Premedical Education Course of Study 

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It’s all about options and increasing your opportunities to be successful. Getting an engineering or science undergraduate degree can be taken to the next level with a Premedical Education Course of Study. This is ideal for students who are considering medical school, a job in the growing Biotechnical industry, or continuing their education in graduate school. Medicine is becoming an increasingly technical field; an engineering or science degree and the Premedical Education Course of Study can prepare you to be a great doctor, medical researcher, or designer of tomorrow’s lifesaving technologies.

Two of Kettering's programs already include the specific courses required for entrance into most medical schools: Biochemistry and Chemistry. Students in any of the other degree programs can obtain the required courses by taking the Biochemistry minor (Organic Chemistry I , Organic Chemistry II, and Biochemistry I) and adding General Biology and Human Biology to obtain the most common Medical School pre-requisites which are:

  • 1 year (2 courses) of General Chemistry*: CHEM-137/138, CHEM-237/238
  • 1 year (2 courses) of Organic Chemistry**, CHEM-345/346, CHEM-347/348***
  • 1 year (2 courses) of Biology: BIOL-141/142, BIOL-241/242
  • ½ year (1 course) in Biochemistry***: CHEM-351/352

Note: Engineering students can typically utilize free or technical electives to take a portion of the credits in the Premedical Education Course of Study. In addition to the Premedical Education Course of Study, Engineering students are typically required to take a Senior Capstone Course (sometimes referred to as a Senior Project Course) to complete their Major Degree course requirements. The typical Engineering student pursuing the Premedical Education Course of Study will require more credits (~8 credits) than a given Engineering Program—refer to your department degree program requirements for complete details. The typical Medical School does not include courses in Anatomy and Physiology—refer to a given Medical School for details.

* General Chemistry is also known as Principles of Chemistry; General Chemistry I is already part of the typical Engineering curricula—as such, non-Chemistry/Biochemistry students must coordinate with their home department on the possibility of replacing Industrial Organic Chemistry (which is included in the typical Engineering Curricula) with General Chemistry II. 

** Industrial Organic Chemistry which is included in the Engineering curricula is not considered sufficient for most Medical Schools. 

***The two Organic Chemistry and one Biochemistry courses comprise the Biochemistry Minor; as such students completing the Premedical Education Course of Study will be awarded the Biochemistry Minor on their transcript; the Premedical Education Course of Study will not appear on the transcript.

Is Premed For You?

What kind of student is suited for Medical School? The type of student suited for medical school is one who is attending out of his drive to help others. One that will apply his talents and abilities to working hard to advance medical science. It is not a field to enter just for the money, or you will never make it through medical school. ~ Jennifer L. Aurandt Ph.D.

What undergrad degree is best to get you in Med School and WHY? Biology and chemistry best prepare one material/coursework-wise, but med schools now-a-days are interested in a broad background and diversity of their students (even students with social science and liberal arts degrees). However, the difference between undergrad biology or chemistry and medical school is the transition from memorization/facts to the application of such knowledge in real situations with greater depth and detail. ~ Ali Zand Ph.D.

Common mistakes students make when thinking about or preparing for Medical School tests/applications. The biggest mistake students make when thinking about preparing for Med School tests/applications is not starting to prepare soon enough. Kaplan courses are very helpful. At the very least, students should buy the books and study consistently from them instead of cramming at the last minute. ~ Stacy Seeley Ph.D.

What interests/skills should an engineering student thinking about pursuing pre-med possess? An engineering student, or any student for that matter, should have an incredibly strong internal sense that medicine is what they want to do. Between high school and practicing as a doctor there are many educational steps and commitments. There are lots of things to distract you along the way and someone without an intensive amount of drive will be likely to get sidetracked in their academic pursuit. "Maybe I want to be a doctor," won't work. Once you are finished with medical school, you essentially listen to people complain all day. I would say, out of the students who set out to obtain a medical degree, 1 out of 10 students will make it. This information is not meant to discourage students from pursuing careers in the medical field, it is merely to let students know what they are getting into and that they must be single mindedly focused on their goal. ~ Patrick Atkinson

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