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Premedicine

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 medical schools require BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics, BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, and/or calculus. BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology, BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology, statistics, and Spanish are highly recommended. Starting in 2015, BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, PSYC 104 General Psychology, and SOC 104 Elements of Sociology will be needed for the new MCAT.

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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