Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine -

Preliminary Information

Undergraduate Coursework ~ Standardized Tests ~ Recommended Extracurriculars

Undergraduate Coursework

Each medical school establishes a list of required courses for admission. Therefore, we recommend the following courses in order for students to meet the majority of requirements for medical school admission, to best prepare for the MCAT exam, and to best prepare for the medical school curriculum.  All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

  • 2 Semesters Biology with Lab
  • 2 Semesters Chemistry with Lab
  • 2 Semesters Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • 2 Semesters Physics with Lab
  • One semester of Biochemistry
  • One semester of Genetics
  • One course in Calculus (Calc I or higher)
  • One course in Statistics (Psych stats or Biostatistics will fulfill this requirement)
  • 2 Semesters English (a composition/writing intensive course is required)

Additionally, with a revised version of the MCAT in 2015, students who plan to take the exam in 2015 should take one course in Introduction to Psychology. They should also establish and understanding of concepts from Sociology. Students can elect to take an Introduction to Sociology course if their schedule permits, or otherwise read up on Sociology during summer months/while prepping for the exam.
Note: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology are not required for medical school. They are suggested for preparing for the new MCAT only.
Additional courses to further prepare students for medical school include:

  • Computer Science
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

Click Medical School Requirements to download the list of specific requirements published by each school.

Standardized Tests

For entrance into medical school, you will need to take the MCAT. Click the link for more information.

Recommended Extracurriculars

Having domestic clinical experience is essential when preparing and applying to medical school. In order to fully understand the field, one must expose themselves to working in clinical settings. Demonstrating a commitment to the field of medicine and working with patients is a key component of a competitive medical school application. Additionally, volunteer work of all types is encouraged.
Special note for DO interested students (taken from the osteopathic college information book): "Colleges of osteopathic medicine encourage applicants to learn about the professions by identifying an osteopathic physician to shadow. Many of the colleges require applicants to get to know a DO and request a letter of recommendation as part of the application process."


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