A decision to pursue a career in medicine requires determination, hard work and personal sacrifice. Students need to commit a great deal of time to their academic, research and volunteer responsibilities. The development of organizational and interpersonal skills is also a necessity. It is important that students meet with the pre-med advisor to develop a comprehensive plan that includes all of these qualities. The first step is taking the required courses and achieving solid grades.
Please note that some medical schools have additional course requirements.
All majors - BIO 311
1 year (3 quarters of any English course)
1 year required by approximately 30% of the US medical schools (3 quarters of any mathematics courses)
Recommended elective course work: BIO 207, 208, 209, 211; any ethics or bio-ethics; any statistics; intro to psychology; Sociology 235 - Sociology of Health
NOTE: If you are waived from certain courses (e.g., English or mathematics courses), they do not count toward the credits that are required at some medical schools. Also, some medical schools will not accept AP credit in place of actual courses. Courses completed at a four year school are generally favored over courses from a community college.
*Subject to change
The action plan listed below can be used either for a four or five-year program at Drexel. If you are in a four-year program, collapse the advice from pre-junior and junior into one year.
Premed Action Plan