Dimple Khona, MD, MBA, FAAP, IFMCP, ABOIM
Every doctor needs to know anatomy--you will learn it your first year in medical school. In order to become any doctors not just a pediatrician you will need to take a whole host of classes(organic chemistry, physiology etc) in college, get a 4 year degree and get good grades and good score on your MCAT. Then after you get into a medical school you will be exposed to a variety of specialties and you will have a better sense of what kind of doctor you want to be. Human anatomy is a small part of the education to become a doctor--be prepared to sacrifice your 20s in studying most through them--its delayed gratification if you want to be a doctor. Get into a 4 year college and major in computer science with minor in biology or physiology. Most of medicine is becoming automated and AI (artificial intelligence) will be taking on a much larger role.
Anatomy and Physiology (I and II) are are usually two of the courses required for medical school. They can be taken at community colleges, but you want to make sure that the college where you plan to finish your bachelors degree accepts the credit from the community college you plan to attend. Community college is good option to take some of the general education courses as they are usually cheaper than your 4 year colleges.
Yes, anatomy and physiology are necessary for entrance to medical school.
I have been an Emergency medical technician for 26 years and a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. My suggestion would be to take human anatomy and also get your EMT license because it will give you the ability of assessments and triage which is vital in any healthcare adventure.
Hello. I agree with Nathan’s answer. Take A&P and other science classes at a 4 year college. Best of luck.
Patricia R’s Answer
It can be a step in the right direction, especially since it's not the only anatomy class you'll be taking, in the long run.
Pre-med and medical school are very demanding - financially, physically, and emotionally. You may be dedicated to your goal, but Life may come along and change your timeline.
Much success in completing classes, courses, and university degrees is due to perseverance. Hang in there!