Premed Program Sequence
At APU, the Premedical program begins during the freshman year as students establish a solid foundation in English and in the sciences (general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus). Students should make it a priority to develop the work habits and the commitment to excellence that results in A grades in these core science courses. These courses, plus a semester of biochemistry, are a requirement for the majority of medical schools.
Typically, students apply to the “Premedical (Premed) Track” in spring of their sophomore year while taking 200-level biology and chemistry courses. The Department of Biology and Chemistry admits students to the Premed Track who have shown a serious commitment to preparing for a career in medicine, and who are performing at a level that would make acceptance into medical school a realistic possibility.
Admitted students progress through their college education with the fellowship and support of like-minded students, and benefit from academic advising from members of the Premedical Advisory Committee.
In their junior year, students in the Premed Track have the opportunity to take our in-house MCAT review course and the Premed Practicum course.
As seniors, Premed Track students prepare for the process of interviewing at medical schools by participating in mock interviews with the Premedical Advisory Committee. This experience culminates with the committee assisting each student with the application process and submitting a committee letter on his/her behalf.
Medical/Dental School Academic Prerequisites
In addition to APU's general studies requirements, the following is typical of the academic prerequisites required by most medical or dental schools:
*Meets general studies requirement.