When to Apply

Most Brown students aspiring to the health professions choose to take one or more years off from school before beginning their professional training. In doing so, they are able to spread their required courses over four years of undergraduate study. This "four-year plan" allows more flexibility in course selection (including study abroad options) and more time to develop a strong set of clinical, research, and other activities.

If you wish to enter medical school or some other health profession training program in the fall after you graduate from Brown, you must complete all of your required pre-med or health profession courses by the end of your junior year. You should also have taken any required standardized tests (MCAT, DAT, etc.) by that time and have a well-developed portfolio of clinical, research, and other extracurricular activities. 

Below are two sample plans of study for completing your medical school/health professions school requirements. The first plan spreads the requirements over four years, while the second plan compresses requirements into a three-year span. Note that neither plan includes courses for the English requirement (typically two courses). Remember, too that requirements are not uniform across all medical/health professions schools. Finally, remember that these are sample plans. You should develop a plan in consultation with your advisors that reflects your own interests and needs. 

Before reading over these plans, view the list of Brown courses that fulfill health and medicine school requirements.

Four Year Plan Sample Programs*

Time Period Sample I Sample II
Year 1
  • Fall--CHEM 0330, math course (if no AP)                      
  • Spring--CHEM 0350, BIOL 0200 (if no AP), math (if no AP)
  • Fall--math course (if no AP), CHEM 0100 
  • Spring--math course (if no AP), BIOL 0200

Year 2

  • Fall--CHEM 0360                
  • Spring--BIOL w/lab
  • Fall--CHEM 0330
  • Spring--CHEM 0350
Year 3
  • PHYS 0030- 0040 and fourth course in chemistry or BIOL 0280
  • Fall--CHEM 0360      
  • Spring--BIOL w/lab
Year 4
  • MCAT (or other) spring of senior year (study abroad junior year?)
  • Fall--PHYS 0300  
  • Spring--PHYS 0400; MCAT, DAT, etc.
Summer Following Graduation
  • Complete applications
  • Complete applications
Year After Graduation
  • Interviews at schools and decisions
  • Interviews at schools and decisions

 

Three Year Plan Sample Programs*

Time Period Sample I Sample II
Year 1
  • Fall--CHEM 0330, math course
  • Spring--CHEM 0350, math (if no AP) and BIOL 0200 (if no AP)
  • Fall--math course (if no AP), CHEM 0100
  • Spring--math course (if no AP), BIOL 0200
Year 2
  • Fall--CHEM 0360
  • Spring--BIOL course w/lab
  • Fall--CHEM 0330, BIOLcourse w/lab
  • Spring--CH 0350
Year 3
  • Fall--PHYS 0300
  • Spring--PHYS 0400, MCAT, DAT, etc.
  • Fall--CHEM 0360, PHYS 0030
  • Spring--PH0040, MCAT, DAT, etc.
Summer
  • Complete applications
  • Complete applications
Year 4
  • Complete fourth chemistry course or BIOL 0280, 
  • Interviews at schools and decisions
  • Interviews at schools and decisions