Well, in all honesty you don’t. The only requirement to get into medical school is to have an undergraduate degree.
However, we feel that if you don’t take anatomy and physiology classes in the less stressful and less intense phase of your education in undergraduate school, then you may as well punch yourself in the face right now.
It would be a huge mistake to try and get through medical school without first apprising yourself of the basic structures and functions of the human body.
Medical school moves fast and it leaves no prisoners. If you can’t keep up then you have two choices- get cut, or repeat. The more you have to repeat the longer your training will take and the more debt you will rack up as you flounder through your classes.
The best insurance against medical school whiplash is to prepare yourself with anatomy and physiology classes as part of your Bachelor’s Degree.
You may be looking at the required class list for your major and find a lack of anatomy and physiology on there. If this is the case, so what?! Take the classes offered anyway.
Mark them as electives, or if you have to audit the courses. The more anatomy and physiology classes you take before you get into medical school, the better shape you will be in when you get to medical school.
Here are just some of the benefits you can get from taking anatomy and physiology classes before medical school:
- You will know how to study. There is a lot of memorization involved in anatomy and physiology classes. If you don’t know how to do that well, then this is your chance to figure it out before it hinders you in medical school.
- It will look good on your transcript. Medical school boards are going to like seeing classes like this on your Bachelor’s transcript when they consider who to allow into their medical programs.
- You will know which parts challenge you. Some people struggle with muscles, others have a rough time with the nerves. If you know which part of anatomy and physiology you struggle most with, you will know which parts to study hardest in medical school.
- You can skip right to the hard stuff. If you can skip over the introduction to the class, you will be ahead of the other students, and will have time to focus on the aspects of anatomy and physiology that you know will be harder, or that you have yet to encounter.
- The terminology will be more familiar. There is a lot of funny words in anatomy and physiology books. Having a basic foundation of this verbage will help you to keep up with the professor as he spits out all the possibly foreign language.
These are just the most basic benefits you can receive from taking anatomy and physiology classes before you get into medical school. Even if those classes are not required for your major, find a way to fit them into your schedule. You will thank yourself later.