Prerequisites

The courses listed below are those most commonly required for admission. The requirements of individual schools must be reviewed after the sophomore year. All require an admissions test. For curriculum guides and checklists, see link at left.

Medicine

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested)
  • 2 English writing courses
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics, for instance), biochemistry, foreign language.
  • Social Sciences 2 years
  • University of Washington pre-med requirements

  • 1. Courses must include a minimum of the following
    (this list is for your information and is not exhaustive)Social sciences, humanities or "human condition" - 4 semesters or 6 quarters.
    General types of courses that fulfill these requirements are: anthropology, classics, cultural studies/cross cultural studies, English literature, ethics, foreign language literature, history, philosophy, psychology, religion/theology, sociology, study abroad
  • Chemistry and biology - 6 semesters or 9 quarters.
    The subject matter in these courses must include college level chemistry and biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology/cell physiology, although applicants are not required to take courses with these specific titles.
  • Although a biochemistry course is not absolutely required, it is very strongly recommended. The Foundations curriculum is taught with the assumption that students arrive with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of molecular genetics and biochemistry, including structure and activity of genes and proteins, and intermediary metabolism. A comprehensive undergraduate biochemistry course is the most expedient way to gain this knowledge.
  • Physics.
    2 semesters or 3 quarters;
    OR
    1 semester or 2 quarters of physics; plus 1 semester or 2 quarters of calculus or linear algebra

Dentistry

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry), plus biochemistry, microbiology (at some schools)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested)
  • English writing
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics, for instance), 2nd English writing course, foreign language. Some schools are requiring Anatomy and Physiology.  Check schools you are interested in.

Veterinary Medicine

  • 3 courses of biology including genetics
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry), plus biochemistry
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested) plus statistics at some schools
  • English writing course

Podiatry

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested)
  • English writing course
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics, for instance), biochemistry, foreign language.

Optometry

  • 2 courses of general biology
  • 1 course of microbiology
  • 2 courses of human or animal anatomy and physiology (recommended at some schools)
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1course of biochemistry
  • 2 courses of physics (recommended)
  • Mathematics (calculus and statistics)
  • 2 English writing courses (most schools)
  • Psychology
  • Recommended: biochemistry, social sciences, computer science, business management.

Nursing
Requirements vary by type of nursing program. R.N., Accelerated BSN (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field), NP-Nurse Practitioner (nurses who have received masters level training beyond the R.N.), Masters (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field). Visit www.aacn.nche.edu, the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs to learn about specific program requirements.

Pharmacy
Generally, students follow this program for 2+ years before transferring to a college of pharmacy, where four more years are spent in the professional program leading to a PharmD degree. Students need to check individual schools' requirements.

  • 4 biology courses, including microbiology
  • 4 courses of chemistry, through organic
  • Mathematics to include calculus and statistics
  • 2 courses in physics, social science and humanities

Physician Assistant

Application to PA school is highly competitive.

Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.

You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.

The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:
Chemistry
Physiology
Anatomy
Microbiology
Biology

Many PA programs also require prior healthcare experience with hands-on patient care.

You can get healthcare experience by being a (not an exhaustive list):Medical assistant
Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Paramedic
Medic or medical corpsman
Peace Corps volunteer
Lab assistant/phlebotomist
Registered nurse
Emergency room technician
Surgical tech
Certified nursing assistant (CNA)

Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of healthcare experience before entering a program.