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Pre-Dentistry, Medicine & Veterinary

The medical field offers a wide array of career opportunities — that’s why you need a university that transforms your interests into an individualized path to success. Drake University offers many programs that will give you exceptional preparation for post-graduate study and a rewarding career in medicine.

Our 12:1 student-faculty ratio, flexible curriculum and emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities ensures you’ll be able to explore your areas of interest under the guidance of expert faculty members who are dedicated to maximizing your preparation for medical school.

Drake’s location in Des Moines provides a wealth of career and internship opportunities, particularly for students seeking work in the health care industry. Des Moines is home to five major hospitals, Iowa’s largest medical school, and numerous clinics, pharmacies, insurance companies and health-related businesses, government offices and nonprofit organizations.

Multiple Paths to Success

At Drake, the pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-veterinary and other pre-professional health care programs are course tracks that you can include in the curriculum of your major. We encourage you to major in the area that has the most appeal to you. Regardless of your area of study you’ll benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one attention from faculty, undergraduate research opportunities, access to internships and a wealth of other hands-on learning opportunities.

Popular majors for students who are on a pre-med, pre-dental or pre-vet track at Drake include:

Pre-Med Advisory Council

From your very first year at Drake, a Pre-Med Advisory Council will work with you on an individual basis to help you stand out on entrance exams and med school applications. You’ll receive guidance from dedicated faculty whether you’re in class, in lab, performing research or preparing for medical school. Often, your advisers will be the same professors who teach your preparatory courses. This relationship gives you the distinct advantage of detailed and personal recommendations.

Research + Internship Opportunities

To stand out to medical schools, you’ll need more than stellar grades. Undergraduate research is an invaluable asset for medical school and dental school applicants, and Drake offers numerous opportunities for you to help faculty members with their research and perform research of your own.

Many areas of study not only encourage but also require laboratory and research experiences in state of the art environments — like our new disease prevention and personalized medicine labs, which opened in spring 2011.

Outside the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable research skills through internships, partnerships with local hospitals and clinics, and participation in the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute.

You can display your work, and see the work of other students, during the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS). And if you want to see the world, you we’ll help you study and perform research abroad.

Student Organizations

Students with an interest in health care can participate in the AEΔ (Alpha Epsilon Delta) Premedical Honor Society and the Drake Pre-Medical Organization. In addition, Drake has a chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity (PhiDE), the only one in the state of Iowa. 

Post-Graduate Success

Our students are admitted to top medical schools and graduate schools around the country and the Midwest. Students in some departments are eligible for early enrollment to Des Moines University’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. For more information about career opportunities, areas of study, and applying to Drake, call 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x3181.


Admission Calendar and Events

Tour Drake...

Monday-Friday - Individual Visits

Oct. 9- Campus Preview Day

Oct. 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

Oct.20- Campus Preview Half-Day

 ...Drake on Tour


Sept. 24 -Pharmacy Tour: Chicago

Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Chicago


Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Kansas City


Oct.15 - Drake on the Road: Twin Cities


Oct.29 -Drake on the Road: Saint Louis