You can be confident in the quality of BJU’s premedical program—just take a look at our 25-year track record of success! More than 200 of our premed graduates have gone on to complete programs in medical schools. In fact, more than 80% of our premed /predent graduates are accepted into medical school within a year of graduating from BJU—that’s 35% higher than the national average.
Medicine and dentistry are all about analyzing and solving the problems of patients. Students in our program learn to think analytically at a very high level and regularly apply what they are learn to solving problems. The Premed program has been designed from the ground up to provide optimal preparation for medical or dental school programs.
Our gifted faculty and innovative problem-solving curriculum make BJU the top choice for a pre-medical/pre-dental education from a biblically faithful worldview.
Unlike many other schools, BJU offers a true premed program. Most programs that call themselves “premed programs” are actually biology programs with premed advising. In contrast, our curriculum is intentionally designed to give you the ideal combination of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ethics, psychology, and sociology that will prepare you to be an outstanding medical school prospect. You will learn how to think logically, analytically and, most of all biblically, about the concepts that matter most in medicine.
As a student in the BJU premed program, you will have a hands-on education that includes courses in our cadaver lab and a medical internship in the largest hospital system in South Carolina. Our program’s emphasis on physiology—how living things function—lays the foundation for thinking like a physician who knows how to diagnose and treat patients.
You will be taught by gifted faculty with superb academic credentials and advised by one of four experienced premed advisors who will help you negotiate the complex path to medical school admission. The premed/predent program also serves as excellent preparation for PA (physician assistant) and dental school.
To effectively work and minister in a medical field, you need more than just math and science skills. The liberal arts and Bible courses in the BJU core will round out your education. You will learn to communicate clearly through English and speech courses, and your biblical worldview will be strengthened by your Bible classes. The wide range of courses will equip you to effectively and compassionately minister to people from all walks of life.
The premed/predent program has a number of electives that allow you to focus your program. Students most commonly choose biology courses, such as bacteriology and virology, histology, immunology, and cell and molecular biology.
Matthew Snyder, ’97
United States Air Force and Air Force Medical Service
The undergraduate education I received at Bob Jones University provided me with a very solid foundation to future medical education and leadership roles.
A critical part of that education was and still is the dedication of the faculty to provide the highest caliber of teaching, the willingness to work with students on a one-on-one basis, and the ability to adjust to various learning styles of the students. The science faculty have all enthusiastically committed themselves to ensure each student performs at their highest capability and graduates with the knowledge base and necessary skills for future success. They also impart the importance of developing critical thinking skills necessary in the medical field. These principles play a key role in my current position as faculty and Assistant Program Director of Nellis Family Medicine Residency.
Since I attended BJU, the premed program has expanded its capability to provide education exceeding that of most undergraduate schools. In particular, providing premed students the experience of the human cadaver lab better prepares them for the rigors of Gross Anatomy in medical school. In addition, the program has also developed several research opportunities for students, filling a growing demand in the medical field. These experiences are rare at an undergraduate level and should be treasured.
John Borkert, ’08
Currently in residency in family medicine
So, whether I find myself examining a 33-week preterm infant in the NICU, scrubbed in a Caesarean section or simply performing a sports physical in the clinic, on a daily basis I am using the foundational building blocks that were instilled in me during my undergrad years at BJU.
As I reflect on the 6 years that have passed since being a premed major at BJU, I can’t help but appreciate the vast experiences and situations that have matured me into who I am now as a physician. As a medical student and now a family medicine resident training in full-spectrum family medicine, I have grown much in my knowledge of medicine. However, medical knowledge only goes so far when diagnosing and treating patients. Rather, it is the art of knowing how to think that will benefit a physician’s patients the most. I think this is what makes the BJU premed program unique and truly excellent.
The science faculty is dedicated to teaching its students how to think, and therefore giving a strong foundation for the next generation of Christian health professionals. They build this needed foundation through a Christian, Biblical worldview, and I am grateful.
Daniel Hindman, ’09
Recently entered residency in pediatric internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University
While most consider the academics of medical school to be the most daunting aspect of a medical education, the truth is that the worldview within which your learning takes place is a far greater challenge than the learning itself.
The facts themselves are often straightforward; the interpretation of those facts a labyrinthine maze complicated by our feeble minds and false hearts. In giving me a reliable and reasonable framework within which to learn, conceptualize, and apply the science and knowledge of the medical community, the teachers at Bob Jones University provided me with a sure foundation, a Rock upon which to build my future practice in medicine.
The most important tool a student needs in entering medical school is not an education, but a worldview. You can have the greatest education in the world, enter medical school, graduate with honors, accomplish feats of science and medicine, and yet cause far greater harm than good because the compass guiding your actions is wrong—your worldview is broken.
The teachers I learned from at BJU understood these things and taught us accordingly. Yes, they taught the material well. Yes, we can compete with the crowd. But more importantly, we know Him through whom all things were created, who is before all things, and in whom all things hold together. He is become to us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. And He is the One who through us ministers truth and love to a broken world.
