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Advanced Placement Courses

Many medical schools will not accept AP scores as a substitute for requisite premedical science courses. They will, however, accept advanced course work of comparable length in the same discipline in which the student has an AP score.

Thus, if you have AP credit in Chemistry and decide not to take General Chemistry, you should plan on taking advanced course work in Chemistry (including Biochemistry) equal to a full year with laboratory. Organic Chemistry does not count in this case since it is already one of the courses required for admission to medical school.

Some medical schools are beginning to move to a "competency" model of pre-requisite work. This means that they will not have specific requirements, but rather expect that you understand the subject matter required to do well on the MCAT and in your first two years of medical school. Please contact an advisor to discuss AP credits and the premedical requirements.