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The field of medicine is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness, and to raising and maintaining the quality of life within our communities.

If you're aiming for a future at medical school, TCC can prepare you with a specialization in biology that includes the many of the classes and skills you'll need to fulfill med-school prerequisites. Most pre-med students at TCC transfer to the University of Washington to complete their bachelor's degree.

Contact Pattie Green, Faculty Advisor in Medicine.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college pre-medicine program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate of Science (PDF) Degree with a Specialization in Biology (PDF)

Program Planning

Although the UW School of Medicine does not officially require a bachelor's degree, one is generally necessary in order to be a competitive applicant. Medical schools do not give preference to any particular major. Thus the major should be considered as a basis for future career or graduate study if the student is not accepted to medical school.

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, and biology.

Students interested in medicine should gain as much exposure to the profession as possible by observing, assisting, and gaining work experience in offices, clinics, hospitals, and research facilities.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate Degree of Sciences (college transfer).

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 or MATH& 146
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Social Science
CHEM& 263
Humanities or Social Science
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science distribution course lists.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PHYS 114 and 115 are recommended as elective courses. They are required by most medical schools.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a biology advisor.

The University of Washington transfer guide encourages pre-med students to read the publication: Medical School Admissions Requirements for further information. This book is available in book stores or from: The Association of American Medical Colleges, Attn. Membership and Publication Orders, Suite 200, One Dupont Circle N. W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

Approved Distribution Course List

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