What is the St. Andrews Difference?
When it comes to selecting a college that best prepares them for the ever-expanding health fields and its graduate schools, many students seek the advantages a small college offers: small classes, a close working relationship with faculty, and lots of hands-on experiences.
St. Andrews offers a solid liberal arts and sciences education that will serve you well when the time comes to apply for admission into one of the nation's medical schools. The curriculum is not merely a collection of courses, but a series of integrated educational experiences that facilitate your individual growth. The experiences you enjoy at St. Andrews allow you to develop a capacity for self-directed and self-motivated learning that will prepare you for a lifetime of study and practice within the medical fields. Medical schools look favorably at students who clearly illustrate the ability to think and problem solve from a variety of angles. St. Andrews’ commitment to the liberal arts and sciences education through the SAGE program serves you well when admission into medical school is your next goal. In order to broaden your educational experience, you are also urged to take part in the numerous internships that are available.
Regardless of what major a student interested in health care chooses to study at St. Andrews, the first two years of study should concentrate on the traditional basic science disciplines with a special emphasis on laboratory experiences that form an integral part of the science education process. This will allow you to be properly prepared for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the end of their junior year. The MCAT consists of four sections: 1) verbal reasoning, 2) physical sciences, 3) biological sciences and 4) writing abilities. The SAGE program of St. Andrews helps you prepare for sections 1 and 4 while courses in the natural sciences help you prepare for sections 2 and 3.
Internships are particularly important to a student pursuing a medical career. Not only do medical schools often require an internship experience before consideration for admission to their program, but internships also give you opportunities to experience aspects of the different medical fields directly. The experience gained from an internship is invaluable in helping to guide a student’s career choices.
Pre-med students have taken internships at private medical practices, hospitals, urgent care facilities, nursing homes and clinics. Successful internships have occurred at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst and Scotland Memorial Hospital, which is located close to St. Andrews.
It is the invaluable hands-on experience of an internship coupled with personal guidance and attention that helps prepare students for an exciting career in health care after their studies at St. Andrews.