Feb 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Science, A.S.

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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 C or higher in all courses.

General Education Requirements


Students’ Accuplacer score for Mathematics will determine their placement in the Math sequence, beginning with MATH-115  Intermediate Algebra through MATH-188  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-115 , MATH-170 , MATH-180 if needed, before taking MATH-188  .

Social and Behavioral Science

Lab Science Requirement

Total General Education Requirements: 35

Total Credits: 63

Additional Information Re MCAT Eligibility

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

To be eligable 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 prerequesites.

Suggested Course Sequence 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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