AP Credits and med school

<p>Junior year I took three AP tests (Calc BC [3, 4 AB subscore], Chem [5], U.S. History [4]) and afterward, I found out a lot of med schools don't accept AP credit if I decide to use these AP credits to place out of first year chem, for example. </p>

<p>Will someone please tell me what's the deal with AP and med school? I feel like I shouldn't take AP Physics at my school because it's notoriously hard and it's "worthless" in the sense that I'd have to take physics again in college.</p>

<p>Most (I haven't heard of any exceptions yet) med schools will not accept AP credit for their requirements, and justifiably so. If the college you attend allows you to pass out of a class from your AP credit, you'll still have to complete the minimum required semesters of classes while in college (just with later classes in the series as oppose to starting from base/intro). AP physics is not "worthless"- those who go into college with some AP background in the subject will do better in those intro courses than others who go in cold turkey (or just significantly cut back on your studying time for at least the start of the course, theoretically). If you're a premed who wants to avoid AP physics in high school because its supposedly "notoriously hard," you're in for a long road- it only gets harder from there.</p>

<p>Do you have to retake all of those classes required for premed, or can you just skip, say, intro physics and take a higher level of physics? Is it even worth it to take AP tests then?</p>

<p>Hey, pinkflamingo, think about it this way. If you have to retake everything, you'll get a higher GPA (theoretically) and it'll be easier to get into med school. Hehe.</p>

<p>Too bad schools like UCSD base registration on how many units you've already completed, so if you choose to not use any of the AP credits, you start out at 0 with a lot of the other freshmen and you might not get the times/professors you want.</p>

<p>You can either take the credit and go into a higher level course, or retake the intro course; it's up to you.</p>

<p>Your calc scores are not high enough to even consider going on to the next level.</p>

<p>AP chem is a bit tricky. Most high school AP chem courses don't give you the lab skills you need for second level chem courses for pre-meds. Taking Organic and Physical chem, without the proper college foundation will leave you at the wrong end of a bell curve.</p>

<p>some colleges will give you elective credit for your history 4</p>

<p>As for passing on AP Physics--If you think its hard in high school five days a week in a class of 30--do you think it's easier in a large lecture hall at a faster pace? It's hard because it takes time to sink in--time you won't have in college</p>

<p>i think it's really hard to generalize when it comes to Med Schools and AP credits. I highly recommend going to individual websites of med schools to check out their requirements.</p>

<p>Well the AMCAS just takes your AP grade and course that its credit for an writes G in as a grade. Med schools will know that you used the credit, and some may not like it at all.</p>

<p>So if I use my US History AP credit, will it do anything to med school acceptance? It's not part of the pre-med requriements so it'd be elective. Same goes for Microeconomics and Statistics, I hope?</p>

<p>If you take a class at the local CC not for hs credit, can that transfer as well to fulfill the pre-med requirements?</p>

<p>Thanks so much</p>

<p>I'd like to know as well. Is using AP credits for non-premed required classes allowable (i.e. as flamingo mentioned, APUS, or Spanish Literature?) It seems like a drag to retake everything again.</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure that med schools only care about students fulfilling the pre-med courses at an university; it should be okay to use AP credits for courses outside of the pre-med curriculum. I don't know what the policy is about using credits from a CC.</p>