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Medical and many dental schools are quite standardized as far as academic entrance requirements are concerned. The following CC courses will meet the basic requirements for most medical and dental schools:

Biology : Two courses -- any introductory Biology course (BY 10X) and BY 131 (Cell Biology) will usually satisfy requirements, but this is a bare minimum and most students will take more advanced Biology course work to prepare for the MCAT or DAT.

Chemistry : Four courses -- CH 107 and CH 108 (General Chemistry I and II), & CH 250 (Structures of Organic Molecules) and CH 251 (Reactions of Organic Molecules). CH 382 (Biochemistry I) is also helpful.

Physics : Two courses -- PC 141 and PC 142 (Introductory Physics I and II) or PC 241 and PC 242 (Introductory Classical Physics I and II). The latter two courses require calculus and are the courses required for students majoring in the physical sciences - math, physics or chemistry. However, the non-calculus physics, 141 and 142, will satisfy prerequisite requirements for all health professions schools.

English : Many medical schools will require at least one literature course, and some require an English composition course as well. CC students usually obtain enough writing experience in courses other than English so that most medical schools are satisfied and will waive the specific English composition requirement, but NOT the literature course.

Mathematics : Two courses -- MA 126 (Calculus I) and MA 128 (Calculus II), or MA 125 (Pre-Calculus & Calculus) and MA 126 (Calculus I) or any two college level courses, including statistics classes.

Additional recommended courses:
Biochemistry CH382 (highly recommended)
Genetics BY 231
Psychology PY100
Anatomy SC207
Physiology SC206

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. 

To determine the specific course requirements for a particular medical school or dental school, consult 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.

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, gain work experience, and thus make a better decision regarding a career in health professions.

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