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2018-2019 College Catalog 
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Medicine Pre-Major, AS-T1 Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.

Use the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

The next step is to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school, then apply to a Medical School.

Where can I go for help?

Program Faculty Advisors


Linda Kuehnert
206-546-4575 lkuehnert@shoreline.edu Rm 2821
Dave Phippen
206-546-4572 dphippen@shoreline.edu Rm 2817
Guy Ting
206-546-4692 gting@shoreline.edu Rm 2822
Joyce Fagel
206-546-6984 jfagel@shoreline.edu Rm 5229

For course information and entry codes, contact:


General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Where can I transfer?

The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing within a four-year Bachelor’s degree program (please see the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide for a list of schools) Students can transfer to any college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree before applying to a Medical School. Washington state institutions with medical schools are listed below.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences *
* Osteopathic Medical School located in Yakima, Washington
University of Washington
Washington State University - Spokane

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education - 18-20 Credits

Communication (8-10 Credits)

Take ENGL& 101  and either ENGL& 102 , ENGL& 230 , or CMST& 101 .

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits

Select one course from the Humanities  course list, one course from the Social Sciences  course list, and a third course from either list.

Pre-Major Requirements - 29.5 Credits


Additional Math:

Very few medical schools require MATH& 152  orMATH& 163 , but the AS degree requires MATH& 152  and either MATH& 163  or MATH 211 . A statistics class such as MATH& 146  or MATH 211  is highly recommended for all medical schools.

Pre-Major Requirements - 15-21 Credits

Select any two biology, chemistry, or physics sequences from the list below to complete the AS degree. Medical schools require all three sequences; you will take the remaining sequence after you transfer to university.

Bilolgy: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213  

Algebra-based Physics: PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , PHYS& 116   -OR-

Calculus-based Physics: PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223  

Chemistry: CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 , CHEM& 243 /CHEM 273  

Electives -Biochemistry

These courses are not required for the AS-T degree, but biochemistry is necessary to prepare for taking the MCAT exam and medical school curriculum. Most students take biochemistry at the university after transfer.

Chemistry: CHEM 255 , CHEM 256  

More information about programs in Medicine

U.S. medical schools require a Bachelor’s degree for admission. Provided students complete the required prerequisites, medical schools allow students to study any academic major for admissions. Students are encouraged to choose a major which they find of value and interest whether or not they go to medical school.

Medical schools look for personal attributes, e.g., a breath of interests, perseverance, curiosity, integrity, responsibility, communication skills and multicultural understanding and skills. Pre-med students should develop a broad understanding of the U.S. health care system and volunteer or work in the health care field. The admission process for medical school takes a full year. For more information:

University of Washington - Seattle

M.D. - Medical Doctor

Course requirements: 6 quarters of Social Science or Humanities; 9 quarters of Chemistry and Biology; and 3 quarters of Algebra or Calculus based Physics. More info at https://www.uwmedicine.org/education/md-program/admissions/applicants. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; preference is given to Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho residents.

Washington State University - Spokane

M.D. - Medical Doctor

Washington State University has started a new medical school in Spokane. Course requirements: 12 quarter credits of biology with lab, 6 quarter credits of organic chemistry with lab, 6 quarter credits of physics with lab. More info at https://medicine.wsu.edu.

Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences - Yakima

D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Course requirements: 9 credits of English composition and literature; 12 credits of general chemistry; 12 credits or organic chemistry; 12 credits of physics; 18 credits of biological sciences. More info at https://www.pnwu.edu/admissions/prospective-students

Medicine - What is it?

Physicians diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. They examine patients, document medical histories, perform medical procedures, interpret tests, prescribe medications and advise patients how to prevent and manage disease. Many physicians practice family medicine, while others work in an area of specialization.

Areas of study in Medicine: Primary Care, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Pharmacology, Cardiology, among many others.

What can I do with a Doctoral Degree in Medicine?

During the fourth year of medical school students choose an area of practice, such as family medicine, or one of the many medical specialties. Some choose careers in research, teaching, writing, or public policy. The training, duties and salaries are different depending on the area of specialization.

Potential employers include: Hospitals, medical clinics, universities, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies, the World Health Organization, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private practice. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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