Do you have to be in a pre-medical if you want to go to medical school?
I have an interest in going to medical school but I'm not sure if I need to apply for a pre medical program. I don't know if I sould be applying for pre-medical now because I am a senior to college.
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Gwen Hardin, MS, PPS, APCC
Gwen Hardin,’s Answer
If you want to go to medical school you do not have to in a pre-medical program. Pre-med is not a college major but a program that offers classes geared towards medical school. You can choose whatever major you want in college or major in any science based major. You can also take science courses in college to help you gain gain knowledge and prepare for medical school as well. Medical schools want well rounded students over all. Volunteering in or doing any kind of local community involvement is also taken into consideration by medical schools. Hope this helps.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. 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. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
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