Pre-Medical Advising

Through the many years of advising pre-medical students, we have found a certain format that best helps students decide the right role for them in healthcare (medical school isn't right for everyone) and assists in successful application to medical or other health professional schools. One of the reasons that Clarkson students have been so successful in getting into good health professional school is that they get personal attention and guidance throughout this procedure. Students should begin preparing for the application process in their first year at college. In general, during their first two years at college, students should be developing their credentials through coursework and experiences in the medical community. In their junior year, students should be building a portfolio to draw from in crafting their applications. In their senior year, students will be involved in the application and admissions process.

What Are Medical Schools Looking For?

Generally speaking, medical schools are looking for students who have demonstrated interest in medicine, with some working knowledge of what the profession demands of its practitioners. This usually involves actual experience in the medical community. Medical and other health professional schools also want to see that students can balance academics with involvement in outside interests, and that students have a commitment and service record to the community at large.

Course Requirements for Pre-Medical Students

These basic courses will begin to prepare you for continuing education in the medical sciences.

  • Introductory Biology with Laboratory (two semesters)
  • Introductory Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters, one lab)
  • Physics (two semesters)
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology