|Biology with lab, 2 semesters||BIOL 213/Cell Biology
|Anatomy and Physiology with lab, 2 semesters |
|BIOL 124 and 125 or BIOL 430 and 431
|Microbiology with lab, 1 semester|
|BIOL 305 and 306
|General Chemistry with lab, 2 semesters||CHEM 211 and 213
CHEM 212 and 214
|Organic Chemistry with lab, 2 semesters||CHEM 313 and 315
CHEM 314 and 318
|Biochemistry, 1 semester||BIOL 483 or CHEM 463
(Same course offered through different departments)
|College Physics with lab, 2 semesters||PHYS 243 and 244
PHYS 245 and 246
|English, 2 semesters*||ENGH 101
*Honors College students fulfill this through the Honors Curriculum
|Psychology, 1 semester||PSYC 100/Basic Concepts in Psychology|
|Sociology, 1 semester||SOCI 101/Introductory Sociology|
|Statistics, 1 semester||BIOL 214/Biostatistics or STAT 250/Statistics|
|Calculus, 1 semester|
Watch a video of the frequently asked questions and resources available on the website for students on the pre-medicine path.
According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, medicine is defined as “the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.” There are two paths to practicing medicine and becoming a doctor – allopathic medical school and osteopathic medical school. These are followed by residency in a specialization.
There are two paths to become a physician – either attending an allopathic (MD) program or an osteopathic (DO) program. Both programs offer the necessary science foundation and hands-on training through clinical rotations to prepare students for residency training and future careers in medicine. While both MD’s and DO’s treat diseases and conditions through medication, DO’s are holistic in their approach to treatment and focus on prevention and lifestyle changes. DO’s also receive additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). To learn more about DO education and OMT, visit the DO website. You can also download the DO Student Guide here.
Applying to Medical School
Admission to medical school is very competitive. The percentage of applicants who are accepted, nationally, varies from year to year but is generally less than 45% of the applicant pool. Accepted applicants nationally have an overall A or A- undergraduate grade point average. Accepted applicants also have good scores on the MCAT.
Students who feel they have realistic potential for acceptance to medical school should plan carefully to improve their chances. Some helpful guidelines are:
Central Application Services
Students applying to allopathic medical schools submit application materials through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Information regarding the AMCAS application process can be found online
Students applying to osteopathic medical schools submit application materials through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Information regarding the AACOMAS application process can be found online.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
According to up to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the “Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.” Information regarding the current MCAT is available online.
The MCAT is exam is offered multiple times of the year. Students are encouraged to take the MCAT when they are fully prepared
There are 4 MD programs in VA:
There are 2 DO programs in VA: