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What degree do I need to pursue Radiology?


I'm currently a freshman in high school, and I care a lot about my future and especially my academics. I plan on doing early college for an associates and my dream school is UCLA. After I graduate from UCLA I hope to go back to my home state to attend UNC School of Medicine. My question is, what degree specifically do I need to have to go into the radiology field for medical school? Some schools I've looked at do not offer radiology as a major, but their med schools do. If I were to major in nursing or some med field related major instead, would I still be able to go into medical school for radiology specifically? #medicine #doctor #college #college-major #radiology #premed

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school apply for an internship followed by a 4 year radiology residency.

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Sanaz’s Answer

My word of advice to you would be to study whatever interests you in undergrad but one that you know you will be able to get the grades to get into medical school. Biology is a common route because it covers most of the pre reqs you need for getting into medical school. Then in your undergrad find a radiologist that you could shadow to gain some experience in. Then in medical school cater your electives in your 3rd and 4th year to radiology. But focus on getting the grades and the scores now to prepare you for it later :)

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.

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LaRita’s Answer

To start you need fantastic grades in Math and Science. Ace your college entrance exams (SAT, ACE, Etc). In school, start your Bachelors focused on the pre-med track. You'll apply for medical schools upon you finishing your Bachelors. Once medical school is complete you would need to complete a residency in radiology.

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Jaclyn’s Answer

To be a radiologist you need to get a Bachelors degree, go to medical school for 4 years to get your MD and then complete a 4 year residency (in addition to an intern year). I’m sure there are other pathways if you want to be a radiology tech, etc.