Medical schools require a relatively small number of prerequisite courses as entry requirements. Medical schools do not care what your major is, so you should choose a major that you know you can do well in. Keep in mind that you still have to take all of the prerequisite courses, and that these are the minimum requirements. Many students feel they need more science courses, particularly upper division biology courses, to fully understand concepts that they will be tested over on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Pre-requisites for application to medical schools MUST include the following courses as minimum requirements. Be aware that many of these courses require that you have had college level algebra (Math 113), and other prerequisites.
The time span for admission to medical school is approximately 16 months from start to end. If you apply after your senior year, it will be a year after you graduate before you know whether you've been admitted. If your plan is to attend the fall after graduation, you should plan on taking the MCAT and applying to medical school in the summer between your junior and senior years. That way you'll be finishing your degree and be ready to move directly into medical school when you're done. As a note of interest, the average age of students starting medical school is rising (now age 27 for CU Medical School). Medical schools are looking for applicants with some world experience outside of school, so think about this as you plan your application process.
Medical school applications are uniform and are submitted online through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Transcripts, extracurricular activities, MCAT scores, and personal statement are all a part of this application. You choose the schools you want the application sent to, and it is all done online. For more information on the application process, talk with one of our advisors.