Pre-medical Studies

Pre Medical Studies provides the basis of biological knowledge required to continue the pursuance of a Medical Degree. This includes instruction in basic courses pertaining topics in biology, chemistry and scientific method.
Students are required to solidify knowledge in these areas of instruction; ensuring a student’s ability to comprehend scientific studies on a basic level, and providing a foundation for further studies involving in-depth academia.

Biological studies introduce concepts of organic material and its contribution to the function of life. This includes understanding of mechanisms of inheritance via DNA, different modes of reproduction in various classifications of life, and fundamental differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes in life cycle and metabolism. With this understanding students will be able to apply basic principles to more complicated systems of interaction and manipulation. Metabolism and functional characteristics of eukaryotes will exemplify basic shared mechanisms among living beings and provide a firm basis for acquisition of physiology in the following years of study. The mechanisms of eukaryotic metabolism will be paralleled by study of prokaryotic functioning (in microbiology), and understanding of interactions between the two types of life in terms of differences and similarities can be exploited in the more advanced studies in following years.

Chemistry introduces students to the molecular mechanisms and behaviors of atoms, molecules, and inter/intra-molecular interactions. This is the basis of metabolism, and therefore of life. It is impertinent for students to have a firm understanding of these mechanisms, manipulation, and characteristics, as they are an essential factor in the study of medicine. Students will be challenged with laboratory work as per scientific method, and will be required to compose laboratory reports for in-class experiments and will be assessed on ability to observe fundamentals in chemical nature.

Ethics compose a very prominent portion of the global society. For this reason, at American Northwest University ethical studies are explored from an early period within the provided education, as it an essential attribute to the study of medicine per treatment of respect of any patient. Here, ethical dilemmas will be discussed and presented to students to strengthen the moral fiber of our future Medical Doctors.

The latter portion of our PreMedical Studies program is preparation for students to continue with their Basic Medical Sciences. Students will be introduced to human anatomy and human physiology in a manner that extends upon their newly acquired basis in premedical studies. Here students will learn about the basics of human life and interactions of different elements of our nature in a structural and functional manner. This includes perspectives from a gross point of view (anatomy), a microscopic point of view (histology), and chemical nature involving both micro and macro aspects of interactions (physiology and immunology). Students who excel in these areas of study are primed for success in our Basic Medical Sciences and clinical rotations in health institutions.

Students that are applying to ANU directly from high school are required to enroll in the PreMedical Studies before continuing with Basic Medical Sciences. Students that are applying from another institution, and have evidence of completion of a number of or all the courses listed in the PreMedical Studies program, are subject to ANU evaluation and may be eligible for credit transfers or direct advancement to the Basic Medical Sciences. Further information regarding this process can be acquired at our department for Admission’s Office.

PreMedical Studies

(only necessary for students applying directly from secondary school)Two years of in-classroom lecture and laboratories. Students are required to complete:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Human Genetics
  • Ethics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Microbiology


  • Introduction to Histology and Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Anatomy
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Basic Microbiology and Immunology
  • Histology and Embryology


Students are required to select from the following electives in the pre-medical program:

  • Introduction to Medical Research
  • Medical Communication
  • Introduction to Medicine
  • Geographical Information Systems in Medicine
  • Basics of Clinical Practice
  • Health Psychology