Pursue your path to medicine: you’ll do that here.

Pre-medicine is not a major at Southeast Missouri State University, but it is possible to gain preparation for medical school while pursuing any academic major in the University.

Most students find that biology coursework required by medical schools, and for preparation for the MCAT, makes the biomedical sciences option in biology an attractive major. The Biology: Biomedical Sciences option is designed especially for students in the pre-health professions. Students wanting to follow a pre-medical path will meet with the pre-med advisor during their first semester at Southeast.  

What You'll Do

Medical school admission has been characterized for some years by more applicants than entering students. This trend will certainly continue for some years in the future. As a result, students should realistically prepare themselves for more than one career. Allied elective coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics can broaden career opportunities. A strong background in liberal arts is desirable.

Southeast’s graduates are accepted to medical school at consistently high rates. This level of preparation paired with Southeast’s affordable tuition has made it a desirable path to medical school, which is often lengthy and expensive.

Professional Partnerships

Our agreement with St. George’s University guarantees all SEMO graduates from the pre-medical or biomedical sciences programs who meet the requirements gain admission into its accredited School of Medicine.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $211k

    Family Medicine Physician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a family medicine physician is $211,300.

  • $214k

    General Internal Medicine Physician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a general internal medicine physician is $214,460.

  • $239k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a surgeon is $239,200.

What You’ll Study

Because there is no pre-medical degree, you’ll select another area to complete your undergraduate degree. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.



"I graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2018 and am a second-year resident now in cardiothoracic surgery at Indiana University. Residents and PAs/NPs have been reassigned specifically to COVID floors, nurses are functioning in areas they would not normally staff, and respiratory therapists are obviously an integral part of the response. There is a lot of anxiety and stress in the healthcare community but also a lot of pride. I believe medicine remains a great field to pursue. This current situation illustrates that it can at times be unpredictable, at times overwhelming, and, yes, at times dispiriting, the opportunity to care for patients at high levels is an immense privilege and rewarding career."

Dr. Patrick Vining

A portrait of 2013 alumnus, Dr. Patrick Vining.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through research opportunities and internships, including opportunities at Cape’s two world-class hospitals and some of the nation’s leading healthcare facilities in St. Louis.

Launching Extraordinary Careers

Southeast alumni have been accepted to some of the most competitive medical schools in the nation, including Harvard Medical, Vanderbilt, New York University, and the University of Missouri. Graduates have gone on to work at some of the country’s leading hospitals and in all fields of medicine. You may be getting the feeling we’re just a little bit proud, but read on and you’ll understand why!

“My most rewarding professional experience has been working with children who have cancer. Medicine is more than just doing your job. It is doing something small that has an impact on a personal level. I learned that it is more important to be significant than successful.” Nanci Burchell, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City 


“I get to help people all day, every day, doing something I find fascinating.”  Darren Allcock, Mercy Hospital Southeast 

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

“Southeast’s pre-med program is very strong. At no point in this selection process did I feel that I was ill-prepared compared to the pre-medical students from other schools. I believe we have great science professors and certainly strong advising.”

Andrew Valleroy, Alumnus

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