Pre-Med course in Germany: Optimal preparation for your medical studies in Germany.
The pre-medical course in Germany at the Berlin Medical Academy is specifically aimed at those who want to study at German medical schools. This pre-med course offers customized preparation for the academic requirements for a medical degree at the leading German universities. It prepares you for the mandatory entrance exam at German universities, the HAM-Nat admission test and the test for medical courses (TMS). With the Berlin Medical Academy German pre-med semester, you can pass the demanding HAM-Nat test procedures. Our students have a very high success rate and are well prepared for the first year of medical school. Take advantage of this significant head start and begin your medical career in Germany.
Preparing for the HAM-Nat Admission Test
As part of the HAM-Nat selection process, relevant knowledge in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology is required for medical studies. These subjects are the focus of our pre-med course. The course covers the materials relevant to the HAM-Nat exam. In many cases, the curriculum goes far beyond the required knowledge. Several times a week you will have the opportunity to answer questions on technical tasks. The questions are then discussed with the lecturer so that you are well prepared by the end of the course.
Through intermediate and final examinations, you will receive feedback on the state of your preparation. On request, we also carry out all examinations in German. In preparation, we recommend taking the self-test of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. The Berlin Medical Academy offers a systematic preparation in small groups with personal attention. Our more intensive HAM-Nat crash course lasts 3 weeks and is conducted 5 days a week, 5 hours a day. Our highly qualified faculty focuses intensely on the demanding preparation for the exam.
Your advantages with the Berlin Medical Academy
With our HAM-Nat preparatory course, getting started studying medicine in Germany is very easy. In addition to the preparation for the entrance examination, the Berlin Medical Academy’s German pre-med semester course includes a substantial part of the first semester at your Medical University. With our courses, which are taught in the German language, we promote language skills for non-native speakers. It is also an ideal preparation for studying in Germany. All topics of the HAM-Nat, including cognitive test parts, are completely covered. Classes are taught in small groups with individual personal attention. Our highly qualified lecturers have many years of experience. The learning contents are tailored exactly to the requirements and priorities of HAM-Nat. The focus is on the development of problem solving strategies so that you can quickly and intuitively recall information during the stressful situation of the test. All tasks of the HAM-Nat are actively practiced and discussed. Intensive test simulations help you to solidify the exam and all necessary exercise materials are free of charge.
With the German pre-med course, our goal is to fully prepare our students for the HAM-Nat entrance examination and the successful completion of medical studies in Germany.
Small classes offer personal, yet very intense, lessons. Our dedicated teachers have relevant academic degrees in their science fields and have taught at leading German universities. These include the Medical University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University.
The full length German pre-med course lasts 12 weeks and classes take place 3 – 4 days a week. Students can also opt to solidify their existing knowledge with the HAM-Nat crash course over the course of 3 weeks, with 5 hours per day on 5 days per week.
As with any university plan, self-study periods are also planned and intended to deepen the knowledge acquired during the lectures. Accordingly, over 1,000 hours of self-study, over 10,000 homework questions and over 40 simulation exercises are added to the pre-med course.
The pre-semester medicine Germany includes the following subjects:
HAM-Nat / MedAT / TMS: Complete coverage of the topics of medical tests including cognitive test parts for medical faculties in Germany. The following subjects and laboratories are covered:
- Biology – Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution.
- Chemistry – Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Introduction to Biochemistry.
- Physics – mechanics, electricity, optics, light and waves and biophysics.
- Anatomy – the human body systems.
- Mathematics – scales, percentage calculation, logarithms, geometry, concentration calculation.
- Lab Days – Chemistry and Biology.
In addition to the class and laboratory work, the student’s performance is evaluated by:
- up to 6 tests and one final examination
- over 10,000 homework questions
- 10-12 oral presentations
- over 40 simulation exercises
- Small classes, limited to 25 students each
- about 1.000 hours self-study
- over 40 simulation tests
- about 12 laboratory hours (anatomy, biology and chemistry)
- compulsory attendance in class
The final grade consists of:
- Homework and test participation in each course (makes up 30% of the grade)
- oral presentations (20% of the grade)
- oral and written final examinations in each course (accounts for 50% of the grade)
- a course is considered passed if the final result is at least 70%
- we expect a participation of at least 90%
(This is just a sample of the much more extensive syllabus)
- Structure and function of large biological molecules
The variety of polymers. Carbohydrates. Proteins. Nucleic acids. Lipids.
- Cell surface structures
Motility. Internal organization and DNA (nucleoid, plasmids). Binary cleavage and conjugation in bacteria.
- Structure and function of eukaryotic cells
Plasma membrane. Compartmentation. Cytoskeleton. Endomembrane system: endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi’s apparatus and lysosomes. The core. Ribosomes. Mitochondria.
- Cell communication
cell connections. Local and distant signalling. Chemical messenger substances. receptors. The stages of cell signalling.
- Cell cycle
Mitosis and meiosis. Cellular organization of genetic material. Phases of the cell cycle. The mitotic spindle. Cytokinesis. Cellular organization of genetic material. The stages of mitosis and meiosis. A comparison of mitosis and meiosis. Origins of genetic variation among offspring.
