Even if the journey to becoming a doctor is neither simple nor short, pre-med foundation degrees are a great step for international students who come from an academic system that’s not compatible with the one in top study destinations.
A pre-med preparation course can also be useful if you don’t meet language requirements or minimum grades for undergraduate admission to medical-related studies.
Read below three cases in which a foundation, pre-Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s degree can help with your medical school preparation:
1. If you are an international student who plans to study Medicine in the USA
And you haven’t completed a Bachelor’s degree outside the US
You’ll likely need to take a pre-Bachelor’s from a USA university or college to meet requirements for undergraduate university admission. You may not necessarily have to take a pre-med Bachelor’s, as in the USA, most medical schools don’t require a specific type of Bachelor’s for admission to med school.
However, it’s never too early to start learning the basic subjects required for med school. You’ll need a high GPA score for med school admission (no less than 3.5), so it’s good to build a basis for getting good grades early on during your undergraduate studies.
And you have completed a Bachelor’s degree outside the US
You may have to take a preparation course in the USA to meet the requirements needed to apply to an American med school. International foundation years in Medicine train students for taking the medical admission exam.
They also provide training to make sure students are aligned with subject requirements, and that they have the right English language skills. You will need to prepare for the MCAT exam, and some pre-Masters in Medicine may offer help.
2. If you are an international student who plans to study Medicine in the UK
And you haven’t completed a Bachelor’s in a country outside the EU
You can prepare for starting your undergraduate degree studies in the UK with an appropriate pre-Bachelor’s.
You might also need to take a preparation course to advance your English language level, an important requirement for an undergraduate course in Medicine in the UK. A number of medical schools will also expect the completion of the clinical aptitude test UCAT.
And you have studied Medicine outside the EU
You may have the option of taking an accelerated Medicine study track to align with the British medical system (if the medical school you’re applying to has this option).
International foundation years in Medicine help students gain entry to Medical, Biomedical or Healthcare degrees, but you probably won’t be able to fully convert your previous undergraduate knowledge to the UK medical system.
As a graduate student, you can prepare for taking an MBBS course in Medicine, which usually takes five years to complete, instead of six (which is the case for Bachelor’s students).
3. If you want to attend other types of Medical studies
Medical studies don’t only prepare students to become doctors. You have plenty of other career options in the field of health sciences that pre-Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s preparation can greatly help you with.
Pre-Bachelors in Medicine include preparation for areas such as:
- Health and social care
- Sport and fitness
- Maternity support
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Paramedic science
- Veterinary science
Pre-Masters in Medicine include courses such as:
- Health informatics
- Counselling and therapy
- Health services administration
What do pre-med preparation classes include?
Some of the most common subjects covered by pre-med pathway programmes include general Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Advanced pre-Masters also include topics like Anatomy.
More technical specialisations also include Mathematics classes. By the time you finish those classes, you’ve made a good start toward a Biology or Chemistry degree, so lots of pre-med students choose one of those as their major.
Pre-med classes also include academic skills training, including verbal and written communication, as well as English language classes and cultural integration programmes.
Don’t hesitate and get ready to apply for medical schools abroad with the right pre-med foundation year!