School of Biomedical Sciences

Premedical Program

Completing Prerequisites with Trinity

Premedical | International 5-Year Program

Becoming a Doctor of Medicine

Trinity offers a comprehensive program to allow applicants from a myriad of backgrounds find the right way to prepare for a successful career in medicine. Whether through our 5-Year International Program (for international students) or through our undergraduate curriculum, you will find the right path to build a foundation for successful application to our Doctor of Medicine program.


The academic success of Trinity’s students is critical to achieving our mission, which is why our student learning approach is at the forefront of our academic model.

Undergraduate students attend classes in a year-round format (trimesters) building towards promotion to the MD program. The curriculum was designed with the same prerequisites U.S. students complete, giving students a level playing field for Step 1, Step 2 CK and residency. 

Other advantages include:

  • 2-3 terms of asynchronous learning completed online (number of undergraduate terms required depends on student prerequisites)
  • Final undergraduate term held on the medical school campus in St. Vincent (live instruction) 
  • Instruction from and interaction with the MD faculty
  • Test prep in the undergraduate program prepares you for an optimal score on exams
  • Low-risk/cost formula allows students to determine early in their educational career if medicine is the right career choice

Undergraduate Timeline

Program Entrance Requirements

5-Year International Entrance Requirements

  • Students who currently hold 3 or more Advanced Levels (specifically “A” or “B” grades in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Math)
  • Students who hold a minimum grade of 2 in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Math in CAPS Units 1 and 2
  • Students who hold a full International Baccalaureate Diploma with 3 high level sciences
  • 10 + 2 for India and Nepal with a score of 80% minimum in all classes
  • Students who have completed a Higher Secondary Certificate in a Sciences Stream including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Verbal, written, and conversational proficiency in English

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Program Advantages

  • The premedical curriculum is a hybrid program designed to prepare students with the necessary foundation and knowledge for successful advancement into the MD program. 
  • The asynchronous learning format allows students to study at their own pace within a structured timeline.
  • Students complete their first two or three terms online and then transition to the basic science campus on St. Vincent to complete the final term of study.
  • Online study offers many financial advantages for students.  
  • At Trinity, a superior education doesn’t come with a large price tag. We provide exceptional education at a cost that is affordable for students, making the dream of becoming an MD a reality.

Defined Program Objectives

  • Each course has learning objectives and includes a plan that will guide students through mastery of those modules.
  • The use of appropriate assessment tools to ensure students meet the required objectives.
  • Exams that assess student preparation, participation, critical thinking skills, and knowledge application.
  • Evaluation through various formats that assess each student’s capabilities to demonstrate problem-solving techniques.
  • Successful education of the required principles to prepare each student to advance to the MD program.

Enrollment in Trinity School of Medicine's Undergraduate Program will better prepare you for achieving residency and licensure in the United States.

Becoming an md

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acceptance into the MD or Doctor of Medicine program automatic if I pass my undergraduate courses?

Students who successfully complete all requirements of their undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no more than three (3) grades lower than a B will be considered for promotion to Trinity School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine degree program.

What is the advantage of Trinity’s 5-Year International Program?

Enrollment in Trinity School of Medicine’s 5-Year International Program will better prepare you for becoming a successful physician. Undergraduate students attend classes in a year-round format (trimesters), building towards promotion to the MD program in year two. The curriculum was designed with the same prerequisites U.S. students complete, giving students a level playing field for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and residency.


Other advantages include:

  • Instruction from and interaction with the MD faculty and students.
  • Undergraduate classes are held online, with the exception of the final term in the program.
  • Testing and preparation beginning in the undergraduate program to better prepare you for a strong score on NBME and USMLE type exams.
  • An early start on preparing for a strong score on the NBME and USMLE exams.
  • Opportunities in final term to shadow faculty and students at the hospital and be mentored by medical students and tutors who have mastered the basic science coursework of the MD program.
  • Ability to determine early in your studies if practicing medicine is the right choice for you.

Can non-English speakers apply?

