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Premedical Professions Preparation

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Premedicine is a career interest rather than a major or formal program. Students prepare by taking courses to meet medical school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and volunteering or working in health care settings. They take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply for admission to medical schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Most people complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering medical school.

Medical schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training, followed by a 3-to-5-year residency program. The only medical school in Kansas is the KU School of Medicine.

Most medical schools require 2 semesters each of English (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102), chemistry with lab (CHEM 184 and CHEM 188), organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627), biology with lab (BIOL 150 and BIOL 152) and physics with lab (PHSX 114 and PHSX 115). Some require 1 or 2 semesters of calculus, and/or additional biology courses.

For more information, visit the website. Call 785-864-3500 to schedule an orientation or application meeting with the premedical adviser.

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