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Pre- Medicine

Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What is Medicine?

Medicine is the applied science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of healthcare practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness in people. Contemporary medicine applies health science, biomedical research, and medical technology to diagnose and treat injury and disease, typically through medication or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints and traction, prostheses, biologics, ionizing radiation, and others. 

Admission recommendations

The acceptance into any of the following Medical programs depends on successfully completing some undergraduate study. Generally, the more education a student has completed, the more successful their application is. Although some universities only require 60 credits of prerequisite coursework, it is strongly recommended that students complete a 4-year Bachelor’s degree before applying.

After completing the requirements for the pre-profession program at King’s, you can apply to the professional program at one of the following Canadian universities.

Medicine at: University of Alberta

  • All applicants to the MD Program must be registered in, or have completed, a degree program.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to our program is the successful completion of at least two full years of full-time university work (60 units of course weight--10 full course equivalents) of which one year (30 units of course weight--five full course equivalents) must be taken during one academic year. (An academic year is September 1 to April 30 inclusive).
  • MCAT results
  • Personal attributes and reference letters
  • Interview
  • Prerequisite courses to be included in the 60 units of course weight are: General Chemistry (may include Inorganic Chemistry), Organic Chemistry, Biology (may include Microbiology, Zoology, Genetics, Botany, Physiology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Entomology), Physics, English, Statistics, and Biochemistry.

Medicine at: University of Calgary

  • Student must be a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant to be eligible to apply
  • Requires two years of full-time university education
  • These courses are highly recommended for admission purposes: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, English, Physics and Physiology, either Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology, either Calculus or Statistics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.20 out of 4.00 for Albertans and 3.60 out of 4.00 for non-Albertans
  • MCAT results
  • Other information (interview, letter of reference, etc.)

King’s can offer the 60 credits required for acceptance into Doctor of Medicine at University of Alberta or University of Calgary. The specific required courses should be researched in advance to ensure transferability. King’s recommends finishing a 4-year Bachelor of Science to prepare for the Doctor of Medicine Program.

Medicine at: University of Toronto

Medicine at: McGill University

Medicine at: University of British Columbia

NOTE: The acceptance into any of the previously mentioned universities depends on successfully completing some undergraduate study. Generally, the more education a person has, the more successful their acceptance is. Although some universities may only require 60 credits, it is very strongly recommended a student completes a Bachelor’s degree before applying--specifically a 4-year Bachelor of Science. Be prepared, and have enough education when applying into medical school.

“I advise many of our pre-medical students and have been very gratified to see the successful track record they have had in obtaining admission to leading medical schools in Canada. One of our third-year students from Ontario interviewed at Dalhousie Medical School and at Queen’s. That student worked with us full-time last summer as an undergraduate research student, funded by a prestigious NSERC undergraduate research award. Two of my students will be presenting their work at conferences in Victoria (Regional Conference), Saskatoon (National Conference), and Beijing (International Conference) this summer. It’s been really fun to see what a difference those experiences have made for them, both in their personal growth and development of a professional portfolio.”

Dr. Peter Mahaffy
Professor of Chemistry

Recommended first degree at King's:

Bachelor of Science

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