While English does not need to be your native language, applicants must be proficient in the English language or pass a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. Students with non-English transcripts must have their credentials evaluated by World Education Services (WES), an accredited member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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Undergraduate courses available include but are not limited to the following:

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of biology. A chemical and molecular approach is used to study the structure and function of living organisms. It also deals with the principles of evolution, diversity of life, and ecosystems. Emphasis is given to various organ systems that work together to perform coordinated functions while contributing a particular function to the body.  3 credits

This course provides the necessary framework to learn the basic rules and elements of medical terms. The course will focus on how to break down medical terms into their components: prefix, suffix and root. By learning the individual parts of medical terms, students will be able to understand their origins, definitions and abbreviations in addition to pronunciation and spelling.  3 credits

This course provides a combination of computer science, systems, and communications to address computer literacy needed to effectively collect, manipulate, collaborate and publish health science information.         3 credits

This course covers the growth and development through the lifespan—including physical, cognitive and socioemotional changes through each stage of life. Students come to better understand psychological theories and concepts as they learn about key topics in each of these stages, including genetics, attachment, education, learning, disabilities, parenting, family life, moral development, illnesses, aging, generativity, and attitudes towards death and dying. 3 credits

This course provides basic concepts of microbiology with emphasis on microbial pathogenesis and immunity. Topics include the chemical and physical nature of human microbial pathogens, aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, development and spread of antibiotic resistance, disease transmission and host resistance. The course also illustrates the general principles and techniques of laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.  3 credits

This course introduces the concepts of epidemiology and focuses on the great epidemics of the world. The timelines of epidemics will be explored along with the causative factors influencing the progression of the disease and factors leading to decline of disease. 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure, function and regulation of the organ systems of the body and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content includes study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. The course covers the anatomical terminology to describe the basic structures of the human body. 3 credits

This course provides the basic concepts of the molecular architecture of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and organelles, including membrane structure and dynamics. Included are how these components are used to generate and utilize energy in cells during cell motility, division, cell cycle, adaptation, injury, and cell death. 3 credits

This course introduces the foundational theories that guide modern psychology and provides students with a conceptual framework for understanding the day to day applications of these principles. The course content includes the biology of behavior, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior and its therapies, social behavior and individual differences. 3 credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the function and regulation of the organ systems of the body and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis. Students receive a quantitative and integrated concept of sub-cellular, cellular and organ systems.  3 credits

This course gives students the opportunity to explore the world of medical concepts from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Students are provided with an apprenticeship in concept clarification, concept evaluation, and argument. They are taught the specific skills to inquire, reason, and make judgments. The history of medical ethics, major views regarding medical issues such as the conflicts between different types of benefits to patients, physician duties, or patient autonomy are discussed. 3 credits

This course introduces the students to the basic concepts of inheritance, populations, mutations, and techniques used to assess each of these.  3 credits

This course introduces students to the two types of research, qualitative and quantitative, and their associated research methods. Students will be provided with the skills needed to select the appropriate research design, carry out the research and perform the data analysis where necessary. 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of pharmacologic principles with an emphasis on therapeutic drug classification. For each therapeutic drug classification, basic mechanisms of drug actions, side effects, routes of administration, and common indications will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with common abbreviations and vocabulary terms related to drug therapy.  The course will prepare students to recognize major drugs. 3 credits

This course provides new students with an orientation to the college environment. It works to build more capable lifelong learners by combining conceptual knowledge with practical strategies and skills. With engaging content and a focus on applying course concepts to real-world situations, College Success is particularly helpful for first-generation students. 3 credits

This course provides students with the fundamental concepts of the chemical processes, enabling students to use chemical concepts in daily living and in the understanding of biochemistry. It covers matter, periodic table, writing and balancing chemical reactions, chemical composition and properties of compounds and modern atomic theory. It includes atomic structure, stoichiometry, understanding the symbols of elements and topics developed by thoughtful integration of laboratory and problem-based instruction. 3 credits

This course emphasizes the applications of chemistry in the field of medicine. Chemical reactions, equilibrium, acids and bases, conjugate acids and bases, thermodynamics, colligative properties of solutions, gas laws, electrochemistry and topics related to biochemistry are included. This course enables the students to improve their problem-solving skills and mathematical skills. The course structure is designed to enhance the connections between theory and practice by engaging students in sessions of integrated laboratory and lecture. 3 credits

