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Queen's University


How many credits must I complete in year 1 and 2?  If I am receiving transfer credit for IB/AP courses I took in high school can these courses be counted towards my progression requirements in QuARMS?

All students must complete courses equalling 30 units/year (equivalent of 5 full year courses) over the fall and winter terms in year 1 and in year 2 of their undegraduate Bachelor degree program.  As part of the progression for a successful integration into the School of Medicine program, it is expected that students in year one and year two of their Bachelor program must demonstrate their ability to excel academically in a full course load each year (30 units). 

Note:  Your transfer credits will be identified on your official transcript.

As a QuARMS student, what are the academic thresholds that I need to maintain in the first 2 years of my Bachelor program to successfully progress into year 1 of the School of Medicine?

You must obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 after your first two years of your Bachelor program in the Faculty of Arts and Science and be placed on the Dean's Honours list after completing Year 2.

Is there any additional academic support for QuARMS students in year 1 and 2 of their Bachelor program if I am having difficulties?

Upon admission the selected QuARMS students will be assigned a mentor team consisting of a faculty member and a first- or second-year medical student.  Additionally, the Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Health Sciences will also be meeting with you on a regular basis.  With this strong support structure in place, progression and academic related issues can be identified early before they compromise the student's performance.

If I am accepted to QuARMS, can I major in Life Sciences?

Yes, all students will be encouraged to pursue the degree plan of their choice in the Faculty of Arts and Science.  At the end of year one of your Bachelor program, students will participate in the plan selection process and choose an honours plan, for which they have the required pre-requisites.

If after year 2 of my Bachelor program, I decide I want to complete my 4 year undergraduate degree before entering medical school can I choose to do so, and then still enter directly into the School of Medicine?

Should you decide to pursue your 4 year undergraduate degree you will relinquish your position as a QuARMS student.

Will I receive credit for the mandatory seminar-based enrichment modules and the experiential learning modules in Year 1 and 2 of my Bachelor program?

The seminar-based enrichment modules and experiential learning modules cannot be used for credit towards the degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Is there an additional cost for the mandatory seminar-based enrichment modules in Year 1 and 2 of my Bachelor program?

No, there is no cost for the seminar-based enrichment modules

Is there a cost for the mandatory experiential learning modules in Year 1 and 2 of my Bachelor program?

No, there is no cost for the experiential learning modules.

Will I have to write the MCAT before I enter Medical School?

No.  The MCAT is not being utilized within the admission application process.

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