Pre-med majors engage with Assumption’s outstanding science programs and strong liberal arts curriculum that prepare you for the rigors of graduate school and a successful career in the health sciences.

Students interested in studying medicine engage with Assumption’s outstanding science programs and strong liberal arts curriculum that prepare you for the rigors of additional study and a successful career in the healthcare. You also will develop the observation, analysis, and communication skills, and personal moral compass you’ll need for professional success as a pre-med major.

Designed for flexibility, Assumption’s program combines a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Health Sciences with the Concentration in Pre-Clinical Health Professions.  This interdisciplinary concentration provides the student with the strong background in mathematics, science, and the social sciences necessary for successful graduate study in medicine.  Pre-med students work closely with Professor Steven Theroux, Assumption’s Health Professions Coordinator, to develop their course schedule in accordance with their professional ambitions and personal academic interests.

The array of science classes and laboratory credits available in our state-of-the-art Testa Science Center can fulfill the requirements for admission to the medical or professional school of your choice and internship opportunities with Worcester’s many life science organizations will prepare you for your career.

Program Contact

Steven Theroux, Ph.D

Professor of Biology
508-767-7545 Testa Science Center - Room 202

An Ideal Place To Learn

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Our highly credentialed professors work closely with you to plan your course of study. The array of science classes and laboratory credits available in our state-of-the-art Testa Science Center can fulfill the requirements for admission to the medical or professional school of your choice.

    Assumption also has established numerous agreements with a variety of health sciences graduate programs to provide a smooth transition from your undergraduate degree to entering the graduate school of your choice. In addition, we offer you many valuable opportunities to obtain hands-on experience in the life sciences industry of Worcester, Massachusetts.

    There also are faculty-student research opportunities right on campus. Academic rigor and practical experience provide Assumption students with noteworthy achievements for their graduate school applications.

    Courses Offered
    BIO 160 Concepts in Biology
    BIO 220 Genetics
    BIO 240 Human Anatomy
    BIO 250 OR BIO 340 Microbiology OR Cellular Biology
    BIO 370 Physiology
    CHE 131-132 General Chemistry I and II (Note CHE132 requires MAT114 or higher as a pre-requisite.)
    CHE 201-202 Organic Chemistry I and II
    CHE 414 Biochemistry
    MAT 114 OR MAT 117 Elementary Functions OR Calculus I
    PHY 201-202 General Physics I and II
    PSY 101 General Psychology Statistics
    PSY 265 OR SOC 300 OR ECO115
    HSC 100 Systems Approach to Delivering Health Care
    SOC 121 Principles of Sociology
    Course Descriptions

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Graduate and Medical School Placement

Assumption has a strong track record of preparing students for graduate school in the health sciences, and our students have been accepted at numerous medical schools and health professions programs throughout the United States.

Boston University School of Dental Medicine

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

National Institutes of Health post-baccalaureate fellowship

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Yale University

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.


To enhance your understanding of the health professions and increase the competitiveness of your graduate school applications, Assumption encourages pre-med students to engage in an internship. Assumption also offers a paid summer-research program for students. Worcester features innovative life sciences organizations and health care providers that seek motivated undergraduates to conduct research, observe patient care, and assist health professionals. Through an internship, you strengthen your knowledge, confidence, and professionalism, and you’ll also make important connections that may open doors to future careers. Some of the organizations Assumption students intern with include Blue Sky, Biotech, GLSynthesis Inc., Harvard University, New England Aquarium, Office of the Massachusetts Medical Examiner, Red Sox Assistant Medical Director and University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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