Psychology and Pre-Medicine/Pre-Podiatry

What is the Pre-Medicine/Pre-Podiatry concentration?

Psychology BS students who wish to apply to medical school can declare the pre-medicine/pre-podiatry concentration which is designed to prepare students to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and meets the prerequisites required to apply to medical school. 
This path can be beneficial to students interested in careers in psychiatry, pediatrics, podiatry, as well as other medical specialties or for those interested in pursuing graduate training to become a physician assistant (PA). 

Courses and Benefits

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 ( or College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Advisor Erin Lawson (

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

Links to learn more:

Pre-Medicine concentrations in Biology and Chemistry at KSU

Therapist vs. Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist: What’s the Difference?

     What is the MCAT 
     Free MCAT Practice Tests  

Premed Planning

Premed Guide

The American Medical College Application Service

Cracking the Admissions Code: How to Get into Medical School