Pre-Medicine Advising Timeline


The following represents a typical academic timeline for students who would like to matriculate into professional school immediately following their completion of undergraduate coursework.

  • The right time to enter professional school is when you are the best candidate!
  • Your timeline will be unique, so please meet with us early so that we can create a timeline that builds your strength as an applicant and works to achieve your goals.

As a freshman:

  • Contact the Health Professions Office and set up an appointment with an advisor
  • Take introductory courses in chemistry, biology and one course from either sociology or psychology
  • Start to collect letters of recommendation from professors of freshman year courses
  • Join the Pre-Health Club and actively participate in meetings and community service initiatives
  • Start to build your application with a track record of involvement; look into summer internships, shadowing experiences, etc.

As a sophomore:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Take organic chemistry and courses in biology or physics or math
  • Continue to collect letters of recommendation from professors
  • Continue to be actively involved in the Pre-Health Club
  • Look into MCAT preparation and MCAT review
  • Continue to build your application with community service, health-care related experiences and internships

As a junior:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Take biochemistry and complete other required science courses, see below
  • Study for and take the MCAT
  • Consider both the Temple/St. Luke's Shadowing program and applying to early assurance program with Temple/St. Luke's Medical School
  • Meet with the Health Professions Committee
  • Start on 1st drafts of applications to medical schools
  • Continue activities with the Pre-Health Club
  • By  spring semester of junior year students preparing for the 2015 MCAT should at a minimum have completed the following courses:            
          • 2 semesters of General Chemistry
          • 2 semesters of Biology
          • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry and 2 semesters of Physics
          • 1 semester of Biochemistry and 1 semester of Calculus and Statistics
          • 1 semester of Sociology and 1 semester of Psychology

Summer between junior and senior year:

  • Complete AMCAS application and any school-specific supplemental applications
  • Retake the MCAT if necessary

As a senior:

  • Medical school interviews
  • Finish up prerequisite and recommended courses
  • Meet with Pre-Health Advisor
  • Continue activities with Pre-Health Club

American Medical College Application Service
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a non-profit centralized application process for students entering their first year of medical school. AMCAS allows students to submit one application via the web to participating medical colleges throughout the United States. Currently, many medical colleges rely on AMCAS as a way of processing the high volume of applications.

AMCAS assembles the student’s application file, verifies the information, and then forwards the application to the medical schools of the student’s choice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact medical schools that they’ve applied to through AMCAS to see if there are any supplements or additional materials needed.
Application deadlines are set by individual medical schools and not by AMCAS. Applicants should check the websites of the schools they applied to for application deadlines.

For more information about AMCAS please visit:  http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/