Premed Curriculum

Bar-Ilan students preparing for medical school

After one year, students who have completed the Bar-Ilan Postbac Premed program will be extremely well-prepared to apply to, and succeed in, medical school, dental school, veterinary school, nursing school, or other health-profession graduate program.

Bar-Ilan offers a comprehensive curriculum that fulfills all the premedical requirements. Over a 11-month period, you will carry a full-time course load of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math (calculus and statistics), and intensive MCAT preparation. Each semester course meets for 4 hours a week in two weekly meetings; each laboratory course meets for four hours a week in a single session. The intensive MCAT preparation course includes 54 classroom hours and 30 testing hours, spread across two semesters.

Course Schedule and Descriptions

August Session

  • General chemistry I
    Electronic structure of atoms, their chemical properties, and the periodic table; bonding; phases of matter and phase equilibria; stoichiometry; thermodynamics and thermochemistry; rate processes in chemical reactions – kinetics and equilibrium; solution chemistry; acids and bases; electrochemistry
  • Calculus
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trig, logarithmic, and exponential functions; Applications of differentiation, including graphing, max-min problems, tangent line approximation, implicit differentiation, and applications to the sciences; the mean value theorem; Indefinite and definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, substitution in integration, the area under a curve and applications
  • Emergency medicine (elective)
    The complete Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) course in emergency medicine. The program begins with a 60-hour first-aid training course; an intense ten days of learning that covers material ranging from bandaging a simple wound through CPR and mass-casualty incidents. The training is followed by volunteer work on ambulances.

Fall Semester

  • Biology I
    Molecular biology: enzymes and metabolism; DNA and protein synthesis; eukaryotes; microbiology; the generalized eukaryotic cell; specialized eukaryotic cells and tissues
  • General chemistry laboratory
    Introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. experimental determination of Avogadro's number; determination of ZnI2; phase transitions; gas laws; Le Chatelier's principle and system equilibrium; acids and bases; weak acid buffering; titration with EDTA; electrochemical cells; thermochemistry and Hess' Law; kinetics study
  • Organic chemistry I
    The covalent bond; molecular structure and spectra; separations and purifications; hydrocarbons
  • Physics I
    Translational motion; force, motion, and gravitation; equilibrium and momentum; work and energy; waves and periodic motion; sound; fluids and solids
  • Physics I Laboratory
    Introduction to the techniques of experimental physics.

Spring Semester

  • Biology II
    The nervous and endocrine systems; the circulatory, lymphatic, and immune systems; the digestive and excretory systems; the muscle and skeletal systems; the respiratory system; the skin system; the reproductive system and development; genetics; evolution and the origin of life
  • Biology laboratory
    How to work in a biology laboratory: The basic tools of pipetting, centrifugation, spectroscopy, balance, pH meter, light microscope, and sterile technique. The anatomy and evaluation of the physiology of three systems: cardiac and circulatory systems, the respiratory system, and the digestive system
  • Organic chemistry II
    Oxygen-containing compounds; amines; biological molecules
  • Organic chemistry laboratory
    The basic experimental techniques and procedures used in organic chemistry: crystallization, distillation, extraction, chromatography; and fundamental organic reactions, including oxidations, catalytic reductions, esterifications, hydrolysis, Diels-Alder reaction, and rearrangements
  • Physics II
    Electrostatics and electromagnetism; electronic circuit elements; light and geometric optics; atomic and nuclear structure
  • Physics II Laboratory
    Laboratory accompaniment to the Physics II class.
  • General Chemistry II
    Transition element chemistry, including synthesis, structure, bonding, optical, vibrational, and magnetic properties and reaction mechanisms; molecular structure, electronic structure, reactivity; catalysis, organometallics, spectroscopy, and bio-inorganic processes
  • MCAT preparation course
    The Stanley Kaplan Advantage — Anywhere MCAT preparation course, continued
  • Medical school interview coaching (elective)
    Practicum in how to interview well, with emphasis on techniques for medical school interviews

Additional Electives (not described above)

  • Guided tours (all fees included) of the nature, history, and culture of Israel
  • Jewish learning at the Bar-Ilan University Kollel or Midrasha
Bar-Ilan students preparing for medical school
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