Psychology and Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy

Students at Kent State can choose a Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy program, a pre-professional advising program that provides students with an opportunity to prepare for admission to medical school. Students in this program take courses that prepare them for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and for coursework in medical school. Students who choose this path can pair the pre-medicine curriculum with a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many students choose to pair the pre-medicine curriculum with a major in psychology. This can be particularly beneficial if you are interested in a medical career in psychiatry, -or pediatrics, among others.

The Department of Psychological Sciences offers many courses that could be beneficial to pre-med students including Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Biopsychology and others.  Potential benefits of majoring in psychology as a premed student include:

  • Opportunities for research experience in health psychology, clinical psychology, biopsychology and related fields.
  • Coursework in psychology that helps you understand patients, develop empathy, and learn about the role of mental disorders in treatment adherence.
  • Opportunities to learn about the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  • Extensive coursework focused on child growth and development.

If you are interested in learning more, contact the Psychology Pre-Med advisor, Dr. Jill Folk (

It is also strongly encouraged that you learn more about the Pre-Medicine Committee here.

Check out the links below for more information:

Link to the Kent State PRE-MEDICINE/PRE-OSTEOPATHY curriculum:

Pre-Medicine concentrations in Biology and Chemistry at KSU

Psychology vs. Psychiatry – What's the Difference?


Premed Planning

Premed Guide

Alex's Illicit Guide to Medical School Admissions

The American Medical College Application Service