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Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
Premedical Adviser
xupremed@yahoo.com
(504) - 520-7437
Part-Time Staff
 
JW Carmichael, Jr.
Director of Premed Program
Professor of Chemistry
 
 
 
 

 

Premed

Basic Requirements for Med, Dent, etc. School & Schedule of What to do When (Info #5-updated 7/15/13)

This document is one in a series which provides basic information about mainline health professions and the Premedical Office at Xavier.

Basic Requirements for Entry Into U.S. Medical, Dental, and other Health Professions Schools: Many medical, dental, and related health professions schools have, at a minimum, four basic requirements for entry. They usually are:

  • Reasonable grades (mostly A's and B's) in 40 semester hours of basic mathematics and science including the following:
    • One year of Biology with laboratory (Biology 1230/1230Lb and 1240/1240Lb at XU)
    • One year of General Chemistry with laboratory (Chem 1010/1010Dr/1011Lb and 1020/1020Dr/1021Lb)
    • One year of Organic Chemistry with laboratory (Chem 2210/2210Dr/2230Lb and 2220/2220Dr/2240Lb)
    • One year of Physics with laboratory (Physics 2010/2010Lb and 2020/2020Lb at XU)
    • One year of college-level Mathematics (Most do NOT require calculus BUT a few do. Premedical students at XU who take calculus do so because it is a requirement for the XU degree toward which they are working)
    • A course in statistics (if statistics is not a math requirement for your major, you should make plans to take it as an elective preferably BEFORE the end of junior year)
    • SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ADVANCED PLACEMENT, ONLINE COURSES, and COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSES: Each specific health professions school has its own rules about required premedical coursework. To determine if REQUIRED coursework credit gained via Advanced Placement (AP), online, or community college will be ACCEPTED by the medical, dental, etc. schools that you are interested in applying to, please review admission requirement publications and/or contact individual medical, dental, etc. schools.
  • Reasonable scores on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), the DAT (Dental Admissions Test), or some similar standardized exam
  • Letters of evaluation from at least 3 college teachers, at least two in the sciences
  • A personal interview (by invitation only—if the first three look okay)
Other Requirements for Entry Into Some Medical, Dental and Related Health Professions Schools: Medical, dental, etc. schools may also have ADDITIONAL entry requirements. Students should refer to the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) book, ADEA Official Guide to Dental School book, or similar admission requirement publications for specific requirements. Students may also contact individual schools for requirement information. If additional requirements exist they may include:
  • One or more advanced science courses such as embryology, biochemistry, genetics, or physiology
  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology (e.g. Howard University College of Dentistry)
  • A course in psychology
  • A course in sociology
  • Writing-intensive courses such as English composition
  • One or more courses in zoology (for veterinary medicine)
  • A course in optics (for optometry)
  • Calculus I & II (e.g. Harvard Medical School)
  • A course in statistics
  • A course in which one must develop manual dexterity, e.g. sculpture or ceramics (for dental school)
  • A college degree

Students majoring in Biology-Premed, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed at Xavier generally meet any advanced requirements automatically if they are working toward a degree. However, students are advised to check specific entrance requirements for the schools in which they are interested during their sophomore year in order to make certain that all entrance requirements are met before entering medical, dental, etc. school. Admissions requirement publications by the various health professions schools accrediting organizations are available for your review in the Premedical Office (e.g. the AAMC's Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book). Additionally, information may be found by reviewing school-specific information on the internet or by contacting the school directly.

Additional Things Recommended By XU's Premedical Office Because They Improve Your Chance of Gaining Acceptance into Medical or Dental School:

  • A college degree—medical, dental, etc. schools generally don't require a degree but having a degree may suggest that you went beyond doing the "bare minimum" to prepare yourself academically for graduate or professional school.
  • Taking the MCAT, DAT, etc. during the spring of your Junior year of college so you have time to study and retake the test if you don't get the scores you want the first time.
  • Keeping your grades as high as possible (preferably above 3.0).
  • Applying to medical, dental, etc. school the summer before your last year of college-i.e. 15 months before you wish to enter.
  • Getting involved in some people-oriented activities while in college but not at the expense of your grades. With respect to grades, if they fall below a "3.0", drop everything but studying, studying, studying until they get back up.
  • Attend at least one summer enrichment or research program which has academic components (upper-level biology/chemistry courses or MCAT review or research) before applying to medical, dental, etc. school.
  • Participate in medical/clinical volunteer or shadowing opportunities to substantiate your interest in pursuing medicine, dentistry, etc. before applying to health professions schools.
Things Which Are Recommended by XU's Premedical Office Because They Improve Your Chance of Making It Through the TOUGH Medical, Dental, etc. School Curriculum:
  • Take AT LEAST three of the following five courses while in undergraduate school at XU:
    • Embryology with lab
    • Histology with lab
    • Comparative Anatomy with lab
    • Biochemistry I with lab
    • Anatomy & Physiology with lab
Here's a brief preview of what you should be doing and when you should be doing it if you wish to go to medical, dental, etc. school.

Year

What you should be doing

Freshman year

Take 1-2 of the basic science requirements

Check in with your academic adviser at least once per week

  Attend scheduled Premed Meetings (group and/or individual)

Check email daily and bulletin boards, signs, etc. in the Premed Office twice/week

  Research/Apply to summer programs (or secure valuable volunteer or shadowing opportunities)

Keep your grades UP (ALWAYS!!!)

Sophomore year

Take 2 more basic science requirements

  Attend scheduled Premed Meetings (group and/or individual)

Check email daily and bulletin boards, signs, etc. in the Premed Office twice/week

  Research/Apply to summer programs (or secure valuable volunteer or shadowing opportunities)

Keep your grades UP (ALWAYS!!!)

Junior year

Complete basic science requirements and begin taking upper-level science courses

  Complete non-science requirements or non-science recommended courses for the MCAT, DAT, etc.
  Check email daily and bulletin boards, signs, etc. in the Premed Office twice/week
  Attend scheduled Premed Meetings (group and/or individual)

Complete/Submit draft application components to Premed Office for review

Register for, study for, AND take the MCAT, DAT, etc. in the spring

  Research/Apply to summer programs (or secure valuable volunteer or shadowing opportunities)
 

Keep your grades UP (ALWAYS!!!

  Take professional school pictures
  Complete and submit your application to medical, dental, etc. school by July 1

Senior year

Complete any additional REQUIRED courses for entry into medical, dental, etc. school

 

Complete and return secondary applications as soon as they are received

  Attend scheduled Premed Meetings (group and/or individual)
  Check email daily and bulletin boards, signs, etc. in the Premed Office twice/week

Take interviews as soon as you get them (and prepare ADEQUATELY for them in advance)

Celebrate when you get accepted

Keep your grades up because the schools WILL withdraw acceptances if you let them slip

Get married because you need someone to support you in med school :-)

  Research various financial options for funding your medical school application
  Complete FAFSA or other financial documents for the schools you've been accepted into

Make a donation to XU's Premed Scholarship Fund to help others follow in your footsteps

Finally: Be reminded that it is strongly recommended that you attend at least one (1) summer enrichment or research program while at XU (and BEFORE you apply to medical, dental, etc. school). You should search the internet for summer enrichment or research program applications and/or keep copies of summer program information forwarded to students via email by the Premed Office. Participation in medical/clinical volunteer or shadowing opportunities to substantiate your interest in pursuing medicine, dentistry, etc. before applying to health professions schools is also encouraged BEFORE applying to health professions schools.

 
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