Information for Students Interested in Medicine

Prerequisite Courses for Medicine

Requirement:* CSUSB equivalent:
1 year of Biology BIOL 200, 201, and 202
1 year of General Chemistry CHEM 215 and 216
1 year of Organic Chemistry CHEM 221 A & B, 222 A & B, and 223 A & B or CHEM 321, 322 & 323
1 year of Physics PHYS 121, 122, and 123 or PHYS 221, 222, and 223
1 course in Calculus MATH 192 or 211

* These course requirements are applicable for most Allopathic, Osteopathic, and Podiatric medical schools. Course requirements may vary between schools. Consult individual schools for specific course requirements.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admissions Test is one of the criteria that medical schools use to select students from the applicant pool. It consists of four sections: verbal, physical sciences, biological sciences, and a writing sample. The MCAT is given twice a year, once in April and once in August. Register for the MCAT at the AAMC website . It is highly recommended that you take a preparatory course to prepare for the MCAT. The two most popular courses are offered by Kaplan and Hyperlearning (Princeton Review.)

Medical School Admissions Process

The majority of Allopathic medical schools use the primary application service AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service.) This online service allows you to fill out one application and have it forwarded to as many participating schools as you like. If the school does not participate in AMCAS, you must obtain an application directly from that school.

Applying to Osteopathic medical schools is very similar to the process for Allopathic schools. The primary application service is AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service.)

Medical Schools in California

Allopathic Schools:

University of California, Davis School of Medicine

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Osteopathic Schools:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Other Useful Links

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