Premedical/Prehealth Studies Requirements

Premedical Studies/Prehealth Requirements

The admission requirements for medical school and other health professions overlap significantly. The requirements described below are for medical school, but with the exception of a course or two the requirements will be very similar for all other health professions. The course requirements dictated by most medical schools are:

  • CHE 111/151    (1 year general chemistry with lab)
  • CHE 230/235 (1 year organic chemistry with lab)
  • BIO 101/102 (1 year biology with lab)
  • PHY 115/116 or 125/126 (1 year physics [either calculus or non-calculus] with lab)

In our experience, one year of biology leaves an applicant under prepared for medical school work and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  Note that the MCAT now tests for specific competencies, which include additional coursework.  Competitive applicants for medical school will have taken additional courses, especially:

  • BIO 3xx (Cell biology)
  • BIO 220 and BIO 224 (Genetics and lab)
  • BIO 360 (Principles of Physiology)
  • CHE 341 (Biochemistry: now required by 24 medical schools)
  • PSY 105 (Introduction to psychology)
  • MA 268/DMC 106/PSY 250 (Statistics)

Medical and professional schools may require 3 to 6 credits of mathematics (usually fulfilled by Calculus I and Statistics), as well as other humanities and social science courses, which can easily be met by fulfilling Goucher's liberal arts distribution requirements.

In addition to the tangible requirements listed above it is important that applicants to professional schools in the Health Sciences demonstrate a number of strong personal characteristics. These include, but are not limited to:  compassion, leadership, altruism, the ability to work with a wide range of individuals, and knowledge and experience with the profession of interest. To help students demonstrate these qualities we have relationships with several hospitals and community service volunteer sites in the Baltimore area.   

Preveterinary Studies Requirements

Goucher students who apply to veterinary school have had unusual success in being accepted at both state and private institutions. Veterinary school is also very competitive, as there are few veterinary schools and many applicants.

The key to admission to veterinary school is not only to maintain a very strong academic record, but also to obtain a good deal of experience working with animals in a veterinary practice. This last point cannot be overstated as veterinary schools look for applicants who have a demonstrated interest in veterinary medicine and as much practical experience as possible.

The course requirements for veterinary school are the same as those for medical school, with some additional coursework. Depending on where you apply, you may need to take additional coursework in microbiology, nutrition, or animal science.

The Premedical Committee

The Premedical Program is directed by the Premedical Committee, who will provide all of the information and advice you need regarding your academic program and application to professional schools. It is important for the committee to know students well, so please feel free to seek their advice at any time.