AP Credit and Course Choices

AP credit in Biology, Math, Chemistry, English, Physics, Statistics and Psychology will usually satisfy prehealth requirements and will be accepted by most health professions schools. If you have AP credit, we recommend you bypass courses you have credit for and go on to more advanced courses, following placement guidelines by departments. However, if you think that your AP course was not recent and that you have forgotten much and need a review, you could choose to begin at a lower level. 

There are a few medical schools that state on their website that they will not accept AP credit or will accept AP credit only if advanced coursework is taken instead. Below is a list of those schools and requirements (P = Physics, C = Chemistry, M = Math, S = Statistics) that could be problematic for Duke students, as of August 2017.  Note that requirements may change at any time.  

  • California: California Northstate (PCMS), U California Riverside (PC), U California Davis (PC), and Loma Linda (PC)
  • Connecticut: U Connecticut (PC)
  • Georgia:  Mercer (P), and Medical College of Georgia (C)
  • Kentucky: University of Kentucky (P)
  • Louisiana:  LSU New Orleans (S) and LSU Shreveport (C)
  • Massachusetts:  Harvard (S)
  • Missouri:  St. Louis (PC)
  • Mississippi:  U Mississippi (PC)
  • Nebraska:  Creighton (S)
  • Nevada:  U Nevada Reno (PC)
  • New York:  Mt. Sinai (CS) 
  • Oklahoma:  U Oklahoma (PC)
  • Tennessee:  Meharry (PC) and U Tennessee (P)
  • Utah:  U Utah (PC; AP credit can count as 1 semester of Chemistry)

If any of these schools is of particular interest to you, check their website occasionally and note their policies and requirements in coming years. A easy way to find their website is to do an internet search, e.g. search for "yale med school adm req".  However, before radically changing your schedule to conform to requirements of one of these schools, consider the following:

  • Your application is several years away
  • You might change your mind and not go to medical school
  • You might decide not to apply to this school
  • The medical school might change their requirements or accept AP credits later
  • You may be accepted and go elsewhere (since Duke students, on average, apply to 22 medical schools)
  • You can add any missing course(s) during your junior or senior year, in the summer after graduation, or during a gap year.  

If you have AP credit in Physics and need to take more courses, enroll in Physics 141L and/or 142L; enrolling in advanced Physics courses is not feasible for most students.  If you have AP credit in Chemistry and need more Chemistry courses, you can add Chem 210DL or Biochem 302.  For Math, you can enroll in Math 111L or 112L as a repeat or go on to Multivariable.  For Statistics, just enroll in a Statistics course at Duke.

We have a printable guide for AP credit which has a little more information: AP Credit Information, 2017.pdf