High School Advanced Preparation
Preparation for medical school can begin as early as high school. Follow these four guidelines and review the specific pre-college recommended classes^ listed below.
Basic Preparation Guidelines
- Study as many different sciences as you can (e.g., a year each of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology).
- Take as many mathematics classes as you can.
- Study a foreign language as many years as you can.
- Develop as many computer skills as you can.
Pre-College Recommended Classes^
- 1 year biology
- 1 year chemistry
- At least 3 years of math, including basic and advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
- English (ability to write and read at the appropriate level, including understanding math word problems)
- Advanced biology or anatomy and physiology
- Computer sciences
- Social studies and history
- Medical terminology
- Critical thinking
- Logic (rational, deductive, and inductive reasoning)
- Professional behaviors (punctuality, attendance, attire, personal interactions with patients or health care team, etc.)
^Compiled by the APU premedical advisor based on a survey posted on the American Medical Association website.