for professional school
Professional schools are not in total agreement concerning
required courses. This is true between different fields (i.e.
medicine vs. veterinary) and even within fields (Medical College
of Wisconsin vs. University of Wisconsin Madison Medical School).Therefore,
listed below is only a partial list of the minimal requirements
for most schools. Be sure to check with the schools that you
are interested in for their specific requirements.
Introductory science (SC119 and SC120)
Inorganic chemistry (CH260)
Organic chemistry (CH221 and 322)
Additional biology courses (genetics, BI351, cellular
biology, BI325, anatomy and physiology, BI231, biochemistry
Literature (EN210, EN310)
Early in your academic career consult the web page
of the school that you are interested in attending for a list
of their required courses, then make an appointment with the pre-professional
advisor to see which Alverno courses fit those requirements. This
should be done EARLY in your academic career! (You would hate
to wait until your senior year to find out that you do not have
all the requirements for a particular school.) It is also highly
recommended that at the beginning of your junior year you meet
with an admissions counselor at one of the professional schools
you are most interested in attending to review your academic classes
against their academic admissions requirements.
Many schools also have courses that are highly recommended,
but not necessarily required.
MCAT (Medical School
U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores
before applying for admission.
The MCAT assesses problem solving, critical thinking,
and writing skills in addition to knowledge of science concepts
and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. MCAT scores
are reported in verbal reasoning, physical sciences, writing sample,
and biological sciences.
The MCAT is offered two times per year, in spring
and at the end of summer. Alverno College is sent MCAT registration
materials in January or you can register on the web.
The following website provides information on test format, test
dates, registration deadlines and other frequently asked questions:
Links to web pages
of schools in the area:
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Medical School
American Association of Medical
"Alverno prepared me well for medical school.
My internship experiences exposed me to the field of medicine,
so I was sure this career was the right fit for me. Medical schools
are moving toward a way of learning that they call 'problem-based
learning'. This involves working in small groups to identify and
solve problems related to the medical field. Although this was
a new concept for many of my med-school classmates, it was what
I had been doing for four years at Alverno. I am able to get the
maximum benefit from this style of learning."
Anne Tofte '98
Clinical Psychology Major
Biology and Chemistry Minors
Medical School Student, University of Minnesota - Duluth