Pre-med programs can help you acquire the background in health and science you'll need to apply to medical school or work in other related fields. Find out how you can prepare for admission to medical school, as well as what you can earn as an anesthesiologist, a general practitioner or an internist.
Is a Pre-Med Program for Me?
A pre-med program can help you prepare for medical school, as well as for a career as a veterinarian, dentist, pharmacist or physical therapist. It can also provide you with the academic background you need to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or biology.
Employment and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for physicians and surgeons nationwide were expected to increase by 18%, or faster than average, from 2012-2022. Physicians who are interested in working in low-income or rural locations may have better opportunities in the job market. Earnings can vary by specialty. For example, the average annual salary for a family and general practitioner in May 2013 was $183,940, while internists and pediatricians earned $170,530 and $188,440, respectively. In the same month, the average annual salary of an anesthesiologist was $235,070 (www.bls.gov).
How Can I Become a Medical Doctor?
Admission requirements for medical school include a bachelor's degree in pre-med or another relevant study. If you're already a college graduate, you can also pursue a post-baccalaureate pre-med program. As a pre-med student, you'll rely upon your faculty advisors to make sure that you're meeting all of the admission requirements. Some universities don't offer a pre-med program, but through careful course selection, you may be able to fulfill the minimum requirements for medical school, as well as prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the same time.
In addition to a general education core, a pre-med curriculum can include courses in biology, biochemistry, physics and physiology. You'll also study anatomy, genetics and psychology, along with inorganic and organic chemistry.