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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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Medical dental school info

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

Suggested courses1
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

Competency based admissions1
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:


Medical dental school info

  • Register on-line (

  • Review Courses

    • Kaplan

    • Princeton Review

    • Practice tests at AAMC website

Medical dental school info

  • 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:

Medical dental school info

  • 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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