Have you considered a career as a physician but lack the required science classes?
The University of Arkansas premedical program is open to non-traditional students who have earned a bachelor's degree but are returning to college to complete the premedical requirements. In order to be successful, your undergraduate and post-baccalaureate GPA need to be competitive. Any student who intends to take classes at the University of Arkansas can seek premedical advice, take advantage of the premedical opportunities, and request a letter of evaluation from the UofA Premedical Advisory Committee.
Post-baccalaureate students are advised on an individual basis to design a plan of study that fits their needs and time-frame. Returning students may either enroll part-time (less than 12 credit hours) or as a full-time student (12 credit hours or greater). Our non-traditional students are highly motivated individuals from a diverse group of backgrounds, experiences, and ages. Guidance is available through premedical workshops and pre-professional advice to tackle the MCAT, application, and the all-important interview.
It is strongly recommended that students complete the medical school requirements before taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)and before applying to medical school. The science classes include two semesters each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology. We recommend two additional biology classes (chosen from cell biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and genetics). A student who begins in the summer semester can complete the classes in sequence in about a year. After taking the MCAT and applying to medical school there is a gap year while waiting to learn about acceptance and matriculation to medical school. Many students will seek jobs in health-care or research and take additional classes that are beneficial for medical school such as biochemistry, immunology, neurobiology, and/or cell physiology.
As a returning student enrolled in an intensive science program, taking classes in a supportive environment is essential. Chemistry classes have built-in small group sessions (Drill) that meet weekly to review lecture material with a teaching assistant. The Enhanced Learning Center on campus offers supplemental instruction and on-site tutoring which is open to all enrolled students.
Health Profession Experience
Post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to gain health profession experience in NW Arkansas which is a vital component of premedical preparation.