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Intensive Summer Program to Prepare Students for Med School Entrance Exam to be Led by Dr. Rick Murray

MCAT Prep Course, May 13-June 7, open to all who plan to apply to medical school in 2024-25

Dr. Richard C. Murray, Professor of BiologyCONWAY, Arkansas (December 4, 2023)—Hendrix College has announced that Professor of Biology Dr. Rick Murray will lead this summer’s MCAT Prep Course, a four-week intensive session geared toward undergraduates planning to take the MCAT within the next year. 

Murray earned his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and in 2003 joined the Hendrix faculty as a developmental biologist. His hiring was supported initially by a grant Hendrix received from the National Institutes of Health, which also gave Murray the opportunity to start a research lab on the third floor of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences. Much of his research focuses on the development of the nervous system. His time at Hendrix has included chairing the Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Program, the Neuroscience/Study of the Mind Program, and the Pre-Med Advising Committee.

“I really enjoy working with pre-med students and I think that our MCAT prep course does a great job of helping them to organize their studying, review the content, and develop the skills they need to be successful on the exam,” Murray said. “I’m excited to take on the role of course director and to be able to work with each student as they prepare for their future in the medical field.”

The MCAT Prep Course meets May 13 through June 7, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays excluding Memorial Day. It is geared toward current or recent college students who plan to apply to medical school within the coming year. Tuition for the course is $650, with a $50 discount available for Hendrix College students.

Participants will review core subjects included on the MCAT through in-class instruction with Hendrix College faculty, who will represent a variety of disciplinary areas such as biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and psychology. Faculty will also offer advice on medical school applications and interviews, along with proven test-taking strategies. Instructional approaches will emphasize practice so that participants can develop the stamina and skills to be successful on their MCAT and receive subject-specific feedback along the way. 

Students who have completed the course in past years have seen an average test score improvement of six points.

“The prep course raised my MCAT score 17 points from my diagnostic test and allowed me to reach and surpass even my most lofty of ‘stretch’ scores,” said Cole Bolen, a biochemistry/molecular biology major who took the course as an undergraduate student. “In short, the MCAT Prep Course is worth it. The course was the perfect vehicle for the studying that I needed.”

Campus housing is available to participants on a first-come, first-serve basis for an additional fee.

A set of Kaplan textbooks is required for the course. Books may be purchased as part of registration and provided upon arrival ($300) or students may purchase the books on their own and bring with them.

Prospective participants who qualify for the AAMC fee assistance program should contact Murray ( for information about tuition cost. Those with more general questions about the program or registration should contact Tim Purkiss,

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