Planning for Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Schools

Most medical, dental, and veterinary schools limit admission requirements to allow for students from a variety of undergraduate programs. All schools recognize the desirability of a broad education that includes a strong foundation in natural sciences, the basis for study and practice of health professions; communication skills, essential for developing successful relationships with the public and professionals; and social sciences and humanities, in order to better understand yourself and others.

Therefore, you should follow an undergraduate program that is as broad and comprehensive as possible in order to prepare for a career in a people-oriented profession in a changing society. Pursuing a double major in sciences is not advised if it is done at the expense of obtaining a broad education.

Common admission requirements include two years of chemistry, two years of biology, one year of physics, and one year of English. However, requirements of schools may vary. You should therefore consider individual requirements of schools and plan your curriculum accordingly.

Students who plan to go to professional schools should see an academic adviser before taking any course on a credit/no-credit basis. In addition, using AP credit for classes required by professional schools is not recommended.

Many students planning to attend medical, dental, or veterinary school major in biology, zoology, microbiology, chemistry or biochemistry.

A recommended program for your first year is:

BIO/MBI 115, 116 Biological Concepts (4, 4) or

BIO 113, 114 (4, 4) or

MTH 151, 251 (5, 4)

CHM 141, 142 College Chemistry (3, 3)

CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2) or

CHM 153, 161 (2, 2)

ENG 111, 112 Composition and Rhetoric, Composition and Literature (3, 3)

Electives (applying toward the College Requirement and Miami Plan)

Science courses are demanding and for many freshmen the first semester is a difficult period. Therefore, your electives should not be difficult courses for you.

During your sophomore and/or junior year, take organic chemistry and lab (CHM 241, 242 and 244, 245 or 251, 252 and 254, 255) and physics and lab (PHY 171, 172 and 173, 174 or 181, 182 and 183, 184). A year of biology (BIO/MBI 115, 116 or BIO 113, 114) should be taken sometime during your first two years.

Medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), dental schools require the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and most veterinary schools want the Graduate Record Exam. You are strongly urged to talk with a pre-professional adviser as early as possible in preparing for one of these careers.

For information, talk with one of our pre-medicine advisers in biology or in chemistry and biochemistry, microbiology, physics, or psychology. Pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary advisers are also in biology.

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