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Pre-Medicine

Edna Steele, Advisor
Department of Biology

Each medical school determines its specific requirements for admissions. These requirements can be found in the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) guide published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. You may also find these admissions requirements online through the individual medical school’s website.

Both GPA and MCAT scores are critical but are not the only determinants for admission to medical school. Pre-Med students must complete the minimum science course work by the end of her junior year to prepare for medical school and the MCAT exam in April. Courses at Converse College that fulfill these requirements are:

CourseworkCredit Hours
Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 190 and CHM 310) 8 hours
Organic Chemistry (CHM 203-204) 8 hours
Quantitative Analysis (CHM 251) 4 hours
Biochemistry 4 hours
Physics (PHY 251-252) 8 hours
Biology (BIO 100 or 202) 8 hours
English (Composition and Literature) 3 hours
Mathematics (Algebra & Calculus) 6 hours
Psychology 3 hours


The MCAT is a standardized test of general knowledge of science courses and comprehensive skills in reading and writing. To do well on these tests students must have analytic skills and problem solving ability. Information about registration, test dates and exam related questions can be obtained from the MCAT website.

Active participation in health-related activities through Internships, volunteering or working in health clinics or shadowing doctors is also highly recommended. Such activities will help the applicant gain clinical experience and social responsibility. It will also help her determine if this type of career is right for her. Honors classes, independent study and research work are also taken into consideration in the admission process. They demonstrate scholarly, in-depth, and lifelong learning skills.

Early application to medical schools is important. Information on application deadlines and application forms can be obtained at the following websites:

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS)