Prerequisites for Medical School
If you’re just starting out on this journey you might feel out of place when everyone refers to the prerequisites for medical school or discusses their prereq coursework. It’s a simple enough question, but many students feel silly asking it. Most medical schools will require you to take certain basic science coursework. Others will expand on this to include a few more courses. Knowing the prerequisites for medical school will help you plan your studies.
All schools will require you to have taken 2 semesters of biology with laboratory, 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory and 2 semesters of physics with laboratory. To maximize your chances these requirements should not be completed with AP courses unless you will take a more advanced course in the subject in college.
In addition some schools will require a semester or two of math (calculus) and a semester or two of writing intensive work (English courses, not creative writing).
While many schools do not officially require a baccalaureate degree very few students without an undergraduate degree are ever accepted.
Figuring out when and how to take these courses an coordinate them with MCAT study can really help set a young applicant apart from their more confused peers.
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