The 21-credit Pre-Medical Concentration is designed for students intending to apply to medical school after completion of their undergraduate engineering degree. Medical school admission requirements vary from school to school; however, most medical schools will expect you to have taken the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) and to have completed a set of prerequisite courses.
In addition to excelling in your coursework, it is essential to spend time with patients and to become familiar with the role of a physician. Clinical experiences may be paid or volunteer, and should involve opportunities for you to work directly with patients. In addition, shadowing various types of physicians will offer you a chance to observe their daily activities. Medical schools are most interested in applicants who possess excellent communication skills, leadership qualities and a dedication to serving others, as demonstrated in their choice of extra-curricular activities and work experiences.
Most medical schools require a C or above in all prerequisites. As these courses will be tested on the MCAT, if you earn a C or C+ in a pre-requisite course, you may want to repeat that course to master the material, or to take a more rigorous course in the same discipline to demonstrate your knowledge base.
Check the requirements at the medical schools you are interested in applying to, as some will not accept AP or IB credit to meet course prerequisites. If this is the case, and if you have AP or IB credit for any of the prerequisites, consider retaking the courses during college (at the honors level, when possible).
The following courses meet most medical school admission requirements: one year of human biology (with lab); one year of general physics (with lab); one year of English literature/composition (6-credit hours); once year of general chemistry (with lab); one year of organic chemistry (with lab); and two courses in college level mathematics (algebra or above). Students are encouraged to consider additional coursework in biochemistry, genetics, humanities and social sciences. Additionally, beginning in 2015, the MCAT began to test biochemistry, statistics, psychology and sociology content.
In addition to completing courses for the Pre-Medical Concentration, you should verify the prerequisites for each medical school you are interested in applying to.
Below are the credit hours required for students who choose the Pre-Medical Concentration:
Note: Beginning with the incoming class of Fall 2016, all courses in each e+ Concentration require a minimum grade of C.
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