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Requirements/Recommendations for Admission to Allopathic Medical School

Although specifics vary from school to school, the following are usually required of applicants:

  • Biology (with labs) 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry (with labs) 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry (with labs) 2 semesters
  • Physics (with labs) 2 semesters
  • English 2 semesters
  • Math (e.g., Calculus) 1-2 semesters (varies with school)

Additional courses in the biological sciences are often recommended as well.

Completion of a baccalaureate degree is strongly recommended (if not required) in most cases. It is not necessary to obtain a degree in Biology (or any science) in order to apply to medical school; however completion of the above courses is required.

In addition to these courses, applicants are expected to take the MCAT (Medical College Application Test) which is given twice a year (usually April and August). The MCAT will asses the students knowledge in three basic areas: Verbal Reasoning, Biological Sciences (Biology and Organic Chemistry) and Physical Sciences (Physics and General Chemistry). The MCAT also includes a Writing Sample Section.

Evidence of exposure to the medical/clinical setting is also important. It is recommended that students wishing to attend medical school volunteer/work in a medical environment (hospital, clinic, physician’s office, etc.) and shadow physicians.