The medical school considers for admission only applicants who:
- Are citizens or documented permanent residents of the US.
- Have completed at least a four-year high school education or equivalent.
- Have completed at least 90 hours of college course work, including courses meeting the subject requirements taken at an institution accredited by a regional institutional accreditor in the US. Although the degree may not be completed at the time of application, the student must provide official transcripts prior to matriculation to medical school that document graduation with an undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a regional institutional accreditor in the US.
- Have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
- Are proficient in keyboarding, and in written and spoken English.
Applicants must have a strong academic record as evidenced by the overall grade point average (GPA), the GPA in the prerequisite courses, and the GPA in the most recent 60 semester hours. A minimum overall GPA of 3.25 is generally required. For applicants with an overall GPA between 3.0 and 3.25, the GPA of the most recent 60 hours of credit and/or the rigor of the academic institution are considered.
A minimum MCAT score of 24 is required. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review information on the MCAT website for recommended undergraduate coursework to best prepare for the MCAT examination.
The medical school admits applicants who have had a broad-based and quality undergraduate experience that includes courses in the natural and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities. The course of study should include significant experience in upper-level undergraduate courses. Majoring in the sciences is not required. However, applicants with an undergraduate major outside the sciences are encouraged to include additional courses in the sciences beyond the required subjects.
Applicants should have completed, or expect to complete before matriculation, all of the coursework in the subject requirements. The coursework must be completed at an institution accredited by a regional institutional accreditor in the US, and should be completed by December 31st of the year prior to matriculation. The medical school accepts Advanced Placement (AP) credit as meeting the subject requirements for admission, though additional college coursework in the specific discipline beyond AP credit is recommended.
- English (2 semesters), including content in technical writing skills; one semester may be a discipline-specific expository writing course.
- Biology (2 semesters), including content in molecular and cellular biology, fundamentals of genetics, and a laboratory experience.
- Inorganic chemistry (two semesters), including a laboratory experience.
- Organic Chemistry (two semesters), including a laboratory experience or
Organic Chemistry (one semester), including a laboratory experience, plus Biochemistry (one semester).
- Physics (two semesters), including a laboratory experience.
Two semesters typically is a minimum of six semester hours or nine quarter hours of credit.
For students applying for the class entering in 2014, undergraduate-level coursework is strongly recommended in psychology/behavioral science (1 semester), social science (1 semester), genetics (1 semester) and biochemistry (1 semester).
Beginning with the class entering in 2015, undergraduate-level coursework is required in psychology/behavioral science (1 semester) and social science (1 semester), and strongly recommended in genetics (1 semester) and biochemistry (1 semester).
Applicants are encouraged to gain a strong foundation that will benefit them during medical school and throughout their careers in providing care for patients. Additional undergraduate-level coursework is recommended that prepares the applicant with breadth and depth of knowledge and skills. This may include a combination of some of the following: critical thinking and logic; ethical theory and ethical values; communication skills; anatomy; genetics; biochemistry; physiology; microbiology; research design, research methodology, and data analysis; and basic statistics or biostatistics.
The Group on Student Affairs of the AAMC has articulated 15 core competencies for entering medical students including service orientation, teamwork, reliability, resilience, and critical thinking. Society expects its physicians to aim toward the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, in the generation and dissemination of knowledge, in sustaining the interests and welfare of patients, and in responding to the healthcare needs of society.
Offers of admission are conditional upon satisfactory review of the following prior to matriculation:
- Criminal background check. Criminal background checks are conducted on all students conditionally accepted for admission.
- Evidence of health insurance. Health insurance that provides coverage for preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic health services is required of all students throughout medical school. If a student has no medical coverage, health insurance may be purchased through the medical school at a cost of approximately $2,700 annually. Additional premiums apply for additional family members. The student is responsible for the costs of this policy.
- Completed health forms and required immunizations.
- Alcohol/illicit drug/tobacco drug testing. All applicants are required to undergo testing during orientation for alcohol, tobacco (which screens for cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches and nicotine gum) and controlled substances. Applicants who test positive on the initial test are required to undergo additional testing. Applicants in violation of this policy who do not comply with required monitoring will have their conditional admission rescinded and will not be permitted to re-apply for admission for one class year. Students are not permitted to use tobacco and nicotine products, controlled substances without a prescription, or abuse alcohol.
Students must be able to meet the Essential Abilities for Completion of the Medical Curriculum.
Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org