- Cell respiration and fermentation
Katabole lanes and production of ATP. The stages of cell respiration (glycolysis, oxidation, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation). Anaerobic breathing. Types of fermentation.
Structure of viruses. General characteristics of viral replication cycles. Viroids and prions. Viral diseases. Emerging viruses.
- Bacteria and archaea
cell surface structures. Motility. Internal organization. Reproduction and adaptation. Various nutritional and metabolic adaptations – oxygen and nitrogen metabolism, cooperation. The role in the biosphere (chemical recycling, ecological interactions). Useful and harmful effects of prokaryotes on humans.
- Protists Structural and functional diversity in protists
The role of protists in ecological communities.
Nutrition and ecology. Body structure. Sexual and asexual reproduction. Fungi as pathogens. Practical applications of mushrooms.
- Chromosomal and molecular basis of inheritance
The chromosomal basis of sex. Inheritance of X- and Y-bound genes. Change in chromosome number and structure. Human disorders due to chromosome changes. Inheritance of organelle genes. DNA as genetic material. Structural model of DNA. Chromosome structure.
- Genetic mechanisms
The flow of genetic information. Replication: Base pairing to a matrix strain, synthesis of new DNA strands. Transcription: molecular components of transcription, posttranscriptional modifications (alternation of mRNA ends, RNA splicing). Translation: molecular components of the process. Structure of polypeptide. Genetic code. type of mutations. Regulation of gene expression (promoters, transcription factors).
- Tissue and body membranes
Structure and Physiology of: Connective, muscle, epithelial and nerve tissue; serous, slimy, synovial and cutaneous membranes.
Hearing and balance. Visual perception. taste. Smell. types of sensory receptors.
- Nervous system
Organization of the nervous system. The central nervous system. The organization of the human brain. Peripheral nervous system: motor and vegetative nervous system. Glia. Blood-brain barrier. Diseases of the nervous system.
- Neurons, synapses and signalling
Neuronal structure and function. Rest and action potential. Implementation of action potentials. Postsynaptic potential. Neurotransmitter.
- Hormones and endocrine system
Intercellular communication. Endocrine tissues and organs. Chemical classes of hormones. Several effects of hormones. Simple hormonal pathways. Feedback control.
- Immune system
Congenital and adaptive immunity. Antigen. Antibodies. The humoral immune response. The cell-mediated immune response. Inflammatory reaction. Immunological memory. Allergies. Immunization (vaccination).
- Cardiovascular system
Organization of the human circulatory system. Rhythm and rhythm of the heart and the heart. Blood vessels structure and function. Blood pressure. Blood composition and function.
- Respiratory system
Organization of the human respiratory system. Vacuum Breathing. Hemoglobin.
- Digestive system and nutrition
Essential nutrients. Malnutrition. Organization of the human digestive system. Chemical digestion in the human digestive system. Dental adjustment.
- Human reproduction and development
Female and male reproductive anatomy. Hormonal control of the reproductive system. Gametogenesis. Concept. Embryonic development. Birth.
- Osmoregulation and excretion
Excertory organs. Kidney structure. Nephron organization and function. Kidney function, water balance and blood pressure.
- Atoms atomic theory
Elements and atomic number Isotopes and atomic weight
- The periodic table
The periodic table and some characteristics of different groups. Electronic structure of atoms and electron configurations Electron configurations and the periodic table. Electron point symbols.
- Ionic compounds
The octet control ions and ion bonds. Periodic properties, ionic formulas, naming of ionic compounds. Some properties of ionic compounds. H + and OH ions: Introduction to acids and bases
- Molecular compounds
Covalent bonds and the periodic table. Several covalent bonds and coordinate covalent bonds. Properties of molecular compounds. molecular formulas and Lewis structures. Polar covalent bonds and electronegativity, polar molecules Designation of binary molecular compounds. Classification and compensation of chemical reactions Classes of chemical reactions. Chemical equations and balancing chemical equations. acids, bases and neutralisation reactions Redox reactions.
- Mole and mass relations
Mole and Avogadro’s numbers. gram mole conversions.
- Reaction rates and chemical equilibria
Endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions. Factors influencing chemical reaction rates. Chemical equilibrium equilibrium constants.
- Nuclear chemistry
Radioactivity Radioactive half-life
- Physical quantities
Metric system of units. Metric units of length. Metric units of mass. Metric volume units. Significant figures.
Force, mass, Newton’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd law; Free-body diagrams; Contact forces: normal force and friction force; Linear momentum, impulse, conservation of momentum; Elastic and inelastic collisions, center of mass, translational motion
- Electric currents
Electric current; Ohm’s law, electrical resistance and resistors; Electric power; EMF and terminal voltage; Resistors in series and parallel, Kirchhoff’s rules
- Electric field
Electric charge, static electricity, induced charge, electric field, field lines, electric potential, equipotential lines, voltage; Coulomb’s law; Electric field, conductors and dielectrics, charge distribution; Capacitance, storage of electric energy, capacitors in series and in parallel.