Sauk Academic programs

Pre-Professional Medical

Requirements for admission to professional schools vary considerably depending on the profession and the school, for this reason, students planning to enter a professional school should seek specific information from the school they wish to attend. Specific entrance requirements for individual schools are available from the associations listed below.

American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Association of Medical Colleges
One Dupont Circle, N.W. Ste 200
Washington, DC 20036
American Optometric Association
Student Recruitment
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
American Veterinary
Medical Association
930 N. Meacham Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60172
American Dental Association
Education Association
NW Suite 6000
1625 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20036
Pre-Physician Assistant
American Academy of Physician Assistants
950 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1552
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810


This program outlines the basic freshman-sophomore level courses required by medical schools, dental schools, veterinary schools, and pharmacy schools. "Pre-Med" is not a major. Students planning to seek admission to medical schools, dental schools, or veterinary schools should work closely with academic advisors, because admission is highly competitive.

Effective Fall of 2016, the associate in science (A.S.) degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a bachelor of science degree in STEM related majors. As a result, A.S. degree does not include the entire General Education Core Curriculum. Therefore, students will need to complete MORE general education courses after transfer by completing the GECC curriculum while enrolled at the participating Illinois transfer institution OR fulfilling the general education requirements of their selected non-participating transfer institution.

Work and Employment

Doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and pharmacists work in private practice, hospitals, clinics and in university settings in a variety of specialty areas.

Special Considerations

Computer skills are valuable. Students should realize the importance of maintaining a high grade point average. Students should confer with advisors about the various specialized admissions tests required by medical schools, dental schools and veterinary schools.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2023-24 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required minimum number 64 credit hours.

Tuition $9,408.00 $23,040.00 $25,728.00
Fees $1,024.00 $1,024.00 $1,024.00
Course Fees * $200.00 * $200.00 * $200.00
Total Tuition and Fees $10,632.00 $24,264.00 $26,952.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.