Prerequisites

Medical School Requirements

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I had answered a question earlier on the website Quora that led me to writing this post that you can read by clicking here.  But I wanted to go a little more in-depth about one of the aspects of my answer.

Despite many people’s belief, there is absolutely no such thing as a specific major out there.  You can choose whatever degree that you want so long as you follow the pre medical school program as so outlined by the admissions board of any given medical school.  In this case I will share with you the medical school class requirements that you need to have taken by the time you matriculate into a particular medical school.

Some classes are required across the board, some are required by some schools while others only recommend taking them and then there are extra classes that are merely optional but will make you stand out a little more if you have taken them:

Classes Required by Most All US Accredited Medical Schools:

  • Biology w/ lab (6 to 8 credit hours)  ***MCAT Topic***
  • Chemistry w/ lab (6 to 8 credit hours)  ***MCAT Topic***
  • Organic Chemistry w/ lab (6 to 8 credit hours)  ***MCAT Topic***
  • Physics w/ lab (6 to 8 credit hours)  ***MCAT Topic***

Classes Required by Many, But Not All US Accredited Medical Schools:

  • Calculus
  • Statistics (Particularly Biostatistics)
  • Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology)  ***MCAT Topic***
  • Biochemistry w/lab  ***MCAT Topic***

Classes Required By Few Accredited Medical Schools (Optional for Most):

  • Zoology
  • Genetics/ Molecular Biology
  • Foreign Language (Some ask for Spanish specifically)
  • Creative Writing
  • Humanities

This comprehensive list covers most schools but to get one that is specifically tailored to the school that you want to go to, you should go to that school’s website yourself.

I also highlighted some of the topics that would appear on the MCAT so it would be helpful to take these classes to help you prepare to take the test.  Feel free to leave a comment and happy studying!

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