Courses required by most medical, dental and veterinary schools

  • Two semesters of intro biology with lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of general chemistry (or inorganic chemistry) with lab
  • Two semesters of physics with lab
  • One semester of Biochemistry
  • Two semesters of writing intensive courses in the English language (not necessarily in the English department - your W2's often can cover this one)
  • Two semesters of math
  • Psychology - on the MCAT (along with the sciences above) - not necessarily required by every med school
  • Sociology - on the MCAT (along with the sciences above) - not necessarily required by every med school

How do PA, PT, OT and Nursing programs differ from this?

  • Two semesters of intro biology with lab (PA, PT, OT, Nursing)
  • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology with labs (PA, PT, OT, Nursing)
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab (PA - one or two semesters)
  • Two semesters of general chemistry (or inorganic chemistry) with lab (PA, PT, OT, Nursing)
  • Two semesters of physics with lab (PT)
  • One semester of Biochemistry (many PA programs)
  • Two semesters of writing intensive courses in the English language (not necessarily in theEnglish department - your W2's often can cover this one) (PA, PT, OT, Nursing)
  • Two semesters of math - varies widely among specific programs.
  • Psychology - on the MCAT (along with the sciences above) - not necessarily required by everymed school (PA, PT, OT, Nursing)
  • Sociology - on the MCAT (along with the sciences above) - not necessarily required by everymed school - varies widely among specific programs