Christian medical schools in the United States are selective and choose only well-prepared students for their rigorous medical programs. If you're interested in applying to one of the country's top faith based medical schools, you may do so because the program would teach in a way that practices important Christian values. Or, you may choose to do so simply because the school has a good reputation, which many Christian colleges with medical programs do.

Prospective students who decide to go this route should peruse each school's prerequisites and application calendars to make sure their materials are in on time. Student must have completed a baccalaureate course of study that includes laboratory-based courses in chemistry, biology and physics. Most colleges also require English coursework with a focus on composition. Students must also submit Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores along with their application.

Creighton University School of Medicine

Creighton is a Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska, founded in the Catholic tradition of treating the whole person--mind, body and spirit. The School of Medicine has graduates practicing in all 50 states and possesses accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

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Residency programs include Colon-Rectal Surgery, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Radiology, and Surgery, with an additional joint residency program in Psychiatry offered with the University of Nebraska. Creighton University also provides fellowship programs in several areas of study for the qualified student.

The School of Medicine researches many cutting-edge medical topics including bacterial resistance, hearing loss, cancer, and bone health and bone loss. Prospective students should attain proficiency in Spanish because it can help you communicate with individuals who have come from a Spanish speaking country and have not yet acquired English. Formal interviews are required of every applicant before acceptance. Students are required to apply for financial aid, and the school awards scholarships based on need and on merit.

Creighton University School of Medicine 2500 California Plaza Omaha, NE 68178 (402) 280-2700 medschool.creighton.edu

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C., is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. The medical school has accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and has become a major international research university with a diverse student body.

Georgetown's faculty aspires to justice and the common good, to the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, and to intellectual openness. The 25 graduate programs include Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Radiology and more.

Georgetown offers many additional elective opportunities for medical students including serving under-served communities worldwide and summer remediation and enrichment. Georgetown also has designed an Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) Program for post-baccalaureate students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Graduate students can earn master's and doctoral degrees through Georgetown's Graduate School. The university encourages students to apply for financial aid and institutional grants, and some Georgetown students choose service scholarships to help finance their education.

Georgetown University School of Medicine 3900 Reservoir Road NW Medical Dental Building Box 571421 Washington, DC 20057 (202) 687-1154 som.georgetown.edu

Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine

Loyola University in Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit-Catholic university and holds accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Loyola describes its community as diverse, seeking God, and aiming to increase knowledge in the service of mankind through learning, justice and faith.

Medical students can choose from more than twenty fields of study including Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, Nephrology, Neurological Surgery and many more. Graduate students can earn one of several graduate degrees in the Biomedical Sciences. Loyola's research department conducts genetic research in autism spectrum disorder.

The university requires students to apply for financial aid, and offers scholarships based on academic performance and financial need.

Loyola University--Stritch School of Medicine 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 274-3000 stritch.luc.edu

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