MCAT and Premedical Coursework Requirements
All candidates are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For the 2015-16 application-cycle, we will accept scores from the old or new MCAT. To be eligible for consideration, however, you must have taken the MCAT between January 2013 and September 2015. MCAT test scores prior to January 2013 will not be accepted. Occasionally, an applicant will inquire if an exception to these test deadlines can be considered. In fairness to all applicants, we are unable to make any exceptions to these posted test completion date requirements.
Premedical Course Requirements
It is strongly recommended applicants successfully complete undergraduate college work leading to a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college of arts and sciences in the United States or Canada. However, all courses offered in satisfaction of the premedical course requirements for admission must have been taken or be in progress at, or accepted as transfer credits by, an accredited college in the United States or Canada, and must be acceptable to that institution toward a baccalaureate degree in arts or sciences. This includes advanced placement courses taken in high school.
The admissions committee has no preference for a major field of undergraduate study, but any college work submitted must include the following specified courses in English, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. (Although not required, some upper level science courses with laboratory work are strongly recommended.)
- English 2 semesters (or equivalent or successful completion of the English requirement(s) at your undergraduate institution)
- General Biology with lab, 2 semesters (or equivalent)
- Physics 2 semesters with lab (or equivalent)
- General Chemistry with lab, 2 semesters (or equivalent)
- Organic Chemistry with lab, 1 semester only (or equivalent)
- Biochemistry 1 semester with or without lab (or equivalent)
Important note about the Biochemistry requirement
- If you are still an undergraduate and have not yet taken Biochemistry, we will still review your application if Biochemistry is listed as a course you anticipate taking prior to graduation. If you are accepted to the School of Medicine, we will verify your successful completion of this course on your final transcript.
- If you are still an undergraduate and are unable to fit Biochemistry into your schedule prior to graduation, we will still review your application if you have already taken Organic II. However confirmation of successful completion of a biochemistry course prior to matriculation will be required. (On-line coursework accepted for this specific situation only.
- If you have already graduated and did not take Biochemistry, we will still review your application if you have taken Organic II. However confirmation of successful completion of a biochemistry course prior to matriculation will be required. (On-line coursework accepted for this specific situation only.)
Any applicant who has had scholastic difficulty in any medical school or has previously withdrawn or been dismissed from any medical school is ineligible to apply.
Updated: May 28, 2015