Preparing for Medical School
Requirements for Admission
- A high GPA overall and in pre-requisite science courses which include:
One year of college biology with laboratory
One year of physics with laboratory
One year of general chemistry with laboratory
one year of organic chemistry with labs OR
one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
- High scores on the MCAT
- Volunteer or paid experience in the clinic or medical office
- Community Service
- Most Pre-medical students major in one of the sciences. However, this is not a requirement. You can major in any subject and still go to Medical School. The Biochemistry and Biology major requirements include all of the pre-requisite courses for medical school. In addition, two special programs, BS in Pre-Medical Studies and the BA in Pre-Medical Studies with concentrations in Humanities or Social Sciences cater specifically to the needs of students who are planning careers in medicine and its allied fields.
- It is recommended that students who do not major in one of the sciences take additional upper level science courses. However, you should always check pre-requisites before planning to take these courses.
Academic Programs for Pre-Medical Students
- Biology link
- Biochemistry link
- Health Sciences link
- BS in Premedical Studies link
- BA Major in Pre-Health Studies w Concentration in the Humanities or the Social Sciences link
If you wish to matriculate at a medical school directly after graduation from Hofstra University, you must be ready to submit your applications immediately following junior year. Ideally, this means deciding by the beginning of your first-year to pursue a premedical course of study. The timetable listed below regarding the completion of academic program requirements and preparation of your application is only a suggested plan of study. It can be changed and almost certainly will be for transfer students. Please speak with your advisement dean regarding your individualized plan of study
WSC 001 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 003 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 012 (4 c.r.)
WSC 002 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 004 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 011 (4 c.r.)
Make sure that during the first year you:
- Attend orientation session prior to first semester attendance at Hofstra.
- Register with the advisement office and begin collecting recommendations for your pre-health file.
- Join APHOS and the Health Professions Scholars Program to meet students with similar interests and goals and to hear guest lecturers from the health professions. Contact your Advisement Dean for more information.
- Visit "Considering a Career in Medicine" web site for further information.
- Participate in summer paid or volunteer work in health-related field.
- Attend summer school if necessary.
*Math 50 or 71 (4 c.r.)
Chemistry 135 and 137 (4 c.r.)
*Math 71 or 72 (4 c.r.)
BCHM 163 (3 c.r.)
During your sophomore year make sure that you:
- Continue to maintain high academic standing.
- Declare a major. Choose your major based on your personal and academic interests not based on what you think will get you into medical/professional school.
- Volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home, EMT, etc.
- Continue to collect faculty recommendation forms.
- Continue to meet with your Advisement Dean and Pre-Health Advisor.
- Investigate special summer opportunities.
*Math level dependent on previous coursework and ability. Generally, only one semester of calculus is suggested for students wishing to enter medical school. However, requirements may vary depending on student's major. In addition, statistics is recommended for all medical professions.
Physics 11A & 11B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 1A & 1B (4 c.r.)
Physics 12A & 12B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 2A & 2B (4 c.r.)
During your junior year make sure that you:
- Do research and/or get experience if you have not already done so.
- Decide when and if you will take a test prep class for the MCAT.
- Complete the Application for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
- Hand out the rest of the faculty recommendation forms.
- See Pre-Health Advisor and Academic Dean regularly.
- Start writing for admission applications/brochures from non-AMCAS participating schools.
- Medical College Admissions Test Web site or other standardized test websites.
- Select the schools to which you will apply. Try to be realistic and consult the current Medical School Admissions Requirement (MSAR) book produced by AAMC.
- Make sure all your recommendations and supporting information is in your Advisement Pre-Health File.
- Schedule and prepare for Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee interview
- Take the MCAT
- Check accuracy of Hofstra and all other transcripts that are being sent to AMCAS.
- Have ALL transcripts sent to AMCAS.
- Fill out AMCAS form and do not forget personal comments section! It is important! This is your chance to let the schools get to know you as a person. Submit the form in early June
- Sit before the Pre-Health Advisory Committee.
Finish all requirements for graduation and prerequisites for admission to professional school.
In addition you will need to:
- Complete supplementary applications (secondaries) as soon as possible after they are received.
- Prepare and practice for interviews.
- Keep your Pre-Health Advisor informed about interviews, acceptances, and rejections so we can better advise others.
- You may have a long wait ahead of you and may not find out if you were accepted to the school of your dreams until the summer.
- Apply for all forms of financial aid even before you have an acceptance. File FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. (You will need your income tax information (and typically that of your parents).
- Make decisions regarding which professional school you will be attending if you gain multiple acceptances.
- Notify school that you will not be attending immediately.
- Develop an alternative plan of action (i.e. If you are planning to reapply, how can you improve your academic record or career path?) Contact admission offices and ask them how you can improve on your portfolio.
Standardized Testing Preparation and Process
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences. A writing sample is also included. Medical colleges consider MCAT scores as part of their admission process. Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT scores that are more than three years old.
- Centralized Application Services
- Personal Statement or Essay
- Letters of Evaluation
- The Interview
- Admissions Process Timeline
Pre-Medical Internet Resources
- The Official Website of the Association of American Medical Colleges
The AAMC and the medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic and professional societies, faculty, residents, and students that AAMC represents are committed to improving the nation's health through medical education, research, and high-quality patient care. AAMC is dedicated to the communities they serve, committed to advancing the public good, and steadfast in their desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role they are privileged to play in our society.
With a half-century history of medical student activism, AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Starting in 1960, the association focused its energies on the problems of the medically underserved, inequities in our health-care system and related issues in medical education. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of over 30,000 medical students, pre-medical students, interns and residents from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.
- The Next Generation
This is an online publication for pre-medicine undergraduates affiliated with the New England Journal of Medicine. The Next Generation highlights NEJM articles, interviews their authors, and provides thoughtful coverage of issues of interest to the next generation of the physician workforce.
- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
This journal's key objective is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health. JAMA publishes original, important, well-documented, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics. It continues to provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions. JAMA enables physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own.
- Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA)
JAOA is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), as well as the scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession. It provides a forum for communicating and disseminating philosophical concepts, clinical practice observations, and scientific information, and for defining the current status of the profession. It is directed toward the osteopathic primary care physician with a broad range of interests and provides a clinical and scientific update for the osteopathic specialist. JAOA publishes original investigations, current reviews with an expert critical viewpoint, and didactic discourses in a wide variety of clinical fields.
- The Student Doctor Network (SDN)
The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is an independent community of students, advisors, educators, and practicing doctors. Our membership extends from college students to practicing doctors in every field of healthcare, from allopathic medicine to veterinary medicine. SDN has communities for every doctorate-level healthcare field.