If you’re considering a career in healthcare, RMC staff and faculty will partner to help you ensure your work – in and outside the classroom – will leave you ready to apply to graduate school for medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or biomedical research. You’ll work with Randolph-Macon’s Director of Health Careers and Professional Development to create a personalized academic plan designed around your interests. And you’ll receive valuable advising on internship and original undergraduate research opportunities that prepare you for future healthcare graduate study, as well as help on your application to professional school – when the time comes!
RMC graduates have been admitted to top programs across the country including:
- The George Washington University School of Medicine
- Virginia Commonwealth University’s Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy
- Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Biological Chemistry
- The George Washington University School of Physical Therapy
- St. Louis University School of Medicine
Randolph-Macon has agreements with several professional schools that allow students to earn early provisional admission with a minimum GPA.
advising and mentorship
As part of the pre-health advising track at RMC, you’ll meet directly with the Director of Health Careers and Professional Development to guide you through coursework planning, extracurricular activities, and ultimately set you up for success in the professional school application process, admission test, and interview preparation. Together with your faculty advisor, you’ll develop the individual plan that works for you because each student’s academic journey is unique.
You’ll also find community in the pre-health society, a group that brings together students and alums to learn more about medical career options, the application process for professional schools, and opportunities to gain medical experience.
RMC offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course that is included in the cost of tuition for interested RMC students. The EMT certification is a great way to gain direct patient care experience to prepare for veterinary, pharmacy, dental and physical therapy programs.
Other volunteer opportunities include the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad and the St. James the Less Free Clinic in Ashland.
Internships in veterinary clinics, dental offices, pharmacies, physical therapy practices, healthcare systems, and other healthcare related organizations provide opportunities to confirm your passion and interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. Pre-health students have participated in internships at:
- Select Physical Therapy
- Progressive Dental of Mechanicsville
- Chickahominy Department of Health
- Pivot Physical Therapy
- Ashland Veterinary Hospital
- Ashland Family Dentistry
- Woodside Equine Clinic
Principles in Molecular Biology
What are genes and how do they and their products work? Learn essential principles of biochemistry and molecular biology and study genetic diseases, gene therapy, cancer, and traits.
Learn psychological theory, methodology, and research findings and study biological psychology, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, cognition, language, development, social psychology, personality, and psychopathology.
Study classical mechanics, waves, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Learn context-rich problem solving through laboratory investigation and computer modeling.
KETHELYNE BEAUVAIS ’15
“The career center & Josh Quinn helped me prepare for medical school interviews and enhance my networking skills. I was able to get connected with alum like Dr. Thomas Hubbard and volunteer at the Ashland St James the Less Free Clinic, gaining exposure and developing my love for family medicine while helping the community.”
Matthew Pulisic ’87, PT, DPT, OCS
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
katie adams ‘ 21
Connor Hoerr ’15
Aaron Perkins ’01, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMM, CSCS, CMTPT
Owner, Dominion Physical Therapy
COLIN BROOKER ’22
Candidate for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy
“Randolph-Macon provided me with awesome opportunities to explore the rehabilitation world through incredible internships, their amazing athletic training staff that answered all my questions, and the wonderful professors that were always so encouraging.”