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Year 1:

  • Meet with Pre-Med Advisor by scheduling an appointment using the online calendar:  Schedule an appointment
  • Take General Chemistry I and II along with their labs (General Education Objective 5 classes & MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Take General Biology I and II along with their labs (General Education Objective 5 classes & MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Take Calculus (either Applied Calculus or Calculus I) (General Education Objective 3 class MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req))
  • Take Sociology or Psychology (General Education Objective 6 class & MCAT pre-req)
  • Take Humanities (General Education Objective 4 class MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req))
  • Take English Composition and Critical Reading and Writing (General Education Objective 1  & MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req))
  • Take major classes
  • Participate in volunteer community or university activities to get experience in your community and leadership experience (keep a log of dates and activities as well as a journal of how these activities have an impact on you and prepare you for admission)
  • Participate in health care to get patient care experience (keep a log of dates and activities as well as a journal of how these activities have an impact on you and prepare you for admission)
  • Consider shadowing a physician or dentist during the school year or over the summer (keep a log of dates and activities as well as a journal of how these activities have an impact on you and prepare you for admission)
  • Look for summer programs.

Year 2:

  • Meet with Pre-Med Advisor by scheduling an appointment using the online calendar:  Schedule an appointment
  • Take Organic Chemistry I and II and their labs (MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Take General Physics I and II and their labs (MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Take Cell Biology (MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Take sociology or psychology (the one that you didn't take in your freshman year; MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Continue community service & leadership (keep a log of dates and activities as well as a journal of how these activities have an impact on you and prepare you for admission)
  • Continue patient care experience (maintain your log/journal)
  • Continue shadowing (maintain your log/journal)
  • Consider opportunities for research - many Medical and Dental programs will consider this a requirement for admission or a bonus for admission (maintain your log/journal)
  • Begin to research the MCAT/DAT, Medical/Dental Schools
  • Visit with recruiters from Medical/Dental Schools that come to your campus
  • Look for summer programs to enhance your applications.

Year 3 :

  • September/October Meet with Pre-Health Professions Advisor. Schedule an appointment
  • Begin to research Medical/Dental Schools to find out the pre-reqs for particular schools - medical/dental schools have differing pre-requisites.  You can use the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) subscription in the Health Professions Advising office.  Pre-Dental students may use  ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.
  • Take Biochemistry (MCAT/Medical & DAT/Dental Pre-req)
  • Optional - take Genetics - some medical schools require this course and some recommend it.
  • Dental Students - develop hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Start to plan when you will take the MCAT/DAT. Create a timeline for preparation 
  • Create a timeline for applying.  Check application openings (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS), time for verification of materials
  • Begin to work on your application materials
    • Personal Statement - Resources: The Purdue Online Writing Lab Personal Statement section for help, ISU Student Success Center Writing Lab, faculty advisors
    • Activities (patient care, shadowing, work, research, volunteering, leadership)
    • Letters of recommendation/evaluation - consider who will be writing these for you, give your letter writers plenty of time, provide them with a personal statement and unofficial transcript or other resume.

Summer after year 3 (the summer one year before you plan to enter medical school):

  • Apply to Medical/Dental School
  • Prepare for the secondary Applications to be requested by reviewing school websites to determine what will be asked.
  • Complete Secondary Applications quickly as they are requested (Schools that are interested in knowing more about you will ask for another application unique to their program.  This will require additional information, essays and another application fee.)
  • Prepare for interviews by learning as much as you can about individual programs.

Final Year

  • Complete major requirements
  • Complete General Education requirements
  • Complete on-campus interviews as requested
  • Graduate