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College of science. Medical/Dental School Info. College of Science. Mr. Robby Bowen Ms. Kim Kubicek Ms. Courtni Guidry Ms. Krista Baron Ms. Rachel Singleton Ms. Martha Cedotal, Asst. Dean. Medical & Dental School. 2 years Basic Sciences Step 1 Licensure exam (USMLE)

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College of science


School Info

college of science
College of Science
  • Mr. Robby Bowen
  • Ms. Kim Kubicek
  • Ms. Courtni Guidry
  • Ms. Krista Baron
  • Ms. Rachel Singleton
  • Ms. Martha Cedotal, Asst. Dean
medical dental school
Medical & Dental School
  • 2 years Basic Sciences
    • Step 1 Licensure exam (USMLE)
  • 2 years Clinical Rotations
    • Step 2 Licensure Exam
  • Post-graduate Residency
    • Step 3 Licensure Exam
  • Licensure
premed predent @ lsu
Premed/Predent @ LSU
  • 1200 entering freshmen declare PMED/PDEN
  • ~400 LSU students apply to medical/dental/optometry/podiatry school
  • 200-220 LSU students are accepted
application procedure
Application Procedure
  • Core course requirements
  • Test scores
  • Formal application
  • Faculty & Committee letters
freshman year
Freshman Year
  • Focus on academic performance
  • Develop maturity and independence
  • Work on core requirements
  • Explore majors
  • Read!!
sophomore year
Sophomore Year
  • Choose a major
  • Develop relationships with faculty
  • Get Clinical Experience
  • Get involved
  • Summer Programs
  • Read!!
junior year
Junior Year
  • Maintain good grades
  • Finish core requirements
  • Build your resume (clinical experience, leadership, etc.)
  • Attend Application meeting (Fall)
  • Take MCAT/DAT (Spring)
  • Apply to professional school
senior year
Senior Year
  • Complete degree requirements
  • Professional School Interviews
  • Keep in mind a parallel plan
lsu medical school statistics
LSU Medical School Statistics
  • Average overall GPA: ~3.7
  • Average science GPA: >3.7
  • Average MCAT composite score is ~30 (9+ in each category)
  • BS/BA degree
  • Limited out of state resident seats (up to 40 in New Orleans)
out of state private medical schools
Out of State/Private Medical Schools

Louisiana residents wanting to go out of state:

  • 3.8 GPA
  • 32+ MCAT Composite minimum
  • Competing with applicants nationwide
lsu dental school statistics
LSU Dental School Statistics
  • ~3.6 Overall GPA
  • ~3.6 Science GPA
  • 20 Academic Average DAT
  • 19 Perceptual Ability DAT
  • No subtest scores below 18
choosing a major
Choosing a Major
  • Students can choose any major but you need a good science foundation
  • Choose what you enjoy and earn good grades
  • Take as many science courses as possible
non science majors
Non-science Majors
  • Science GPA is crucial
  • Above average overall GPA
  • Extra science course work
  • MCAT/DAT implications
  • Possibly earn a science minor
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
core requirements
Core Requirements
  • Biology 1201/1208, 1202/1209
  • LSU Dental: MBIO and BCH now required
  • LSU Med-Shreveport requires 2 additional semesters of BIOL;
  • General Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212
  • Organic Chemistry 2261, 2262, 2364
  • Physics 2001, 2002, 2108, 2109
  • English 6-9 hours of credit
  • Changes coming—statistics/Biochemistry
core requirements1
Core Requirements
  • At least 90 hours of credit
  • Complete an undergraduate degree
  • Many schools may have additional requirements (calculus, genetics, psychology)
  • Always check with admissions office at any school of interest
suggested courses
Suggested Courses
  • Biology 4087 (biochemistry)
  • Biology 3156 (devl. zoology)
  • Biology 4160 (vert. physiology)
  • Biology 4104 (histology)
  • HUEC 1110/3010 (nutrition)
  • KIN 2500 (human anatomy)
  • EXST 2201 (statistics)
  • Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology
  • Bio-ethics
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Suggested Courses
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Pre-dental students
    • Jewelry making
    • Ceramics
good advice
Good Advice
  • Take labs with lectures
  • Don’t put off math
  • Balance science with non-science
  • Take advantage of free tutoring, supplemental instruction & learning assistance
good advice1
Good Advice
  • Visit faculty during office hours
  • Know your degree requirements
  • Challenge yourself academically, taking the easy way out doesn’t help in the long run; remember the competition.
  • Take Personal responsibility!!!
advanced placement
Advanced Placement
  • Prerequisite courses should be taken in residence
  • Check the policy at the medical/dental schools you are interested in attending
  • Preference is given to courses earned in classroom with a grade
admissions committees ask 3 questions
Admissions Committees ask 3 questions:
  • Can the applicant “do it”?
    • grades; MCAT/DAT; semester loads; time management; juggle responsibilities; critical thinker; handle stress;
  • Will the applicant “do it”?
    • challenges self; works hard; team player; perseveres; solves problems; motivated for right reasons;
  • Should the applicant “do it”?
    • Compassionate? Caring? Good communication skills;

ethical? Honest? Integrity? Professionalism?

