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Admissions Criteria

The following are the admission requirements that should be reviewed by each student applying to the School of Medicine (SOM).

Medical school admissions requirements nationwide have remained unchanged for decades. While students who have achieved them performed well in medical school, these requirements have often burdened and even discouraged non-science majors from applying to medical school. Furthermore, they failed to convey the need to cover modern topics and impeded creativity in premedical education.

After considering the ongoing transformation in medical school admissions, admissions requirements used by medical schools nationwide, and the type of applicant this medical school seeks to educate, an Admissions Task Force appointed by the vice dean of the School of Medicine concluded that: 1) it was in the best interest of this medical school to abandon the current list of prescribed courses; and 2) to afford applicants flexibility in meeting requirements for admission. Recommendations of the Admission Task Force were endorsed by the SOM Admissions Committee and approved by the Council of Deans.


MCAT scores must be within 3 years of the application, for example to apply during the summer of 2019 (for entering medical school the fall of 2020), the student must submit scores more recent than Jan. 1, 2016.

Course requirements

  • There is no time limit on the validity of a baccalaureate degree; however, the Admissions Committee has concerns when courses have been taken 10 or more years ago. If a science course is being used for any course requirement (for any method) and was taken 10 or more years ago, it must be repeated. Note: Courses taken 10 or more years ago may not be used for the End-Point course requirements.
  • Students, in consultation with a premedical adviser, should develop proficiency in a specific major area of study while in undergraduate school and acquire a background in the humanities and social sciences. Non-science majors with an interest in medicine are encouraged to apply.
  • Course credits are only acceptable from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Transcripts must show credit for at least three years of college work, totaling not fewer than 90 acceptable semester hours (excluding unacceptable courses described below). These minimum 90 hours consist of courses required for entrance to the SOM and other courses (referred to here as electives) required by an undergraduate institution for a baccalaureate degree. Online courses are not acceptable.
  • Strong preference is given to applicants who will have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree prior to entering medical school. For those applicants applying with the minimum 90 acceptable semester hours, a maximum of 65 semester hours of credit from an accredited community college may be applied toward the minimum 90 acceptable semester hours required for admission. College graduates may complete additional post-baccalaureate coursework to satisfy prerequisites at any accredited U.S. college or university, regardless of the number of community college credit hours applied toward their completed undergraduate degree.
  • All required courses must have a college grade; therefore, advanced placement credit cannot meet these requirements. If an applicant has advanced placement credit for any required course, he/she can fulfill the requirement by taking either that course for a grade or a higher-level course in the same department for a grade. The minimum 90 acceptable semester hours will be completed by other course work (such as approved electives described below).
  • When evaluating course work, the Admissions Committee focuses on courses that contribute to the biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) calculated in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application. Courses that contribute to the BCPM GPA are determined by AMCAS course classification; however, when determining whether or not a science or math course will be acceptable as a prerequisite for this medical school, Student Records and Registrar examines the course number for a relevant prefix (such as BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or MATH). Required core science, advanced science and math courses must be taken in either science or math departments; thus, courses with either a related name or BCPM course classification but with a course number that contains another prefix (including but not limited to BESS, CLS, COMP, ENGI, HEAL, MEDC, NPSC, PHARM, PHCL) are not acceptable as requirements for entrance to the SOM.
  • The applicant is encouraged to take at least 32 semester hours of BCPM course work to convince the committee that they are currently capable of sustaining the rigors of learning in a classroom environment. In the evaluation of applicants for interviews, the admissions committee initially considers only those courses that contribute to an undergraduate BCPM GPA; however, post-baccalaureate and graduate BCPM GPAs are considered later in the interview screening process.
  • Candidates are expected to have at least 35 hours of U.S.-based shadowing prior to submitting an application.

Non-traditional applicants

There is no time limit on the validity of a baccalaureate degree; however, the Admissions Committee has concerns when relevant courses have been taken 10 or more years ago. Required courses must be recently completed or current regardless of the option chosen.

End-point courses (life sciences, biochemistry or physics) or any course used to meet the course-competency map option that were completed 10 more years prior to applying are not acceptable. Applicants have the choice of either repeating 10-year-old courses or completing new coursework to satisfy the selected admissions option.

Indication of courses that fulfill admissions criteria options

Upon receipt of a verified AMCAS application, the medical school admissions office will e-mail an applicant the URL for the SOM Applicant Portal. This online tool provides access to the Secondary Application to this medical school which, among other information, will ask applicants to select the admission criteria options they wish to use to qualify for admission and courses taken or planned that fulfill that option. Options include the following.

End-point Courses

  • Applicants must list the number and name of courses taken or planned that fulfill this option
  • Applicants will be given the option to list the number and name of courses taken or planned that are recommended under this option
  • Method 1: End-Point Courses
Course-Competency Map
  • Applicants must list the number and name of courses taken and planned whose content maps to learning objectives that can provide the desired competencies. This option applies only to students at schools with course-competency maps previously approved by the SOM admissions committee.
  • Method 2: Course-Competency Maps
Novel Curricula
  • Applicants must list the number and name of courses taken or planned that comprise eligible novel curricula. This option applies only to students at schools with novel curricula previously approved by the SOM admissions committee.
  • Method 3: Novel Curricular Tracks