Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Science, A.S.

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The Associate of Science degree in Medical Science will provide students with principles, knowledge, and skills required to begin a career in the fields requiring medical science. Students wishing to transfer to a baccalaureate granting institution and pursue a degree in Medical Science are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor and coordinate their course work at San Juan College with the requirements of the transfer institution.  

The Medical Science A.S. degree is designed to prepare students to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is a requirement for admission to virtually all American medical schools.  

It is also suitable for students who are considering advanced degrees in the health care field.  

Note that the MCAT is typically taken at the end of the student’s Junior year.  While this degree completes most of the required course work, additional courses are required to sit for the exam.  See notes below.  

Note:  Student must earn a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all courses to obtain a Medical Science A.S. degree.

SJC First Year Experience Requirement: 3 Credits

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits


Students’ Mathematics Placement will determine their starting point in the Math sequence, beginning with MATH-1215  Intermediate Algebra through MATH-1510  Calculus I.  Students who place at the beginning of the Math sequence will need to complete 11 additional credit hours of coursework to complete the degree requirements.

Take MATH-1215 , MATH-1240 , MATH-1230 if needed, before taking MATH-1510  .


Additional Information Regarding MCAT Eligibility:

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is normally taken at the end of one’s Junior year.  

To be eligible to sit for the MCAT, a student must also take a suitable Biochemistry course and two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs from an accredited institution.  

Depending on the school you transfer to, some of the courses recommended below may be required. 

In addition, the following courses are recommended (but not required) to sit for the MCAT:

  • Microbiology
  • Calculus 2
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Virology
  • Ecology & Evolution

At the beginning of the Junior year, students should contact preferred medical schools for distinctive prerequisites.

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Students:

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.

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