The pre-med advisors are:
Becoming a doctor requires a serious educational commitment. It typically takes from 11 to 16 years to complete your education, including four years of college (undergraduate school), four years of medical school and anywhere from three to eight years of training in a specific specialty area (residency training), depending on which specialty you choose to pursue. In order to maintain a medical license, doctors are also required to continue taking courses and learning about advancements in their field throughout their career.
There are more than 120 physician specialities in addition to primary care physicians and surgeons.
Attending Medical School at Ohio University
“HPU has given me the ‘bricks’ to help me build my foundation for a future career in medicine. From a rigorous academic course load to opportunities outside of the classroom, I have been stretched academically and personally to become the best version of myself each and every day.”
Attending the Creighton University School of Medicine
“Drs. Nikki Hughes and Kelli Sapp were my most impactful professors at HPU. Dr. Hughes’ enthusiasm toward her field and her students made learning biology genuinely enjoyable for me. And she always encouraged us to be creative, which can be a unique thing to find in a science teacher. Dr. Sapp was my pre-medical advisor, so she helped me navigate through the entire med school application process, and was basically my surrogate therapist whenever I needed some encouragement!”
Application to medical schools can be made after satisfactory completion of a minimum of three years of undergraduate study (90-96 credits). However, the majority of students accepted for medical study have already earned a bachelor’s degree.
Note: Although most schools state that 1 year general biology is required, many state that Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Genetics, etc would satisfy as an “advanced biology” course.
Note: Required by all medical schools.
Note: Required by all medical schools.
Note: Biochemistry is on the MCAT 2015, therefore many schools are beginning to require at least 1 semester of Biochemistry.
Note: Required by all medical schools. Some schools require calculus-based physics (PHY 2010/2020).
Note: While a complete understanding of Pre-calculus/trigonometry is required, many medical schools prefer a student to have Calculus (MTH 1410).
Note: Psychological concepts are on the MCAT 2015. Additionally, sociological concepts are also included in Section 3 (Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior) of the MCAT so SOA 1010 is highly recommended as a social science for the general education core.
Note: Many schools want to see writing-intensive classes. These courses are within the general education core.
Note: Statistics is on the MCAT 2015 so a specific statistics course is needed.
It is essential that each student planning to seek admission to a school of medicine be aware of the specific admission requirements for that particular medical school. Requirements vary. Full information is available in the annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical School Admission Requirements.
Below are some of the medical programs that HPU students have shown interest in and any differences in their prerequisites:
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical College of Wisconsin
Miami Medical School
University of Florida Medical School
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (DO program)
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized multiple-choice test that has been a part of the medical school admissions process for more than 80 years. Each year, more than 85,000 students sit for the exam. Nearly all medical schools in the United States and several in Canada require MCAT scores, and many health professions and graduate programs now accept MCAT scores in lieu of other standardized tests. The MCAT exam tests examinees on the skills and knowledge that medical educators, physicians, medical students, and residents have identified as key prerequisites for success in medical school and practicing medicine. The content is divided into four sections:
In partnership with its member U.S. medical schools, the AAMC develops and administers the exam multiple times each year from late January through early September at hundreds of test sites throughout the United States and Canada, and in select locations throughout the world.
Plan to take the exam after you have completed the basic-level science courses that the exam covers—biological sciences, physics, organic and inorganic chemistry. Read over the MCAT exam content outlines to be sure you have covered all the topics and skills that are tested on the exam.
In most cases, you should take the exam in the calendar year prior to the year in which you plan to enter medical school. Testing early in the year is a good idea, especially if you think you will need to retake the exam. It also gives admissions committees more time to review your application. However, if you plan to take a summer course that may help you on the MCAT exam, such as a science class, it may be best to take the exam in the later in the summer.
Remember, taking the exam when you are ready is most important.