Premedical/Predental Track Sequence
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.
Admitted students 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 Bruce Spalding, Ph.D., by April of the application year (prior to scheduling the mock interview).
- Schedule mock interviews with Megan Prosser, Ph.D., 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.