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Courses to Take Before Applying to Medical School

When it comes to preparing for medical school during your undergraduate experience, the courses that you take really depend on which medical schools you plan on applying to. While there are no technical requirements regarding you undergrad major, there are requirements as far as overall coursework goes.

However, your medical school research must begin early, as each school has different coursework requirements. Your coursework may not make or break your chances of being accepted, but the school will definitely get a good impression of your range of knowledge. You want to have a well rounded education before applying to medical school.

Getting Ahead

Some medical schools will look at your overall college coursework spread, including any credits that you earned in high school under AP or CLEP. However, many will not honor this, so be sure that you do your research in advance to make sure you don’t need to retake anything. If you do, you can always take a higher level course rather than repeating a course that you are already well versed in. This will make you look even better to a medical school admissions board.

Other than Coursework…

There are a few other elements of your education to consider other than coursework. These include clubs and organizations, honor societies, work experience and volunteer work. These types of experiences shoe your character to an admissions board. It is also a good idea to engage in some sort of specialized research program. Showing interest in any one or two particular areas of medicine will set you apart from other candidates who only have general educational experiences.

Courses to Consider

Below is a list of types of courses that you will want to have under your belt before applying to medical school. Be sure to take multiples of each type of course and take the highest levels that you feel comfortable with. Also, be intentional about getting involved with your professors and teaching assistants. You can get some great letters of recommendation this way:

  • Physics
  • Inorganic/General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English

Although a pre-med program is not a necessity to get accepted to medical school, if your school of choice for undergraduate school has one, it may be beneficial to take advantage of it, depending on your desired focus and your interests.

Take all opportunities possible to prepare you for medical school. You do not necessarily have to choose your discipline before being admitted; that is what your residency is for.

However, it is still important to be very intentional about your preparation in order to ensure acceptance.

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