At RMC, pre-med students are carefully guided by experienced faculty members to create an academic plan designed around your plans for medical school. Focused staff advising also begins early and helps connect you to opportunities to gain direct patient care, health-related, and community service experience. Later, faculty and staff work with closely with you to preparing your medical school application.

Each academic journey is different, and you’re encouraged to pursue your interests outside of the physical sciences and take advantage of Randolph-Macon’s excellent humanities programs, which helps equip graduates with an even greater problem-solving skillset in their journey to becoming an empathetic and insightful physician. 

pathways to your medical career The Future is Bright

(And we’re looking straight toward it!)
Medical student sitting on steps

medical school Admissions

RMC graduates have been admitted to top medical schools across the country including:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School School of Medicine  
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (Virginia and South Carolina Campuses)
  • University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine
  • Drexel University School of Medicine
  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical University of South Carolina

medical school early admission agreements

Pre-med advising track students have the incredible opportunity to gain provisional acceptance to the following medical schools with which Randolph-Macon has early admission agreements including: 

  • The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine
  • The Eastern Virginia Medical School

To be eligible to apply, pre-med advising track students

  • must perform exceptionally well academically throughout the first year and into the fall semester of sophomore year, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • must begin taking medical school prerequisite courses including biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics
  • engage in medical-related experience and/or community service experience 
  • take the MCAT admission test and achieve a minimum score
Student talking with RMC Physician Assistant students

The Dr. Paul Wornom Pre-Medicine Fellowship 

The Dr. Paul Wornom Pre-Medicine Fellowship provides a full-tuition scholarship for up to two exceptionally talented incoming first year students who have demonstrated a commitment to complete pre-med coursework and go on to medical school. Wornom Fellows have the same opportunities available to all RMC students pursuing the pre-med advising track including access to a dedicated pre-med advisor, opportunities to engage in shadowing and internships, and guided research with faculty members that may result in a summer research experience and in many cases, presentations at a conference and even publication in a journal. 

advising and mentorshiP

At RMC, all pre-med advising track students meet with the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee, a dedicated group of faculty advisors from the biology, chemistry and physics departments, who provide helpful feedback and guidance on your preparation for medical school. Committee faculty members work closely with you to help you become a more competitive medical school applicant, and gain the skills and experience to help you ultimately become a better physician. During the application process, the committee provides valuable support by drafting and submitting a letter on your behalf to your preferred medical schools. 

Their support is augmented throughout your journey by a staff advisor from the Edge Career Center, whose expertise and focus is on health careers.

2 students with a doctor alum at a networking event
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. 
Pre-med students observe a medical procedure

High-Impact Internships

Pre-med students commonly participate in internships, like one with Bon Secours.  As a student intern, you will observe on a rotation in departments throughout the Bon Secours health system. This program provides an incredible opportunity for you to engage directly with healthcare providers, learn more about the healthcare delivery system, and how each member contributes to patient care. 

Students also get hands-on experience as volunteers at a local free clinic or as EMTs. RMC offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course (included in the cost of tuition) for interested students, which is great way to gain the direct patient care experience that is often a crucial component to prepare for medical school programs. 

Student conducting a lab procedure

courses to consider
Pre-med students choose a variety of majors

(And that’s okay!)

BIOL 121


Develop the values, habits, and practices of a scientist. Learn how to make scientific observations and form hypotheses; plan and conduct experiments; display and interpret data; and communicate scientific results. Focus on major topics in biology such as organismal biology, evolution, and ecology. 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. 

Chem 261


Learn the fundamental facts, theories and nomenclature of organic compounds and their reactions. Study topics including structural theory, stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms, as applied to basic physical, chemical and spectroscopic properties of aliphatic, alicyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons, mono-, di-, and polyfunctional compounds.

MATH 111


Learn statistical inference and sufficient probability theory. Study elementary data analysis, elementary probability, discrete and continuous random variables, distributions, correlation and regression, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, confidence levels, and tests of significance. 

From Here To What you can do as a Pre-Med student at RMC

Ruth Shoge ʻ02

Ruth shoge ’02

Associate Clinical Professor/Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

“What stays with me the most from my time at RMC are the lasting relationships I made, leadership training, and time management… I always worked at least one job as a student and the ability to be able to juggle multiple tasks (in both your professional and personal life) becomes more useful as a working adult. RMC provided the right conditions that allowed me to thrive – small campus, dedicated professors, and friends with common interests and goals.”

Jeremy Lauer MD ’97

Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program
Randolph-Macon College

steve long MD ’82

Commonwealth Spine and Pain Specialists


Family Physician

Rebecca swan MD ’86

William Long Director in Pediatric Medical Education Professor of Pediatrics Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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