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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (Northern Virginia Community College)
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Program description

Students interested in the pre-medicine advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites for medical school. All prerequisites should be completed or on track to be complete prior to medical school matriculation. Best results occur when all prerequisite courses have been taken and grades are available at the time of application. Students interested in medical school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of medicine to which they hope to apply.

Declaration of a pre-medical advising track at VCU does not constitute admission to the VCU School of Medicine. Students must apply separately to the medical school of their choice at the appropriate time.

Students with an interest in preparing for medical school must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their pre-medical advising track. Students do not earn a pre-medical degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their primary/major academic adviser. Pre-medical students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them. 

Career opportunities

Physicians may earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) to practice allopathic medicine or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) to practice osteopathic medicine. Both types of physicians must select a speciality in which they will practice patient care such as pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, or surgery. Additional career opportunities for physicians include research, teaching, healthcare administration, public health, or advocacy, to name a few.

Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Health-Based Researcher
  • Medical Doctor
  • Physician Assistant
  • Professor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin

    n/a

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 151
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7+ is required to apply to become a pre-professional health student and to stay on the pre-professional health advising track.

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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Meet with with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • A stellar GPA is vital to being a competitive student. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Review the resources on the VCU Healthcare Pathways website, especially the Pre-Medicine Advising Guide.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Review volunteer and shadowing opportunities to find healthcare volunteering and information about shadowing.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Maintain a high GPA. Visit tutoring to get ahead. Be prepared to earn good grades at VCU.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Practice using flashcards and continuously assessing your knowledge of subjects that will be tested on the MCAT.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MD Program Admissions information.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café or VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Consider learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Learn about OMSA at VCU.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Meet with with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • A stellar GPA is vital to being a competitive student. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Review the resources on the VCU Healthcare Pathways website, especially the Pre-Medicine Advising Guide.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Review volunteer and shadowing opportunities to find healthcare volunteering and information about shadowing.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Maintain a high GPA. Visit tutoring to get ahead. Be prepared to earn good grades at VCU.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Practice using flashcards and continuously assessing your knowledge of subjects that will be tested on the MCAT.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MD Program Admissions information.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café or VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Consider learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Learn about OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101)College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
ITE 115 - Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts OR ITE 119 - Information Literacy OR ___ ___ - General Education ElectiveVCU equivalent3Elective
Physical/Life ScienceBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life ScienceBIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral SciencePSY 200 Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
History electiveSelect 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History IIVCU equivalent3General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsPHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
Physical/Life ScienceCHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life SciencePHY 201 General College Physics I or PHY 231 University Physics IPHYS 201 or PHYS 2074Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral ScienceSOC 200 Principles of SociologySOCY 1013General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
CSTSelect 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal CommunicationSPCH3Elective
General education electiveSelect any approved general education electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World IVCU equivalent3General education
Physical/Life ScienceCHM 112 General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life SciencePHY 202 General College Physics II or PHY 232 University Physics IIPHYS 202 or PHYS 2084Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
The courses listed below are required or recommended for pre-medicine students. Students must also select a VCU major and complete the major requirements. The minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree at VCU is 120 credits.
CHEM/Z 301Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory5Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
CHEM/Z 302 or CHEM 403Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I3 to 5Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Upper level BIOL electiveSelect from: BIOL 300 Cellular or Molecular Biology or BIOL 303 Microbiology3Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Upper-level BIOL or CHEM electiveSelect from: CHEM/Z 302 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I or BIOL/Z 310 Genetics and Laboratory3 to 5Elective (Pre-medicine recommendation)
Courses required for VCU major and electives40Major
Minimum number of credits completed at VCU58
Minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree120
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