Pursue a Premedical/Predental Track at Azusa Pacific University
Students interested in this track should consider the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Pre-Health Professions Emphasis) programs to fulfill medical school and dental school requirements.
Program at a Glance
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- Students in second-year courses BIOL 280 and CHEM 252 who are planning to apply to medical or dental school may apply for APU's premedical/predental track.
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Gain Hands-on Experience
- Benefit from focused academic advising tailored toward your career goals.
- Prepare for grad school interviews via a mock interview with the premedical/predental committee
- Take a course that will prepare you to receive a high score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
By the Numbers
Students in this track have a high success rate for acceptance into medical and dental schools as they become familiar with the medical school or dental school admission process through personalized, step-by-step advising and a mock interview with the premedical/predental committee. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive a committee letter in support of their medical or dental school application.
Students interested in this track should consider the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences program or Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Pre-Health Professions Emphasis) program, which are designed to fulfill medical school and dental school program requirements and prepare students well for medical or dental school.
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APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.
Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.
Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.
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On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.
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At APU, the premedical/predental track begins during 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 in these core science courses to develop the work habits and the commitment to excellence that results in A grades. These courses, plus a semester of biochemistry, are required for the majority of medical and dental schools.
Typically, prospective medical and dental students apply to the premedical/predental 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 premedical/predental track who have shown a serious commitment to preparing for a career in medicine or dentistry, and who are performing at a level that would make acceptance into medical or dental school a realistic possibility.
Students admitted to medical majors progress through their college education with the fellowship and support of like-minded peers, and benefit from academic advising from members of the Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee.
In their junior year, students in this track have the opportunity to take our in-house MCAT review course and the premedical/predental practicum course.
As seniors, students in this track prepare for the process of interviewing at medical or dental schools by participating in mock interviews with the Premedical/Predental 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 the Mock Interview
The purpose of the mock interview is twofold:
- To better prepare students for medical or dental school interviews.
- To assist the committee in preparing a committee letter to enhance the student’s application.
To ensure that these goals are met, premedical/predental track students should:
- Request letters of recommendation from faculty, MDs, DOs, research advisors, etc., in January of the application year.
- Ensure that all letters of recommendation are sent to committee advisor by April of the application year (prior to scheduling the mock interview).
- Schedule mock interviews with the committee chair in April of the application year.
- Start drafting their personal statement in January of the application year.
- Submit personal statements to the committee before or at the time of the mock interview if feedback is desired.
Medical and Dental School Academic Prerequisites
Preparation for medical or dental school can begin as early as high school. Follow these four guidelines and review the specific precollege classes recommended for medical majors.
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.
Recommended Precollege 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.)
Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
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