competency based admissions
Competency Based Admissions

Interpersonal Competencies

Service oriented

Social/Interpersonal Skills

Cultural Competence

Team Work

Oral Communication

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Competency Based Admissions

Intrapersonal Competencies

Integrity and Ethics

Reliability and Dependability

Resilience and Adapatability

Capacity for Improvement

  • Academic Record
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Test Scores
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Letters of Evaluation
academic record
Academic Record
  • GPA
  • Course loads
  • Upper Division Credits
  • Research
  • “W” grades
average course loads
Average Course Loads
  • 15 to 17 hours per semester
  • MCAT/DAT semester
  • Work schedule is considered
  • Should be advancing in your major/taking higher level courses
  • Faculty members need good, dependable student assistants
  • Opportunity to get to know faculty
  • Shows responsibility and interest
  • Active learning
  • Clubs/Organizations
  • Work
  • Volunteer service
  • Medical/Dental experience
health related experience
Health Related Experience
  • Local hospitals-paid or volunteer
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice
dental experience
Dental Experience
  • Work
  • Observe different practices

and specialty areas

  • Volunteer
  • Extremely Important for Pre-dental students!
health related student organizations
Health Related Student Organizations
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • Minority Science Pre-Professional Society
  • Student Christian Medical Association
  • Multiculturalism in Healthcare
good activities
Good Activities
  • Get actively involved in 1 or 2 organizations (quality over quantity)
  • Seek leadership positions
  • Keep record/journal of your activities and volunteer experiences
  • Read journals to keep current on health-related issues
  • Goal is to learn and develop skills
current mcat
Current MCAT
  • Computer based test format
  • 32 Administrations on 30 days (January, April, May, June, July, August, September)
  • 4.5 hrs. in length; AM/ PM test times.
  • Results in 30 days (14 days in future)
  • Register 3-4 months in advance: Prometric Testing Centers/LSU Testing Center
current mcat1
Current MCAT
  • Physical Science
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Biological Sciences
  • Possible score of 15 on each subtest
big changes for mcat 2015
  • 4 subtests now:
    • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; 65 items; 95 minutes; 25% BCH; 65% intro biol; 5% Gen Chem; 5% Org Chem.
    • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; 65 items, 95 minutes; 15% BCH; 5% Intro BIOL; 30% Gen Chem; 25% Organic Chem; 25% Physics;
big changes for mcat 20151
  • Psychological/Social/Biological Foundations of Behavior; 65 items; 95 minutes; 60% Intro PSYC; 30% intro SOCL; 10% Intro BIOL.
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; 60 items, 90 minutes; Reading passages from humanities areas, social sciences, ethics, philosphy, cross-cultural studies, health. Designed to test analytical reasoning skills.
big changes for mcat 2015 implications
BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015-Implications

Broader background of courses needed: Social Sciences, Statistics, Analytical Reasoning, Biochemisry;

Focus on scientific inquiry and reasoning not memorizing and restating;

Critical Analysis/Problem Solving;

Goals: develop interdisciplinary science skills

Integrate knowledge from many perspectives

Understand connection between natural sciences and social sciences

more info on mcat 2015
More Info on MCAT 2015
  • expose yourself to as many different areas of knowledge as possible.
  • Free tutorial videos:
  • Register on-line (
  • Review Courses
    • Kaplan
    • Princeton Review
    • Practice tests at AAMC website
  • Online test administration
  • Prometric Registration Center
  • May be taken year round
  • May be repeated after 90 days; must obtain documentation after 3rd test.
  • Suggest Spring of Junior year
  • Registration on-line:
  • Natural Sciences
    • Biology, Gen & Organic Chem
  • Perceptual Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scores from 1-30
personal characteristics










Personal Characteristics
evaluation letters
Evaluation Letters
  • LSU Premed/Predent Committee
  • Faculty letters
  • Critically important part of the application process!!!
  • Get to know your faculty members
important publications
Important Publications
  • Medical School Admission Requirements (online version)
  • Admission Requirements of U.S. & Canadian Dental Schools
application process
Application Process
  • 15-16 months before enrollment—end of Junior year
  • Take AdmissionTest Spring-Jr Year
  • Two Stage Application:
    • Online Standardized Application Service
    • Individualized Secondary Application from each school
professional school application services
Professional School Application Services
  • Association of Medical Colleges Application Service-MD (AMCAS)
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service- DO (AACOMAS)
  • Texas Medica/Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS)
professional school application services1
Professional School Application Services
  • American Assoc of Dental Schools Application Service-DDS/DMD (AADSAS)
  • Optometry Centralized Application Service – 0D- (OPTOMCAS)
  • American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service-DPM-(AACPMAS)
  • American Association of Medical Colleges:
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American Dental Education Association:
  • Association of Schools& Colleges of Optometry:
nontraditional transfer students
Nontraditional/Transfer Students
  • May want to speak with a Premedical/Predental Counselor
career options

Career Options

Physician Assistant






Occupational Therapy

Medical Technology



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