This course covers basic principles of structure and nomenclature of organic compounds, both aliphatic and aromatic. It emphasizes the principles of chemical reactions of organic compounds and the synthesis or degradation of bio-molecules in human metabolism. Saturated hydrocarbons, unsaturated hydrocarbons, synthesis, properties and reactions of alcohols, identification of functional groups, hybridization of hydrocarbons, stereochemistry cis-trans isomerism and addition reactions are covered. Lab activities include the use of models for the design of hydrocarbon and isomer structures. Experiments such as purification or separation, physical characterization, reaction types, and synthesis of organic compounds are included.  3 credits

This course is a further study of the chemistry of carbon compounds from a functional group perspective. The course covers structure and nomenclature of specific organic compounds like thiols, aldehydes, ketones, amines, esters, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acids derivatives, benzene, phenol, Hofmann elimination reaction, Sn1, Sn2, E1 and E2 reactions. Emphasis is given on reactions, preparations, uses, and simple mechanisms and their biological application. Lab activities are focused on the detection and identification of the presence of the specific functional groups studied in the course in molecules of biomedical relevance as proteins, drugs, and others. 3 credits

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the biomolecules involved in the molecular architecture of eukaryotic cells and organelles. The course also describes the structural and functional properties of different biomolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids), the principles of bioenergetics, concepts of enzymology, and nutritional biochemistry. 3 credits

This course is designed for students needing to improve their proficiency in comprehension and expression of the English language used in the U.S. It provides an understanding of effective communication through writing and speaking methods. 3 credits

This course extends the skills of communication and critical thinking through additional analysis of reading and writing tasks to support skills development. 3 credits

Students learn the theoretical and practical skills they need to deliver effective, well-researched oral presentations. The course covers essential communication skills including listening and feedback, audience analysis, research and information literacy, and ethics.  It offers practical advice about making one’s voice heard (literally and figuratively), and introduces students to the major speech types, including informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. 3 credits

This course exposes students to the basic communication strategies such as speaking, listening, observing and memory training. 3 credits

This course builds on Communication Skills I and offers students practical experience in honing skills learned in Communication Skills I so as to develop interpersonal communication competency. 3 credits

This course provides the foundation for calculus. Trigonometry, exponential, logarithmic and polynomial functions are taught along with the concepts of limits and continuity. This course will include critical thinking and decision-making.  3 credits

Calculus deals with concepts of differentiation and integration and their applications. Students will learn to differentiate first principles and from the use of the Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules. They will also nudge up against the applications of maxima and minima. In integration, they will apply the definite integral, calculate areas and volume, do mathematical modeling, and solve differential equations. 3 credits

This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and analytical methods as applied to data in biomedical sciences. It emphasizes the basic concepts of quantitative analysis of data, and statistical inferences. Topics include: probability, frequency distributions, central tendency and dispersion; hypothesis testing, confidence intervals for means, variances and proportions; the chi-square statistics; data analysis and linear correlation. The course provides students a foundation to evaluate information critically. 3 credits

This course is a conceptual study of units and dimensions of physical quantities, vectors and kinematics, laws of motion and their applications, work and energy, properties of matter, sound, light and optics, gravitational motion, fluid mechanics and thermal physics. Students review the experimental methods associated with the basic laws of mechanics, vibration, circular motion, fluids, heat and thermal properties of materials.  3 credits

This course provides basic knowledge in biophysics. It enables the students to understand the concepts of human physiology. The course includes the study of electricity and magnetism, modern physics consisting of quantum physics, relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics and nuclear medicine. The course is designed to increase problem-solving and analytical thinking skills. Students will complete research projects on the physics and applications of lasers, x-rays, ultra sounds and MRI.

3 credits

This course is designed to help students learn key concepts in cognition that will aid in their academic success.  Course material introduces the concepts of reasoning, representation, cultural judgement, information literacy, and metacognitive reflection.  Students learn through conscious development of key skills by active learning instead of the accumulation of knowledge by memorization. All learning is applied in the review of research and the formulation of skills to aid in discerning viable and reliable sources of information.  3 credits

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