Since you’ll be taking multiple chemistry and biology classes in college and med school, building a strong foundation in high school is a good way to prepare. Not only will you have a strong foundation in the sciences, taking all the science classes you can in high school will allow you to take more advanced science courses as an undergraduate.
AP biology, AP chemistry and AP physics are recommended for high school students planning on medical school. If you have room in your schedule, adding more science electives (like anatomy & physiology) is a good idea too.
Want to work in the medical field, but not necessarily as a doctor? You’ll still need a solid science background, so take the most challenging high school science courses you can handle.
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Take the most high-level math classes you can in high school to prepare for the higher-level math incorporated in pre-med science courses.
AP calculus AB/BC are recommended for high schoolers planning on going pre-med. It’s important to have strong math skills going into college so you won’t be overwhelmed by the rigorous pace of your pre-med courses.
The ability to analyze data tables and graphs is also an important skill to master early. You’ll need to be confident interpreting visual data for both college courses and the MCAT.
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While science and math courses are emphasized for a future career in medicine, the importance of English (and all your courses, really) shouldn’t be overlooked.
Writing and communication skills are vital for any type of advanced education, including medical school (which often has an English requirement).
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AP classes not only show college admissions officials you’re pushing yourself academically, they can save you serious money on college tuition if you earn a high enough score on the AP exam at the end of the course.
In addition to AP classes in the subjects listed above, taking advanced courses like AP Psychology and AP foreign language can help you develop valuable people skills for communicating with your future patients and coworkers.
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Taking a challenging combination of regular, honors & AP classes and always striving for the best grades possible will help you prepare for even bigger challenges in college and medical school and look good on your applications.