Program Requirements

Physicians diagnose and treat disease. Most pre-medical students pursue undergraduate degrees in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry. Students are not restricted to these degrees, however, so long as they complete the required pre-medical coursework. Following their undergraduate education, students train for four years in medical school. Medical school training is then followed by three or more years of residency and fellowship training.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR ADMISSION BY MOST MEDICAL SCHOOLS
Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
General Chemistry I & II 8 CHE 111 & 111A
CHE 112 & 112A
Math placement 4 or higher
Principles of Biology I & II 8 BIO 111 & 111A
BIO 112 & 112A
 
Organic Chemistry I & II 8 CHE 211 & 211A
CHE 212 & 212A
CHE 112
General Physics I & II 8 PHY 201 & 201A
PHY 202 & 202A
MTH 185
Biochemistry & Biochem: Nucleic Acid Struct 8 CHE 325 & 325A
CHE 326 & 326A
CHE 212
Our Social World 3 SOC 103  
Introduction to Psychology 3 PSY 103  
Statistics I 3 MTH 174 MTH 098
Written Word 3 ENG 101  
Recommended COURSES
Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
Anatomy & Physiology I & II 8 BIO 201 & 201A
BIO 202 & 202A
BIO 111 & CHE 112
Microbiology 4 BIO 305 & 305A BIO 112 & CHE 112
Cell Biology 4 BIO 310 & 310A BIO 111, CHE 112
Genetics 4 BIO 320 & 320A BIO 111, CHE 112
CHE 211

The courses that are listed above are commonly required or recommended by graduate schools.  In addition to the specific courses that are listed above, students are expected to take core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.  Students who are interested in a particular school should refer to that school’s website for specific requirements.

HPAC Advisor:  Eric Johnson, PhD
Office:  SC 108C, 513-244-4308
Email:  eric.johnson@msj.edu

Admission Requirements

Medical School Admission Requirements

Most students who are admitted to medical school participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including: volunteer work, physician shadowing, and biomedical research.  Students apply to medical school through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The application process opens to students in early May of each year. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Most medical schools also require a secondary application that follows the initial AMCAS submission. Additional information is available at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

In order to apply to medical school, students are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is currently undergoing a significant revision that will be implemented in 2015. The revised test will be a six-hour computerized exam. It will include four multiple-choice sections (Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills). These sections will be scored individually on a scale from 1 to 15. The MCAT is offered several times from January through September. Students should take the exam 12-18 months before the expected date of entry to medical school. Additional information is available at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/.

Tri-state Schools

These summaries and course listings are intended to serve as guidelines. Please refer to the University Catalog at www.msj.edu/catalogs for the latest information on course listings.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***