The premed/predent program at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- Physician (Medical Doctor, MD)
- Osteopathic Physician (Doctor of Osteopathy, DO)
- Physician Assistant (PA)
- Dentist (DDS, DMD, orthodontist, periodontist, pedodontist)
- Forensic Pathologist
- Optometrist (OD, Doctor of Optometry)
Our graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs as a(n):
- Cancer researcher
- Resident in internal medicine at Yale
- Resident in plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins University
- Physician assistant
- Resident in interventional radiology
- Urology resident at Duke
- Principal investigator in aging research at University of Alabama-Birmingham
Since we launched our premed program 25 years ago, BJU graduates have been accepted in MD programs in 67 different medical schools in 28 states. In 2013 alone, thirteen of our premed graduates entered medical school. Our graduates have entered prestigious residency programs throughout the United States, including programs at Duke, Johns Hopkins and Yale.
A few medical schools our students have attended include:
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- University of Colorado School of Medicine
- George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
- University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine
- Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Greenville)
- University of Leipzig (Germany) School of Medicine
- Seoul (Korea) National University College of Medicine
- Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Georgetown University School of Dentistry
- Case Western University School of Dentistry
- University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
- Indiana University, School of Optometry
- Southern College of Optometry, Memphis
- Arcadia University (Physician Assistant)
- Medical University of South Carolina (Physician Assistant)
- Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
- Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine
You can find support, friendship and academic growth through the Premedical Association (PMA), a student organization that averages 100 members from freshmen to seniors. The PMA organizes trips to medical campuses, service opportunities at the local hospital and social events. The PMA also sponsors prominent speakers, such as Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the MRI.
The PMA is a supportive community that encourages peer mentoring and will come alongside you to help you navigate the rigors of a premed education, MCAT preparation, and medical school applications. Many students have made lasting friendships through the PMA that encourage them to succeed in their field and edify them in their walk with God.
Student Medical Internship
Practicing medicine requires real-life experience. BJU’s Student Medical Internship gives all premedical and predental students the opportunity to apply what they have learned to real-life settings. Not only does the experience help you make informed career and education choices, but it is also essential for admission into MD, DDS, and PA programs. Premed students complete a 40-hour internship through Greenville Health System’s multiple campuses. Predent students complete a 40-hour internship observing various dentists within the greater Greenville area.
Greenville Health System has a new summer educational opportunity: MedEx Academy. The Academy is an initiative to support students’ exploration of health-care careers and advanced training in health care. Internships in the Academy are competitively pursued by student from many universities in South Carolina and North Carolina because they are designed to give premed students a paid opportunity for shadowing, assisting, MCAT prep and research experience.
Medical Mission Trips
If you have a passion for ministry and medicine, you may be able to serve on one of BJU’s short-term medical mission trips. Each summer there are opportunities to participate with Dr. Marc Chetta, the Medical Missions Outreach, and Grace Dental and Medical Missions, Inc. These outreaches pull students outside of their comfort zones and encourage them to serve Christ through serving others.
BJU’s cadaver lab—taught by an experienced medical doctor—sets our premed/predent program apart from most undergraduate programs. The cadaver lab provides an immense, three-dimensional view of the human body and equips you with first-hand knowledge to prepare you for your career. Our students come to grips with anatomy and physiology in a Christian context so that they can grow in awe of their Creator and prepare themselves for the stringent academic expectations of medical, dental and graduate schools.
Cancer Research Lab
For students interested in cell biology, the Cancer Research Lab offers a summer Research Immersion (RIU) program. This is an unparalleled opportunity for undergraduates to improve their research skills. As part of a collaborative research team, you’ll test the anticancer properties of a variety of substances on several types of cancer cells. In addition, you’ll get experience in writing and applying for research grants.
All our science faculty have PhD or MD degrees in the specialties they teach. They bring a unique set of research experiences to the classroom and are committed to a biblical philosophy of science, including a firm belief in a recent, six-day Creation.
Our faculty are passionate about teaching, student-focused, and approachable—making time for their students in and out of the classroom. They consistently evaluate and refine their teaching skills and courses by taking part every summer in our Summer Institute in Teaching Science (SITS). Their desire is to develop students’ God-given abilities in the classroom, laboratory and field to equip them to serve Christ wherever He places them.
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Each student will:
- Observe and assess physicians/dentists in their ethical, professional and clinical environs, and also formulate a biblical philosophy of medicine.
- Analyze the interrelationship among basic life processes and substances from a biological, biochemical and biophysical perspective with special emphasis on the role of information and energy transduction.
- Critically and logically evaluate the limitations of science and the central concepts of neo-Darwinism and construct counter arguments against them.
- Interpret and critique experimental data and experimental designs, formulate testable hypotheses, and competently investigate hypotheses in the laboratory.
- Apply the relationship that exists between structure and function on the cellular, organ system, and human levels and make correct predictions of the failure of homeostatic mechanisms as well as the positioning of cells during development.
- Solve inheritance problems that demonstrate an understanding of fundamental transmission genetics and evaluate the role of epigenetic inheritance.
- Apply the central dogma of molecular biology as a limited explanatory model for information storage and regulation of gene expression.