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Can I major in accountancy and go to med school?

I chose accountancy because it's indemand but i know time will come, sooner or later my heart will find it's way to medicine because I really want to be a surgeon. Help me what to do if I graduate in bs accountancy and decided to go to med school after . Thank you for ur answer #premed #doctor #medicine #healthcare #help #medschool #accountancy

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Hsin’s Answer

Hi Avyanna,

Yes, it is definitely possible. It will require more work though. You will need to look at the requirements for admission into medical school, which will usually be math, chemistry and biology classes. For example, see https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/admissions-prerequisite-courses for the Harvard Medical School class requirements. Since many of these science classes will not be required for your accountancy degree, you would be taking on classwork that would be in addition to the work required for your accountancy degree.

I took the opposite path you are looking at, where I started with an unrelated major but ended up doing accountancy as a career. I had to take additional courses to get into accountancy after I had finished the major, so getting into a new career field is possible as long as you build yourself a strong foundation.

Best of luck,


Hsin recommends the following next steps:

Look into admission requirements for a few medical schools.
See which classes for your major overlap with the admission requirements for medical school.
Keep up a good grades.

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Jordyn’s Answer

Hi Avyanna,

I have a couple of questions for you:

What draws you to the business major? What draws you to medicine/science major?

I'd encourage you to focus your time and energy on what you really want to do. You're making a large investment while at school with your time and money. You can definitely major in business and still take prerequisite courses for med school. It will be important for you to talk to an academic advisor before and during your college career to make sure you're on track and spending your time wisely.

Someone once shared with me, passion is interest and engagement, which will lead to your work being meaningful for you. What topics are you interested and engaged in? Keep pursuing what your passionate about.

Jordyn recommends the following next steps:

Speak with an academic advisor at school you are pursuing.

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Molly’s Answer

Hi Avyanna,

You can major in both, however it will be very time consuming and expensive. I would think about what you would like to do with the Degrees. Is is to run a hospital? Then maybe you can go to medical school and minor in Accounting. Alternatively, maybe you can complete one degree and then move on to the next? If you do pursue both degrees, please make sure you consider the time commitment.

Also, I agree with Jake above when he says you should take some courses in both and see what you like. Additionally, try and intern in both as the classroom is very different from the real world.

Best of Luck!


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Jake’s Answer

Both accounting and medical school have a lot of specific requirement you need to meet in order to obtain an accounting degree or get into medical school. The fields don't have much in common so you'll essentially looking at a lot of classes to meet both requirements. In addition to accounting, you'll need a major in the science field, like biology, So bottom line, it's doable but it will be time consuming and expensive.

I started off in Engineering and then switched to accounting. Other than general college courses I had to start over when switching to accounting.

Jake recommends the following next steps:

Start taking courses in each field and see what you like better. You may quickly realize that one career path is more align with your interest/passions.

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Richard’s Answer

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

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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.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Avyanna! I agree with previous answers, in addition accounting as a backup plan is also a valuable step too. However, if you really want to become a surgeon or work in healthcare I agree to not give up on your dreams and work hard. Take your prerequisites and volunteer in a hospital if you can, because that will allow you to get more experience for the medical field. In the U.S. when you apply to medical school there is a good chance that the admissions committee may ask why you chose your major, so definitely be passionate about it and show interests as well. Estelle's answers in helping with finances is also helpful too and I definitely agree, you may even be able to use it to help with your future physician office or if you work in a hospital. I believe that different majors help in medicine because it's a field that is open to diversity and everyone can contribute from their own experiences; accounting, business, psychology, sociology, public health, language, literature, etc., these are just some majors that I believe can make a difference in medicine. As a last note make sure to meet with your premed adviser because there are courses to take and requirements to fulfill for medical school and they will help in guiding you on this path; and check out AAMC.org because they give tons of information for premedical students. Keep working hard!

Best of luck!

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Estelle’s Answer

Yes, you just need to complete the pre-med requirements along with your degree. That would probably help you manage your practice and finances after you finish med school.