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Requirements

Medical, dental, and veterinary schools are quite standardized as far as academic entrance requirements are concerned. The following CC courses will meet the basic requirements for most programs, but always make sure to research the requirements of schools you're interested in. Download the printable version.


Courses Required by Associations:  MD, DO, Dental, Vet, Podiatry, Optometry, Pharmacy

AAMC, AACOM, ADEA, AAVMC, AACPM, ASCO, AACP

*NOTE:  Course requirements vary from each program and profession.  Please check course listing on the schools’ website.

  • Biology – 2 intro courses – BE 105, 106, 107(choose 1); MB131 and MB201(take both)
  • General Chemistry – 2 courses – CH107 and CH108
  • Organic Chemistry: 2 courses – CH250 and CH 251
  • Physics – 2 courses – PC 141 and PC142
  • English – 2 courses – 1 writing intensive; 1 literature based

Courses Highly Recommended by Med, Dental, Vet, etc. Schools

  • Biochemistry – 1 course – CH382 *Recommended for MCAT Preparation
  • Math – 2 courses – MA117; MA126; MA129 *Recommended for MCAT Preparation
  • Psychology – 1 course – PY100 *Recommended for MCAT Preparation
  • Genetics – 1 course – MB231
  • Anatomy – 1 course – HK204
  • Human Physiology – 1 course – HK321

     

Courses Required by Associations:  PA, PT, Nursing

PAEA, APTA, AACN

  • Biology – 1 intro course - MB131 and MB201(take both)
  • Microbiology – 1 course – BE107 (or MB320 and MB360)
  • General Chemistry – 2 courses – CH107 and Ch108
  • Organic Chemistry – 2 courses – CH250 and CH251 (not required for PT schools)
  • Physics – 2 courses – PC141 and PC142 (PT schools only)
  • English – 2 courses – 1 writing intensive; 1 literature based
  • Statistics – 1 course – MA117
  • Math – 1 course – MA126 or MA129
  • Psychology – 1 course – PY100 (some schools require 2 courses for PT & Nursing)
  • Basic Anatomy – 1 course – HK204
  • Human Physiology – 1 course – HK321 

Courses Highly Recommended by PA, PT and Nursing Schools

  • Biochemistry – 1 course: CH382 (**Nursing & PA)
  • Genetics – 1 course: MB231 (*Varies by school)

***NOTE: Dental, vet, PA, PT, and nursing schools generally require a microbiology course (with lab). BE107 can fulfill this requirement, or students may elect to take MB320 and MB360 to fulfill this requirement.

Exams

To determine the specific course requirements for a particular medical school or dental school, reference books are available in the Health Professions Advising Office. The MCAT, DAT, and GRE tests cover basic science, so the above courses should be completed before taking any exams.

The Career Center offers Princeton Review MCAT and GRE Test Prep each year during Dynamic Half Block. For more information on current offerings, visit coloradocollege.edu/halfblock.


CONTACT:  Jane Byrnes, MSA, Pre-Health Advisor; jane.byrnes@coloradocollege.edu

Veterinary schools may emphasize a science major requirement or favor graduates with a science degree. It is worth examining the admissions policy of any veterinary schools of interest.

Other health professions schools, including veterinary medicine, nursing, podiatry, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs, are likely to have other specific course requirements and are not as standardized as medical and dental school requirements. 

Students today are often waiting a year or more after graduation before applying to a health professions school. This does not put the applicant at a disadvantage; many medical schools look favorably upon applicants who have taken an extra year or two to mature and gain work experience, and who can thus make a better decision regarding a career in health professions.