Premed Program Sequence

Freshman Year

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.

Sophomore Year

Typically, prospective medical majors 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.

Junior Year

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.

Senior Year

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.

Preparing for Mock Interview

(For students accepted to Premed Track.)

The purpose of the mock interview is two-fold:

  1. To better prepare students for medical/dental school interviews.
  2. To assist the premedical/predental committee in preparing a committee letter to enhance the application.

To ensure these goals are met, Premed Track students should:

  1. Request letters of recommendation from faculty, MD, DO, research advisor, etc. in January of the application year.
  2. Ensure all letters of recommendation are sent to Dr. Spalding by April of the application year (prior to scheduling the mock interview).
  3. Schedule mock interviews should with Dr. Prosser in April of the application year.
  4. Start drafting their personal statement in January of the application year.
  5. Submit personal statements to the premedical/predental committee before or at the time of the mock interview if feedback is desired.

Medical/Dental School Academic Prerequisites

In addition to APU’s General Education requirements, view the typical academic prerequisites required by most medical or dental schools.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.