Their paths have been varied: Some have majored in traditional “pre-med” fields like biological sciences or chemistry. Others may have traveled along less traditional paths like physical education or nursing.
Some students take direct routes graduate in May, and start dental school in July or September. Others take indirect routes from Brockport to medical school via graduate school or after working.
Their hallmarks of success were hard work, determination and persistence.
Overall there are common minimum requirements for success on these national exams:
Now mix in courses that will sharpen specialized skills you may need to demonstrate:
For example, the dental admissions test (DAT) has a perceptual skills section so a course or two in the plastic arts like sculpture or jewelry making might be useful.
Strive for your best performance in each of these courses. The admissions committees expect that your G.P.A. for these courses will be in the 3.5 range.
Many students aiming for medicine or dentistry or one of the other fields choose a biology or a chemistry major. (The two years of biology and two years of chemistry you need to take as preparation for the admissions tests move you a long way toward completing one of these majors.) But our best advice is to choose as your major a subject that interests you deeply and in which you will excel.
Brockport students with dance majors and physical education majors, who have planned for and done well in these premedical science courses, have also gone to medical school.
Usually you will take the national admission exam in the spring of the year you will be applying for admission (so spring of your junior year if you will be applying in August/September of your senior year). So it is imperative that you start your required courses the first semester of your freshman year. Plan to see your pre-medical advisor as soon as possible to work out a program of study and prepare your application.
Prepare for interviews at professional schools.
This is just a partial list of various qualitative factors that professional school admissions committees may consider in trying to decide which candidates will fit well in their program. So, demonstrate that you have outside interests and you interact well with people in a wide range of settings.