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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (John Tyler Community College)
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College
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)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • A stellar GPA is vital to being a competitive student. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Review the resources on the VCU Healthcare Pathways website, especially the Pre-Medicine Advising Guide.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Review volunteer and shadowing opportunities to find healthcare volunteering and information about shadowing.
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Maintain a high GPA. Visit the Academic Resource Center to get ahead. Be prepared to earn good grades at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MD Program Admissions information.
  • Volunteer to address a social issue (HandsonRVA).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language.
  • Learn about OMSA at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • A stellar GPA is vital to being a competitive student. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Review the resources on the VCU Healthcare Pathways website, especially the Pre-Medicine Advising Guide.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Review volunteer and shadowing opportunities to find healthcare volunteering and information about shadowing.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Maintain a high GPA. Visit the Academic Resource Center to get ahead. Be prepared to earn good grades at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MD Program Admissions information.
  • Volunteer to address a social issue (HandsonRVA).
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language.
  • Learn about OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College 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 111-112 3 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
MTH 161 Precalculus I (or MTH 263 Calculus I) MATH 141 3 General education
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking (or FRE 101 or SPA 101) SPCH 121 3 Elective
MTH 162 Precalculus II (or MTH 264 Calculus II) MATH 151 3 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
PHY 201 or PHYS 241 General College Physics I or University Physics I PHYS 201 or PHYS 207 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral Science SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1) ENGL 3 General education
PHY 202 or PHY 242 General College Physics II or University Physics II PHYS 202 or PHYS 242 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
BIO 102 General Biology II BIOL/Z 152 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
History History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Humanities elective PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
Elective Select any approved transfer elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
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 301 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory 5 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
CHEM/Z 302 or CHEM 403 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I 3 to 5 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Upper-level biology elective Select from: BIOL 300 Cellular or Molecular Biology or BIOL 303 Microbiology 3 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
BIOL or CHEM elective Select from: CHEM/Z 302 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I or BIOL/Z 310 Genetics and Laboratory 3 to 5 Elective (Pre-medicine recommendation)
Courses required for VCU major and electives 41 Major
Minimum number of credits completed at VCU 59
Minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree 120