Medical schools typically issue one of two graduate professional degrees that allow a person to practice medicine - the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or the Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). The traditional difference between the two schools is in their educational philosophies. Allopathic doctors (MD) traditionally have treated the injury or disease, while Osteopathic doctors (DO) take a more wholistic approach to treating the patient. Graduates of both degree programs are held to the same standards for practicing medicine. Typically, the completion of a Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Medical school. Students who desire to apply to Medical school should also consider physician observation time as well as participation in undergraduate research.
Courses for Medical School Preparation
Medical schools are very similar with respect to the course requirements for admission. A variety of commonly required and recommended courses have been compiled for student reference. Provided the necessary required courses for admission are fulfilled, any Bachelor's program would be an acceptable choice. Two choices that include most of the required courses for admission to Medical school are the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. (If majoring in Biology, a Chemistry minor should be strongly considered. If majoring in Chemistry, a Biology minor should be strongly considered.) To be certain that all required courses are completed in a timely fashion, a recommended schedule of courses has also been provided. Interested students should still consult the desired Medical school(s) for specific course requirements. See our Medical School Preparation Checklist.
Medical School Admissions Test
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for admissions consideration to Medical schools.
Application for Medical School Admission
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is utilized by many MD schools throughout the nation for admissions application processing.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) is utilized by many DO schools throughout the nation for admissions application processing.