A medical degree can start at SWCC!
You can start on your pre-medical degree by completing the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science, Specialization: Pre-Medical at SWCC. Make an appointment with the Science Pre-Medical advisor Georgia Householder, email@example.com
After completing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science Specialization: Pre-Medical, you will continue your pre-medical study by transferring to a four year school. Medical schools prefer candidates to have a bachelor's degree. You can declare a major in any subject at the four year school to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree which will require an additional twoRead More years of college. Your chosen major does not determine your success in being accepted to a medical school. After being accepted it will typically take four years to be awarded a Medical Degree (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) which does not include a residency which may take from three to eight years.
Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the medical schools you are interested in attending in order to insure you will meet all their criteria for admission.
The commonly accepted coursework requirements for medical school include a minimum of 1 year of:
General Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry with lab, English, Mathematics - Calculus and Statistics, Social Sciences – Psychology and Sociology
Some basic factors are:
Good undergraduate grades (overall GPA of 3.5)
Test scores (MCAT) which are very important
True interest in profession as demonstrated by shadowing or volunteering in the field
Exceptional communication and listening skills
Strong reference letters from professionals who know your character, as well as, your work ethic
The student should shadow physicians and ask questions about the profession. Physicians diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured. They take medical histories, perform physical examinations, conduct diagnostic tests, recommend and provide treatment, and advise patients on their overall health and well-being.Read More
There are 141 medical schools and 30 osteopathic schools in the United States.