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!

Are you pre-med or pre-PA? Explore specific resources of pre-med and pre-physician assistant advising.

The Future is Bright

(And we’re looking straight toward it!)
RMC student standing in front of U of SC School of Medicine Greenville sign

Graduate Admissions

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.

The path to your healthcare career In and Beyond the Classroom

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. 

Hands-on Learning

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.

High-Impact internships

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 
  • NuMotion
  • Chickahominy Department of Health
  • Pivot Physical Therapy
  • Ashland Veterinary Hospital
  • Ashland Family Dentistry
  • Woodside Equine Clinic
Pre-health students work with patients during clinic
Students in white lab coats having a discussion while sitting at a round table

Courses to consider
Students come through a variety of majors

(And that’s okay!)

BIOL 123

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. 

PSYC 200

General Psychology

Learn psychological theory, methodology, and research findings and study biological psychology, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, cognition, language, development, social psychology, personality, and psychopathology. 

PHYS 151

Introductory Physics

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.

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Kethelyne Beauvais


Family Physician

“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

PA Student
Quinnipiac University

Connor Hoerr ’15


Aaron Perkins ’01, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMM, CSCS, CMTPT

Owner, Dominion Physical Therapy


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.”

Get Ready Discover Pre-Health at RMC.