Medical School Path (MD, DO, DC, DPM)
"I heard the Lord call me to medicine when I was 13, and I never wanted to do anything else. I chose biology as my undergraduate degree because it fulfilled the prerequisites for medical school."
— Erin Hoffman, D.O., 2011 biology alumna
Although prerequisites will vary from institution to institution, the Simpson University courses that meet standard requirements are:
- BIOL 1310 and 1320 General Biology I & II
- CHEM 1310 and 1320 General Chemistry I & II
- CHEM 1210 and 1220 Organic Chemistry I & II
- PHYS 3110 and 3120 General Physics I & II
- BIOL 3550 Biochemistry
It is recommended that students complete all the above courses before taking the MCAT (usually during the spring semester of the junior year) with the exception of the physics series (the MCAT does not cover physics). You will want to work closely with your faculty advisor to make sure you plan your courses correctly.
In addition, many institutions recommend:
- One year of math (MATH 2440 and 2460, our Math for Life Science series)
- BIOL 2530 Genetics
- BIOL 4310 Microbiology for Biology Majors
- BIOL 1310 Human Anatomy and BIOL 1320 Human Physiology
- PSYC 1600 Introduction to Psychology
- SOCI 1800 Introduction to Sociology
Many programs look more highly on applicants who have had experience shadowing a medical professional, or who have held significant leadership roles on campus. Again: it pays to plan ahead.
In addition, it is often beneficial to demonstrate undergraduate research experience. Your faculty advisor can help you identify research projects at Simpson—capped by your presentation at our Student Research Symposium. Some graduate medical programs allow you to earn an MD/PhD—an exciting opportunity if you are interested in medical research. Medical schools are also looking for students with cross-cultural experience. You might consider joining one of our WorldSERVE teams, or spending a semester abroad with the Best Semester Program.