How To Become A Doctor – Pre Med Community College Track

by Steve Franklin

Becoming a doctor by starting out at community college - and all the steps in between.

Becoming a doctor is the proactive way to earn a rewarding living, and it is possible to begin at a local community college. The healthcare industry expects dramatic shortages in the coming decades. For this reason, it is easier than ever for students to work towards a medical degree. Several steps are found along the way to a career as a doctor, and students should be prepared for at least eight years of post-high school education. Attending a community college offers several benefits, and most students can save money on tuition, books and other expenses. Here are the major steps on the way to becoming a licensed medical doctor.

Applying to Community College
Most community colleges have their own application process, and high school graduates should start as soon as possible. Adults can also benefit from classes, and many doctors go back to school in their 30s or 40s. Filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is essential to find funding. The FAFSA is a government form that allows students to benefit from federal education programs. The form is essential for Pell Grants, school scholarships and federal student loans. Community colleges usually offer programs that are provided in conjunction with local universities. Their classes are usually cheaper, and most offer an associate’s degree. The degree commonly takes two years of study, but students can complete the requirements sooner or later.

While attending community college, it is essential for students to focus on the pre-med track. Medical schools require students to take the Medical College Acceptance Test (MCAT). The MCAT tests for basic information about anatomy, physiology, chemistry and other undergraduate courses. For this reason, students should consult the community college’s education counselor. Most students are automatically given a counselor. These experts offer insight into the particular classes that are required for an individual’s goals. After a student earns an associate’s degree, it is time to head to an undergraduate university.

Pre-Med Degrees and Bachelors of Science (BS)
A bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance to an accredited medical school. Most universities offer pre-med majors, and they routinely take transfer students from community colleges. Applying to a four year institution is essential. Most universities require transcripts, FAFSA and an application. There is also a small fee that is charged for most applications. During an undergraduate education, students should be sure to spend time studying the appropriate classes. Earning a bachelor’s of science is imperative, and most community college graduates spend two years focusing on science, math, anatomy and physiology while working on their BS.

MCAT and Medical School Applications
The MCAT is required for admission to most medical schools, and many students take the test more than once. Study guides are readily available and offer more information on the test’s questions and subject matter. Applications also need to be filled out and sent to the appropriate medical schools. The Internet facilitates the admissions process, and most medical schools take applications online. Choosing a particular educational institution will affect career choices, and several magazines and Internet sites cover the leading medical schools.

Medical School and Internships
A medical school usually requires four years of full time devotion. Students spend the first few years learning the body’s parts and functions. As an education progresses, many med students choose a specialty. This focus is usually honed during an internship. Internships occur at the end of an education and provide the hands-on experience that licensed doctors need.

This post was written by Steve Franklin

Steve Franklin is a writer and content manager for, a website dedicated to helping aspiring students connect with colleges and universities in their area. Visit them to learn more:

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Nikki Hilton July 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

Ohh excellent information to become doctor. But implementation is very hard.


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