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2021-2022

Pre-Medicine (Advising Track)

VCU

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

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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 PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 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.
Experience Year 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
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101) 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)
ITE 115 - Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts OR ITE 119 - Information Literacy OR ___ ___ - General Education Elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Physical/Life Science BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
MTH 263 Calculus I MATH 200 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life Science BIO 102 General Biology II BIOL/Z 152 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
History elective Select 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 II VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
Physical/Life Science CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 General education (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life Science PHY 201 General College Physics I or PHY 231 University Physics I PHYS 201 or PHYS 207 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Social/Behavioral Science SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)
CST Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication SPCH 3 Elective
General education elective Select any approved general education elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 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 I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Physical/Life Science CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Physical/Life Science PHY 202 General College Physics II or PHY 232 University Physics II PHYS 202 or PHYS 208 4 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 62
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 BIOL elective Select from: BIOL 300 Cellular or Molecular Biology or BIOL 303 Microbiology 3 Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)
Upper-level 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 40 Major
Minimum number of credits completed at VCU 58
Minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree 120