Commonly Required Courses and Qualifications


Medical Schools (check individual schools for variations)(+)

Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Organic Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Physics w/lab (2 semesters)
Calculus (1 semester)
Statistics (1 semester)
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English



Recommended
: Biochemistry (required by some schools), Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Ethics

Dental Schools (check individual schools for variations)(+)

Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Organic Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Physics w/lab (2 semesters)
Calculus and/or Statistics
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English


Recommended
: Biochemistry
, Additional Biology courses

Veterinary Schools (check individual schools for variations)(+)

Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
Upper Division Biology courses (varies)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Organic Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Physics w/lab (2 semesters)
Biochemistry (1 or 2 semesters)
Calculus/Statistics (2 semesters)
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English



Recommended: Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology

Physician Assistant Schools (check individual schools for variations)(+)

Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Anatomy & Physiology w/lab (2 semesters)
Microbiology w/lab (1 semester)
Calculus and/or Statistics
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English



Recommended: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physics

Nursing Schools (check individual schools for variations)(+)

General Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
Anatomy & Physiology w/lab (2 semesters)
Statistics (1 semester)
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English

Physical Therapy (check individual schools for variations)(+)

General Biology w/lab (2 semesters)
General Chemistry w/lab (2 semesters)
General Physics w/lab (2 semesters)
Anatomy & Physiology w/lab (2 semesters)
Statistics (1 semester)
Social/Behavioral Sciences
English



Qualifications for Admissions


When considering applying, you want to keep in mind some important factors that are critical to your candidacy for admission(+)

1. Your Major and GPA: Includes both science and non-science courses

2. Your Standardized Test Score:

Includes the MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE

3. Clinical/Health Care Exposure:

Sustained engagement in health care settings

4. Community Service:

Commitment to serving others (volunteer/extracurricular)

5. Leadership Qualities: Taking on responsibilities and deeper level of involvement
6. Letters of Recommendation: 3 to 5 letters required; a letter from two science faculty members and major faculty member strongly recommended
7. Strong MCAT Score

Prepare early and prepare often; use resources like MedEdPortal and be familiar with MCAT content. Follow these MCAT Test Day  Tips.


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Academic Experiences

Your course work prepares you for a career in health professions.