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Pre-Medical Track at Hope College
Information for Hope students who started college in Fall 2012 or later & graduating in 2016 & beyond...
The sophomore class (started in Fall 2012), graduating in 2016, is the 1st class to experience the new requirements for medical school admissions. Lucky them! The current incoming freshmen class (starting Fall 2013), graduating in 2017, benefit.
Please plan to do the following:
The new medical school admissions paradigm is described as:
Medical schools expect a high level of academic competency with understanding of complex biological living organisms using the principles of biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, psychology, sociology, written and oral communication and critical analysis and reasoning skills.
Below are some common questions and answers to help you along your journey.
What classes do I need to take during my 4 years in college?
Along with the new admissions paradigm, a new MCAT 2015 content is expected. Courses at Hope College that cover the topics that will be on MCAT 2015:
The above listed courses are the topics tested on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) starting March 2015. Students take the MCAT once they complete these courses, and they feel confident about their ability to apply their knowledge in these areas. Students may take the MCAT after junior year or during senior year or after senior year.
Courses Required and/or Highly Recommended at Some Medical Schools:
What courses/classes do I sign up to take in Fall 2013?
We wrote a specific section just for you on what to take pre-med track student on the Registrar's website.
While you are on the Registrar's website you will find lots of hints and advice just for you!
What do I need to major in? Choice of Major
Medical schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Medical schools are most concerned with the overall quality & scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major. A student should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Many Hope students are interested in the sciences and will major in one of the sciences. However, Hope students with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas.
For current Hope College students, questions related to the pre-Medical track, please contact HPA Professor T. Prokopow.