Information for BME Pre-Medical Students

All medical schools and other healthcare programs recognize the importance of a solid education which includes a strong foundation in natural sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) and a broad background in social sciences and humanities. Engineering provides an exceptional background in problem-solving skills which are vital to working as a clinician. About 10% of our BME graduates each year will proceed to medical school or an MD/PhD program. Other healthcare career choices may include dentistry, audiology, podiatry, orthotics/prosthetics, and optometry.

 

SELECTION VARIABLES

In general, medical schools seek students who have a high level of scholastic achievement and academic potential. These qualities are most easily measured by undergraduate grades, MCAT scores, and faculty recommendations.

Medical school admissions committees also seek students with superior personal characteristics. They look for evidence of integrity, responsibility, motivation, maturity, and leadership ability. These qualities are not easily measured, but can be demonstrated by significant extra-curricular activities, work experiences, research activities, and involvement in volunteer projects.

In summary, medical schools do not have a strict formula which automatically allows a student admission. Instead, they look for well-rounded students with interesting experiences, who are able to communicate well, and have an established record of interest in the field (shadowing, research, volunteer work, etc).

 

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST (MCAT)

The MCAT is a standardized test required by medical schools. The test is designed to assess understanding of science and behavioral science principles and basic analytical ability. Whenever possible the MCAT should be taken in April, May or June of the junior year, but should not be taken prior to completing all of the basic science requirements. Taking the exam in the spring of the junior year allows the medical school applicant to complete his/her application in a timely fashion.

Unlike other standardized entrance tests, it is not always advisable to take the MCAT more than once. If you are considering retaking the MCAT you should discuss the matter with a medical school admissions representative or a health professions advisor.

For more information on the MCAT visit: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

 

APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

Medical schools use online application services (basically, common applications) that allow students to easily submit basic information, academic credentials, transcripts, application essays and letters of evaluation in one place. Once the application is complete, it is forwarded to the schools a student has chosen. Then the schools take over the application process and any additional information submitted directly to them is part of a secondary application.

 

Apply Early! Your best chance of being accepted is to apply early in the application cycle (generally June or early July).

 

Required Courses for Medical School

(for information on other fields go to: www.purdue.edu/preprofessional)

Subject:

General

Requirements:

Credits:

BME Program equivalents:

Additional Courses:

(with options)

Introductory Biology*

2 sem. w/Lab

8 cr.

Core Requirement:

BIOL 230 (3) / BME 205(1)**

Life Science Electives:

BIOL 241 (3)/ BIOL 242 (2)

 

General Chemistry

2 sem. w/Lab

8 cr.

CHM 115-116 (8) or CHM 125-126 (8)

 

Organic Chemistry

2 sem. w/Lab

8 cr.

Life Science Elective:

8cr. of Organic Chemistry

(See Flexible Course Options table below)

 

Physics

2 sem. w/Lab

8 cr.

PHYS 172 (4) / PHYS 272 (4) and BME 305 (3) **

 

Biochemistry

1 sem.

3 cr.

Life Science Electives:

BCHM 561 (3)

BCHM 307 (3), CHEM 333 (3), CHEM 533 (3)

Behavioral and Social Sciences

2 sem.

6 cr.

 

1 sem. PSY

1 sem. SOC

English

2 sem.

6 cr.

ENGL 106 (4) or 108 (3)

1 sem. ENGL

*AP BIOL 110+111 (8) are approved by IU SoM

**approved by IU SoM for labs (may take PHYS 241 (3) + 252 (1) also)

Generally a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses. Students should review what topics are on the MCAT to determine if they need additional Anatomy & Physiology.

 

Flexible BME Course Options

In order to make the BME curriculum a bit more flexible for pre-med students, the BME Undergraduate Curriculum Committee put together a list of equivalents for students to consider should the normal BME plan of study not work out. Students must work with the BME academic advisor BEFORE choosing one of these alternative options!

 

 

Courses to Take

     

Receive BME Credit For

#1

BME 201

+

Organic Chem (2 sem.)*

   

=

BME 201

+

LS Elective (3 credits)

#2

BME 201

+

BCHM 561       (1 sem.)

   

=

BME 201

+

LS Elective (3 credits)

#3

BME 201

+

Organic Chem (2 sem.)*

+

BCHM 561

=

BME 201

+

LS Elective (6 credits)

#4

BCHM 307

+

Organic Chem (1 sem.)*

   

=

BME 201

   

#5

BCHM 307

+

Organic Chem (2 sem.)*

   

=

BME 201

+

LS Elective (3 credits)

#6

BCHM 561

+

Organic Chem (2 sem.)*

   

=

BME 201

+

LS Elective (3 credits)

 

*Organic chemistry course options are: CHM 255/L+256/L (8), CHM 261/263+ 262/264 (8), MCMP 204+205 (8cr), CHEM C341+C344 (8) at IUPUI

 

Center for Career Opportunities ·  Pre-Professional Advising

Need more information? For the most up-to-date info on medical school requirements and other professional careers, check out the Pre-Professional Advising Office within CCO: http://www.purdue.edu/preprofessional.

If you are a current student, prospective student, or alum considering medical school or any other professional school, schedule an appointment with a pre-professional advisor today through their website, phone (765-496-2690), or email (preprofessional@purdue.edu)!