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Is a kinesiology major an acceptable undergraduate program to earn a bachelor's degree in pursuing a career as a plastic surgeon?

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Looking it up online it appears there is no specific undergraduate major required as long as it's in the field of science. However, just to be safe I would like to know from professionals as well. #plastic-surgeon #college #academic-advising #medicine #healthcare

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Dominic’s Answer

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Hi! I would encourage you to choose a premedical major like chemistry or biology if you want to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon. The course work for a kinesiology degree often requires a lot of bio and chem classes but is really no substitute for actually majoring in either subject. Becoming a plastic surgeon requires you to complete medical school and earn your MD then complete a residency as a plastic surgeon in a hospital. A daunting task, I know. But you can do it! And a chem or bio major would be the best preparation for you to do so.

Dominic recommends the following next steps:

  • Choose either Biology or Chemistry as a college major.
  • Look into medical school prerequisites
  • Match up your undergraduate coursework to best meet those of the medical school prerequisites
  • Prep and take the MCAT Exam
  • Apply to a good number of medical programs
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Estelle’s Answer

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Any degree is valuable in your path to medical school as long as your work really hard, make great grades, and get good letters of recommendation. If kinesiology interests you, then go for it!
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and 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 physicians complete a residency for additional training. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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