The customary prerequisites for the pre-medical field are: one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, one year of calculus, sociology, and psychology.
Clovis Community College recommends the following courses: CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, CHEM 28A, CHEM 29A, CHEM 28B, CHEM 29B, BIOL 11A, BIOL 11B, MATH 5A, MATH 5B, PHYS 2A, PHYS 2B or PHYS 4A, PHYS 4B, SOC 1A, and PSY 2.
Explore and research the Medical schools you are interested in attending
There are 7 University of California campuses that have a medical school program:
- University of California, Davis www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medschool
- University of California, Irvine www.som.uci.edu
- University of California, Los Angeles www.medsch.ucla.edu
- University of California, Merced www.prehealth.ucmerced.edu
- University of California, San Diego www.healthsciences.ucsd.edu
- University of California, San Francisco www.medschool.ucsf.edu
- University of California, Riverside www.medschool.ucr.edu
There are private colleges and out of state medical schools as well. Information is available by visiting these websites:
- Medical School Admission Requirement (MSAR): Gives you the requirements that need to be met for each medical school.
- Aspiring Doctors: A website that has resources to help you learn more about the Pre-medical field.
- American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS): Is the centralized application submission site you would use to submit your application materials to. Once they process your documents you would then hear from the prospective colleges you applied to.
Medical schools take a very close look at grades but a closer look at your Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores. Take the MCAT in April, the year you plan to apply or in August of the year before you plan to apply. Make sure you study for the MCAT.
Apply to Medical School
You can start working on the application in May. Application should be submitted by June. It is recommended that you submit your application during the first two weeks in June as admissions are based on a first come first serve basis, and is on a rolling admission. It is best to apply to at least ten schools. Find out how to apply to medial school with American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS).
You may be given the opportunity for an Interview. During your interview you may be asked questions that are related to the current and controversial issues surrounding the health field. You can learn more about those health issues at American Medical Association.
Other great opportunities you should look into are the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) a free six-week summer academy for freshmen and sophomore students to learn more about how to prepare for medical and dental school. Visit their website for eligibility and program requirements.
Interested in the Osteopathic field you can get more information about this field at: www.aacom.org
Medical School Pathway
The process of becoming a Medical Doctor starts with medical school. The first two years of Medical School’s Curriculum would consist of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology, and behavioral sciences. The third and fourth year is known as the clinical or clerkship years; where you are a part of the medical team and seeing patients. Once completed with medical school you would need to take the Graduate Medical Education (GME) test to obtain a license to practice medicine. Once you have the license you would need to apply for a Residency program and this may take an additional three to seven years, or more. Also, if you want to specialize in an area you can do a Fellowship and it takes an additional year to three years.
See a counselor to discuss your Pre-Med major and obtain a Student Education Plan (SEP) to show you the pathway to reach your goal. Make an appointment with a counselor by contacting the CCC Counseling Office at (559) 325-5230 for more information.