchers, educators, and even water slide engineers. How does Baker prepare students for success after graduation? What are some of our recent alumni are doing now? Watch the video to find out!

Our pre-medicine and health curriculum prepares students for success in these graduate programs:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician’s assistant programs
  • Nursing
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Joanne M. Howard, PhD, Endowed Scholarship

The Joanne M. Howard, PhD, Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. The award may be renewed until graduation as long as the recipient continues to meet the criteria:

  • Meets FASFA financial-need requirements

  • Has a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintains it until graduation

  • Is of good character

  • Is considering a career in medicine (MD, DO, PA), pharmacy, professor of sciences, medical research, or pharmaceutical research

This scholarship was established to honor Joanne Morrison Howard, PhD, by her husband, Cleve, and her son, Nathan. Dr. Howard graduated from Baker University in 1962. She earned a master’s degree in 1966 and a doctoral degree in 1970 from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She taught at the University of Louisville Hospital and from 1976 to 2006 at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Department of Cell Biology.


“I am grateful to have received this endowed scholarship because it has shown me that I am capable of more than I ever thought I was. I am so thankful that I got to represent Joanne M. Howard and honor such an amazing woman. I am grateful to be able to represent women in science and humbled that I was chosen among a pool of my incredibly talented peers.”
—Skyler Bruck, 2021, human biology major



“Receiving the Joanne M. Howard Scholarship has created a positive impact on moving forward into the medical field. I feel very fortunate to have this solidify my passion for helping others as a physician assistant after completing my biochemistry degree here at Baker.”
—Abigail Richard, biochemistry major

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