<p>I don't know if it's true that med schools prefer bio majors, or if the majority of med students choose to be bio majors for other reasons. You could talk to a pre-med adviser and find out.</p>
<p>I personally think it's a good idea to major in something you are interested in while completing the pre-med requirements. Most pre-med students never make it to med school and have to make a career out of their undergraduate major. It's great if your major lends itself to a backup career, and even better if it's actually related to medicine!</p>
<p>Northeastern's athletic training program is being phased out and does no longer accept new students. They still have a 6-year physical therapy program. Keep in mind though that med school will add another 4 years to your formal education plus 3-5 years of residency. Maybe you don't want to spend 6 years on your undergraduate education if your ultimate goal is to become a surgeon.</p>
But are these programs/majors just things that anyone can choose after being admitted or are they special programs that I have to apply for that's even harder than applying just as a regular student??
That will vary by school. At BU you would have to apply directly to the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, either as an athletic training major or undeclared. If you wanted to switch to a bio major later, you would have to apply for an intra-university transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences.</p>
<p>You have to check each college individually. As a rule of thumb, it is generally a lot easier to transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences (e.g. for bio) than to transfer into a more specialized program. Arts and science majors are set up with a lot of flexibility (most colleges don't even require their arts and science majors to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year!) while professional degree programs are usually more structured and may require your full commitment from day one.</p>