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Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Program

Pre-Medicine Concentration

Please note that medical school programs typically vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016 AAMC medical school admissions requirements and websites for North Carolina medical schools.

Standardized Exam required for admission: MCAT
Resource for national standards: 
Association of American Medical Colleges
Required Courses:
BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 303 Foundations in Genetics
CHM 111, 111L Chemical Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemical Principles II & Lab
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
PHY 211 University Physics I
PHY 212 University Physics II
MAT 210 Single Variable Calculus I (note that this course must be pre-req or co-req for PHY 211)

In addition to the above, the following courses are recommended:
Math Courses:
ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics class
MAT 140 Precalculus (only if needed prior to taking Calculus)
Note:  Some medical schools request one year of college math whereas other schools list only a statistics course.  At Queens, the physics course designed to cover all content for the MCAT is calculus-based. It is strongly recommended to complete the two semester University Physics sequence to best prepare for the MCAT. 
Natural Science Courses:
BIO 330 Microbiology
BIO 331 Cell Biology
BIO 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab)
                  Check particular programs to see if lab is recommended
There is a one year sequence of biochemistry but most schools recommend one semester of biochemistry:  CHM 403, 403L and CHM 404, 404L Advanced Biochemistry I and II sequence with lab
Social Science and Humanities Courses
Due to changes in the MCAT exam, it is strongly suggested to take courses from these content areas:
ATH 101 Cultural Anthropology
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Languages:
Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.
Business Courses:
Consider a course in business, accounting or economics if you may want to start your own/join a private practice in the future.
ACC 207 Financial Accounting
BUS 218 Communications in Business
ECO 203 Macroeconomics Total: 36 Hrs for required courses.    

Pre-Dental Concentration

Please note that dental school programs typically vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016 American Dental Education Association website. 

Standardized Exam required for admission: DAT
Resource for national standards:  
American Dental Education Association
Required Courses:
BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 303 Foundations in Genetics
CHM 111, 111L Chemical Principles I & Lab 
CHM 112, 112L Chemical Principles II & Lab 
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab 
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab 
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab)
                  Check particular programs to see if lab is recommended 
PHY 201 College Physics I
PHY 202 College Physics II

In addition to the above, the following courses are recommended:
Math Courses:
Additional math courses may not be needed if the student has sufficient math skills for physics courses.  If one or two semesters of math is required for a particular dental school, consider the following:
ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics class
MAT 140 Precalculus 
Natural Science Courses:
BIO 330 Microbiology
BIO 331 Cell Biology
BIO 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Social Science and Humanities Courses
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Art Courses:
Many programs recommend courses in 3-D art to assist with DAT examination and dental school curriculum.
ARS Ceramics
ARS Sculpture
Business Courses:
Many dental programs recommend courses in business, accounting or economics.
ACC 207 Financial Accounting
BUS 218 Communications in Business
ECO 203 Macroeconomics
Languages:

Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Total: 36 Hrs for required courses.

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