There is no universal set of requirements, but most programs require a core of prerequisite undergraduate courses that includes:
* (FYS and other writing-intensive courses can sometimes count, but policies vary from one institution to another)
A number of other courses are recommended before taking the MCAT exam (see below.) Because of the sequential nature of most science courses, students interested in medicine are strongly encouraged to enroll in introductory level chemistry (CHEM 110 or 120) and biology (BIOL 200) during their first semester at Wooster. Frequent communication with your academic advisor, members of the Pre-Health Advising Committee, and Pre-Health Coordinator will be helpful in ensuring that you are on track with your courses.
A common misconception is that medical schools require their applicants to major in "bio-something" as an undergraduate. While many pre-health students at Wooster find majors in Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to be convenient routes for completing the required coursework, a major outside of the sciences can reflect a commitment to the liberal arts. In fact, applicants with majors outside the biological sciences are accepted to medical school at a higher rate than those within the biological sciences. Recognizing that medical school is the time and place for learning medicine, the undergraduate major that prepares you the best is one in which you can do well and find fulfillment.
Strong grades, particularly in science and mathematics, are crucial. There is unfortunately no GPA that will guarantee acceptance, but some helpful data is shown below:
Resources such as the Medical Schools Admission Requirements (for M.D. programs) and AACOM College Information Book (for D.O. programs) provide detailed GPA and MCAT profiles for each medical school in the United States. National data for M.D. applicants, showing the admission rates of applicants with certain GPA and MCAT scores, is available at the AAMC Web site.
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