Arcadia University offers many programs that satisfy the course requirements for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry and other health-related fields. 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. The Pre-Health advisers assist students with the application process and choice of schools.
The MCAT is currently being revised, with a planned release in 2015. The MCAT2015 will have four 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
The following courses are recommended to reflect these changes.
- BI 101, 102 General Biology I, II
- BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology or BI 205, 206 Human Anatomy, Human Physiology
- BI 340 or CH 303 Biochemistry
- CH 101, 102 Modern Chemical Concepts I, II or CH 111, 112 Conceptual Chemistry I, II
- CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions
- PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II or PH 211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II
- MA 141 Elementary Statistics
- MA 201 Calculus I (Calculus is required by some, but not all, medical and professional schools.)
- PY 111 Introduction to Psychology
- SO 101 Introductory Sociology
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 senior year for students planning to enter medical school immediately following graduation.
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:
- BI 204 Genetics
- BI 323 Microbiology
- BI 325 Neurobiology
- BI 325 Cell Biology
- BI 327 Histology
- BI 333 Molecular Biology
- CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis
- CH 303 Biochemistry or BI 340 Biochemistry
- SP 240 Spanish for Medical Careers
Advisers: Dr. Emanuele Curotto and Dr. Sheryl Smith