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Which high school classes to take for a career as a doctor

How to choose online courses to prepare as a surgeon or physician

The world always needs more passionate, well-trained doctors. If you want to be a doctor, you need to go to medical school. But before you can apply, you need a 4-year degree, a high school diploma, and a high GPA. Any student who wants to become a doctor needs to plan their pre-med major as early as possible. The path to med school begins in high school. Wisconsin students can get a head start by taking classes through eAchieve Academy, a free online charter school.

Get started learning about medical and healthcare coursework. Our classes cover everything successful doctors need: science, math, English, and social studies. And we have AP classes to boost your GPA and provide early college credit. If you know you’re going to be a doctor, now is the time to start preparing for pre-med college courses and medical school.

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High school subjects and classes needed to become a doctor

Recommended high school classes for doctors

To prepare for a pre-med major in college, you need prepare by taking the right classes in high school:

Science courses

Doctors need a strong grasp of anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry. eAchieve has introductory and advanced high school science classes for pre-med students.

Anatomy and Physiology is a class which covers cell and tissue studies along with understanding organs. This is a great class for future doctors. There are two prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. Introductory Biology is available for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade while Chemistry classes are limited to grades 10-12. Chemistry has one prerequisite, Algebra 1.

Biology and Chemistry on their own form a good foundation for pre-med studies. Both class form the basis of biochemistry. AP Biology and AP Chemistry courses are available for students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

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Math courses

Math, particularly statistics and algebra, are an important part of pre-med study. You’ll need to know your numbers in order to follow data charts and medication tables.

AP Calculus AB/BC are recommended for high schoolers planning on going pre-med. Most medical schools require at least some level of calculus for admission. Others will only require a semester of college-level math. Taking an AP math class in high school can give you the credit you need to avoid taking unnecessary math courses in college.

All High School Math Courses

Health & Physical Education courses

Being a good doctor means having a good understanding of what it means to be healthy. Health and PE classes from eAchieve teach you about own nutrition and general fitness. You can apply what you learn with your future patients.

All High School Health Courses

English courses

You’ll be doing a lot of studying in med school, and high school English classes can help you build the skills you’ll need to keep up and stay organized when facing large amounts of text. As a doctor, you’ll need to be an effective communicator with both your coworkers and your patients.

Develop strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills now to support your focus on hard science and labwork in years to come.

All High School English Courses

Foreign Language

In your practice you’ll likely treat patients who speak little or no English. While interpreters are available, speaking a second language can make you a more valuable job candidate for competitive positions, and make your working life easier. Spanish is recommended, as it’s widely spoken, and Latin would also be a good choice for future doctors since so many medical terms are based on Latin words.

All High School Foreign Language Courses

Social Studies courses

Psychology is a great course for future doctors to take in high school (we also offer AP Psychology if you want to dive deeper). A patient’s mental health and behavior can be affected by illness or injury, so having an understanding of basic psychology can help you cultivate a professional and compassionate bedside manner.

It’s important to keep your grades up in all required social studies courses to maintain a high GPA. Online learning can make it easier for motivated students to handle a heavy courseload because you can go at your own pace and learn without the restrictions of a traditional classroom schedule.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Medical schools want to admit only the best and the brightest future doctors. Taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school can demonstrate your potential to colleges and universities. Even better – you can earn college credit in high school! And passing an AP class in high school can let you opt out of freshman or 100-level university courses. This means fewer semesters of undergraduate work and early application to med school.

Show future admission offices you’re up to the academic challenge of med school. Get a valuable head start to your career as a doctor and take AP classes online with eAchieve Academy.

All High School AP Courses

Other ways to prepare for a career as a physician

Med School DegreeThe more specific type of doctor you want to be, the more specific your pre-med path. Sports medicine, pediatricians, podiatrists, obstetricians, and surgeons all have different learning requirements. Your pre-med major should reflect what sort of doctor you want to be. We use career-planning resources to help our students meet their academic and medical career goals.

Knowing multiple languages can expand your job opportunities in medicine. Many hospitals need bilingual (or trilingual!) doctors to better communicate with patients. eAchieve has world language courses starting with beginners up through AP-level. Classes are offered in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. And a Latin course can help you better understand medical terminology based on the language.

Additionally, eAchieve Academy has electives to maximize your transcript for college admission. Our optional classes cover fitness, cooking, astronomy, and foreign languages. These classes are fun for you and look great on a transcript! Service learning courses can be used to gain experience volunteering at a hospital or doctor’s clinic.

Pre-med admissions at top colleges & universities

The first step of a career as a doctor is getting into college with a track for pre-med students. Admissions offices look at GPA, class history, and service learning or community volunteering when deciding who gets into university or is accepting into a specific study program. eAchieve Academy graduates have been accepted into colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve even had students accepted at international institutions!

Admission to medical schools highly competitive. You will have to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) in order to gain admission. Each year, 85,000 students take the MCAT in the hopes of scoring well enough to get accepted into medical school. There is a registration fee, so to keep costs down you’ll want to do well on your first exam. Improve your chances with AP (Advanced Placement) or Honors classes during high school to ensure you understand all the basics found on the MCAT exam.

Find out the top high school classes needed for college admission in Wisconsin and nationwide.

eAchieve Academy has the resources to help you prepare for many medical careers:

The Path to Med School Begins at eAchieve Academy

Wisconsin Med School StudentsThe first step to going to medical school? Getting an undergraduate degree from a college or university. And to get into one of those you need a high school degree, preferably backed by a high GPA. Graduating from eAchieve Academy is exactly the same as graduating from any other Wisconsin public school. Of course, we have a lot of advantages over a brick-and-mortar school.

Our fully accredited, K-12 public charter school has completely FREE enrollment and tuition for Wisconsin students 21 and under. You're not limited by the schools in your district. Students living in any Wisconsin school district are welcome to apply at eAchieve.

Online classes at eAchieve offers students flexible, customized approach to learning. We use an engaging curriculum and experienced instructors to keep every student on track. All our teachers are Wisconsin-certified teachers averaging 20 years of classroom experience. Each student receives a personalized learning plan and the support they need to excel academically.

Sign up for our online classes to get your diploma and a strong head start to your medical career. Learn more about how eAchieve Academy works and the best pre-med classes future doctors can take.

Contact eAchieve for more information or to enroll in medical career courses online.
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