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2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Medical Program

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About the Pre-Medical Program

Arcadia University offers several routes for completion of the requirements for admission to schools of allopathic or osteopathic medicine.  While pre-medical students usually major in Biology or Chemistry, medical schools will accept students with excellent records regardless of major, provided they have a solid foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics. 

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is comprised of the following sections:

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems,
  2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems,
  3. Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Satisfactory performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required. The MCAT normally is taken in the spring of the junior year or the summer prior to the senior year for students planning to enter medical school immediately following graduation.

Recommended Electives

In addition to the minimum science courses, a strong background in the liberal arts and social sciences is recommended, as is volunteer work or an internship in a medical setting. Independent research is highly recommended in order to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Proficiency in the Spanish language, coursework in bioethics, and study abroad are all considered favorably by professional schools.

Other courses highly recommended as electives include:

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