Medical School Preparation (MD) Allopathic Medicine (DO) Osteopathic Medicine

Preparation for medical school requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed and that the applicant take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Students should note that the last administration of the "old" MCAT exam will be January 2015 and that the "new" MCAT will start being administered in January 2015. Most medical schools will continue to accept old MCAT scores for approximately the next three years, but it is crucial that students check with their target schools and not make any assumptions. Students preparing for the new MCAT exam should note that a significant portion of the exam is now psychosocial knowledge and that not all of the material will be covered in basic courses such as PSYC 101 and SOCI 101/201. Students should consider additional psychosocial courses and/or study supplemental material for this portion of the new MCAT.

You can choose any undergraduate major, provided that you include the required medical school prerequisite classes in your course of study. You must do very well academically in the area of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses.

Minimum Required Courses

  • General Chemistry (1 year with Labs)
    CHEM 121, 122
  • General Physics (1 year with Labs)
    PHYS 121,123
  • Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
    CHEM 221, 222
  • General Biology (1 year with Labs)
    Course recommendations dependent on major

Strongly Recommended Courses for MCAT Preparation

The minimum courses to do well on the MCAT and the minimum courses for medical school admission are NOT the same thing. Please note that MORE courses are needed for thorough MCAT preparation than are required for admission. The courses below are strongly recommended additions to your program of study to facilitate good MCAT performance.

  • Biochemistry (1 semester with Lab)
    CHEM 417
  • Cell Biology (1 semester with Lab)
    BIOL 350
  • Introductory Psychology (1 semester)
    PSYC 101
  • Anatomy and Physiology (1 year with Lab)
    BIOL 215, 216
  • Genetics (1 semester with Lab)
    BIOL 360 or 370
  • Introductory Sociology (1 semester)
    SOCI 101 or 201

Medical School applications will require a letter of recommendation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) at Salisbury University. In order to be eligible for this committee letter, you must file an interview application to HPAC by March 15 the semester before you plan to apply to medical school.

It is very important for a competitive applicant to have extracurricular activities. There are a wide range of possibilities. It is important that you have some type of clinical experience and most applicants have research experience as well. Medical schools want to be certain that you have knowledge of the field and job of the physician. Research or clinical experiences that you initiate or develop yourself are particularly rewarding and viewed very positively. Community and campus service, participation in organized sports or arts, leadership, and well developed personal interests are all important in the admission process.

Carlos Rivera-Pratts

Carlos Rivera-Pratts
Exercise Science Major
Chemistry Minor
University of Maryland Medical School

Nick Ross

Nick Ross
Biology Major
Chemistry & Psychology Minor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Bradenton Campus

Kathy Dunning

Kathy Dunning
Chemistry & Math Majors
Biology Minor
University of Maryland Medical School