General Medical School Pre-Requisites

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents all 138 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. here are currently 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine, offering instruction at 37 locations in 28 states. Twenty-three of the COMs are private; six are public. 

Specific pre-requisite course requirements for these schools are published in Medical School Admissions Requirments (MSAR).  Copies of the MSAR can be checked out via the Dimensions loan library. In general, this coursework is required to enter medical school:

 

English

Sufficient to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements plus one upper-division (i.e. a 300 or a 400-level) course.

Mathematics

Calculus, statistics, and/or computer science is strongly recommended, and some medical schools have requirements in these areas.

Biological Sciences

One year of general biology with lab.

Chemistry**

1 year of General Chemistry with lab

1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab

1 semester of Biochemistry  This is an upper level Cornell course with many prerequisites.

Physics

1 year of Physics with lab (does not need to be Calculus-based).

Social Science**

Recommended:  1 semester of Introductory Psychology

1 semester of Introductory Sociology

 *Biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics are covered in the MCAT, so you will need more than the minimum classes to fully prepare for the test. Also, keep this in mind when scheduling classes and scheduling the MCAT!

 **For students who plan to take the MCAT in 2015 or later, we are recommending these courses to provide preparation for the revised MCAT. MCAT 2015 will include a new Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior content section and a revised natural science section which includes Biochemistry content.