What AP classes should I take if I want to work in the medical field?
Hi, I'm a ninth-grade student wanting to work in medicine. I am wondering if any AP courses are related to the medical field and if they would increase the chance of getting into a good college.
it's so exciting that you're interested in medicine!! There are AP courses are related to the medical field AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Calculus. These classes will definitely prepare you ahead of time since they are essential in college! Good luck!!
A. Michelle Hawkins
A. Michelle’s Answer
While AP definitely is a GPA boost and seems like it would help with college credit, it is not a guaranteed option like dual credit is. I know that the DFW area school district I work in offers courses through UT Austin called OnRamps, and is essentially a college course through UT presented by a teacher on your campus. I would ask if that is available in your school or see if they would be willing to consider adding it. The benefit to taking those courses vs. just dual credit through a community college is that the university level material is generally more challenging than what the community college would offer.
Dual credit classes, which are genuine college courses offered at local universities, can provide a strong foundation for any degree. You can take math and science as well as other general education. The plus is by passing the course you will a certain number of credits each year, giving you a head start on your college education.
Many high schools also offer health-related certification programs, such as phlebotomy, medical assisting, and veterinary tech. Earning a certification while still in high school can give you invaluable experience in the healthcare industry. It can help you determine your career path and provide networking opportunities with professionals who can offer mentorship and potentially write letters of recommendation for future internships.
My reservations about AP classes stem from my experiences with students who have struggled with the coursework and exams. Some students invest significant time and effort into AP classes, only to find that they don't earn college credit because they didn't score high enough on the exam. This can lead to feelings of discouragement and self-doubt about their ability to succeed in college. Others perform well on the exams, only to discover that their chosen college doesn't accept the AP course for credit.
However, AP classes can have their advantages. They can strengthen your college applications and demonstrate your ability to handle rigorous coursework, which can be crucial for gaining admission to highly selective colleges. If you're considering AP classes, it's important to research your prospective college's policies on AP credits. Also, some subjects may not be available for dual credit, making AP classes a viable option.
Ultimately, the best choice depends on your individual circumstances and goals. Whether you choose AP classes, dual credit options, or certificate programs, the key is to stay informed and make the decision that's right for you.