Academic Requirements

Clinical CorrelationA baccalaureate degree is required. Described below are the specific course requirements. Course work in these areas must be completed within the last six years and CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy these requirements. All required courses must be evaluated by traditional grading and not by a pass/fail system. Advanced placement credit in the required pre-requisite courses is accepted, however, the credit awarded must be stated on your transcript and AMCAS application.

Prerequisite courses must be taken at accredited colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who have graduated from foreign colleges must have completed a minimum of one full year of study in an American or Canadian college/university, prior to submitting their application.

Biology: A one-year general biology or zoology course, with a laboratory component is required. Students wishing to pursue additional course work in the biological sciences should consider genetics, embryology, cell biology, or comparative anatomy.

Chemistry: One year of inorganic and one year of organic chemistry each with a lab are required. Students interested in advanced courses are advised to consider biochemistry or physical chemistry.

Physics: A one year course in general physics with a lab is required.

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English: At least one year of college level English literature or composition is required. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the three domains of the English language which include reading, writing, and oral communications skills for a number of reasons. The rapid expansion of the volume of medical literature and published research requires the ability to read rapidly with sound comprehension. Reading aptitude is therefore essential for learning as a student as well as for ongoing lifelong learning as a medical professional. Future physicians must also be able to write clearly, accurately, and succinctly. Furthermore, the fundamental relationship between doctor and patient requires an ability to communicate verbally with empathy, clarity and respect. Finally, in professional relationships, the physician must communicate orally with other members of the health care team in a clear , concise, accurate and effective manner.

Additional Recommended Courses

Biochemistry: We are at an exciting time in medicine in which many diseases are becoming understood in terms of basic molecular processes. Biochemistry provides an important foundation for understanding how biological macromolecules perform the essential chemical processes required for life and health. A one or two semester course in Biochemistry is recommended in order to provide the student with a solid basis for investigating how molecular malfunction can result in disease.

Calculus: As the role of mathematics in the medical sciences continues to expand, a one year, introductory-level course in calculus is strongly advised.

Sociology/Psychology: Applicants will find that the study of sociology and psychology provides important perspectives on human behavior, the interface between medicine and society, and an understanding of individuals as part of communities and populations. Furthermore, as our nation's population is becoming increasingly diverse, the cultural, demographic, linguistic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of patients are also changing. Courses that develop social awareness and an ability to constructively address societal variables will promote the attitudes and skills required to deliver culturally sensitive care to an increasingly diverse community of patients.

Statistics: There has been a rapid growth in clinical and epidemiological research fueled by the need to identify and promote cost-effective, evidenced-based medical care. Students will find an understanding of statistical methods and terminology essential in critically analyzing these studies and constructively applying the findings to the study and practice of medicine.

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Computer Literacy: As electronic technology expands, medical information will be universally transmitted and managed using computerized systems. In order to optimally use and learn from the technological advances in medical documentation and information systems, applicants must have a working knowledge of desk top systems, common software packages (word processing, spreadsheets and data bases), and educational informatics.

Prospective applicants are advised to consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements which can be purchased through the Association of American Medical Colleges. This publication provides general recommendations concerning preparation for the study of medicine as well as the specific information about each accredited American and Canadian medical schools.