What classes do you need to take to get into medical school? Here are the common medical school requirements that you find most anywhere:
Checklist of requirements for premeds:
- 1 year general biology
- 1 year general (inorganic) chemistry
- 1 year organic chemistry
- 1 year physics
(Each of the above must be taken with a lab)
In addition, you need to complete the following requirements for medical school:
- 1 year of English or Humanities
- 1 year of Mathematics, either a year of Calculus or a semester of Calculus and a semester of Statistics
And it’s a really good idea to complete these courses:
Some schools recommend you study a second language, so you’ll want to look into that possibility.
But Wait, There’s More!
MCAT 2015 is the name that the AAMC has given to a major revamp of the MCAT. Questions in the areas of psychology (behavioral sciences) and sociology (sociological sciences) will be added.
According to this article in the Duke Chronicle, this will mean an increased academic course load for premeds.
While this won’t impact applicants in 2013 or 2014, students applying in 2015 or later will be required to take this new MCAT, and consequently must consider revising their academic schedule now.
Expect that one or two classes in psychology, and one sociology class will become “recommended.” I’m guessing that, over time, these courses will be added by medical schools as part of their prerequisites.
At INQUARTA we recommend that once you get a firm grasp of the requirements, the next step is to learn how to present yourself as the most eligible candidate using the admissions techniques outlined in the Medical School Admissions Blueprint.