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Planning a Program of Pre-Medical Studies

 

The St. Andrews Difference

Who is the Pre-Med Advisor and what do they do?

The Medical School Admissions Process

 

 

Helpful Links and Site of Interests

 

Return to the Pre-Medical program at  St. Andrews

Medical schools, in their many different forms, are post-baccalaureate programs requiring an undergraduate degree for admission. The mission of the St. Andrews Pre-Medical Program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain acceptance in a medical school of their choice and to later excel as a professional. There are many different career options available for students interested in pursing careers in health care. Students might consider eventually studying medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, or physician assisting among many other fields. Depending on the student’s interests, they might choose different paths of study while at St. Andrews.

The future medical professional needs to possess a diverse educational background so that they can bring a variety of talents and interests to the profession of their

choice. A student may choose any major course of study but should be aware that medical schools are looking for students with a strong foundation in natural sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. St. Andrews also cultivates the less tangible qualities and characteristics that admission officers are seeking because they ensure success in the highly challenging fields of health care. Though a distinctive, well rounded liberal education and the numerous opportunities beyond the classroom such as internships and study abroad, St. Andrews students develop invaluable characteristics such as community awareness, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. Regardless of what major a student interested in health care chooses to study at St. Andrews, the first two years of study should concentrate on the traditional basic science disciplines with a special emphasis on laboratory experiences that form an integral part of the science education process. This will allow students to be properly prepared for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the end of their junior year. The MCAT consists of four sections: 1) verbal reasoning, 2) physical sciences, 3) biological sciences and 4) writing abilities. The General Education program at St. Andrews helps prepare students for sections 1 and 4 while courses in the natural sciences help prepare students for sections 2 and 3. Throughout their four years at St. Andrews the student will also discuss various opportunities with their advisor, such as internships, and important deadlines for national exams and applications.

General Course Requirements

Almost all schools require a baccalaureate degree from a 4-year college.  Many community college courses are not counted.  Some schools make an exception if subsequent courses in the same field of study are taken at a 4-year college.  It is important to look at the individual requirements from the schools you wish to apply to, as most schools have the same basic requirements, but some have additional requirements.

For most schools, the minimal requirements include:

 

  • Two semesters of General Biology.  With accompanying laboratory course.

    • BIO 201 and 204 Concepts in Biology 1 & 2

  • Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab.

    • CHE 210 & 210 L Essential Concepts of Chemistry (General Chemistry I)

    • CHE 215 & 215L Introduction to Structural Inorganic Chemistry (General Chemistry II)

  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab.

    • CHE 220 & CHE 350 Introductory Organic Chemistry I and II

  • Two semesters of General Physics with lab.

    • PHY 201 & 202 College Physics or

    • PHY 211 & 212 General Physics

 

Some schools will require a Biochemistry course.

Schools will vary on math requirements, but some will require two semesters that may include Calculus.  Some schools will allow computer science or statistics courses to count.  It is important to check the math requirements for the schools you are applying to.

English or literature coursework is required by some schools, but most will likely be covered by courses in the St. Andrews General Education (SAGE) program.

 

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