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Academic Pre-Requisites

Academic Pre-Requisites

University Program & CCLCM Program Pre-Requisite Requirements

Our Admissions Committee makes its decisions based on a variety of different components of the application, one of which is the depth and breadth of study in the sciences and in liberal arts, both of which are vital to success in the practice of medicine. Although we list our required and recommended coursework, it is in your best interest, both as an applicant to medical school and as an aspiring physician, to present a broad and meaningful record of study.

The average GPA and MCAT for the entering class of 2016 was:

3.74 Cumulative GPA with a range of 2.77-4.00

3.71 Science GPA with a range of 2.77-4.00

96th percentile MCAT, with a range of 61st percentile to 100th percentile.

Science credit hours typically seen with our successful applications at the time of application are:

  • Non-science majors: at least 40 credit hours
  • Science majors: at least 55 credit hours
  • Post-bacc students: at least 32 credit hours

Note that these are simply guidelines to help you as you structure your course of study and that exceptions are always seen.

REQUIRED COURSEWORK: These are the minimum number of courses we expect you to have completed at the time of matriculation, not necessarily at the time of application. That said, it is to your advantage to have as many of the required courses as possible completed in preparation for the MCAT and to strengthen your application to medical school. Community college credits in these courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • General/Inorganic chemistry: 2 semesters/3quarters with 2 semesters of lab. AP/IB credit accepted.
  • Organic chemistry: 1 semester with 1 semester of lab. AP/IB not accepted.
  • Biochemistry (must include metabolism): 1 semester course, lab not required. One quarter of biochemistry is acceptable to meet the biochemistry requirement, however, a second quarter is recommended in preparation for the MCAT and to have a solid foundation for our curriculum.
  • Writing/college English: 1 semester. This can also be fulfilled with other expository writing courses in the humanities. Science courses with extensive writing components can also fulfill this requirement. AP/IB credit not accepted.

RECOMMENDED COURSEWORK: These are courses or areas of study that we strongly encourage you to consider in preparation for the MCAT and more importantly, in preparation for medical school. While formal coursework in these areas is the most frequent method of learning the content material, it may also be accomplished in other ways, with the most common being through research experiences.

  • Cellular Biology
  • Physics
  • Genetics
  • Biostatistics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.)
  • Research Experience: 
    University Program (4 yr. MD): Research experience is not required.  However, a successful applicant must be able to demonstrate an interest in participating in a future research project as a medical student.
    CCLCM Program (5 yr. MD): More than one summer of hypothesis-driven research experience in a medical or non-medical field is a requirement for the CCLCM Program since the CCLCM curriculum program is designed to train physician investigators.

Medical Scientist Training Program Pre-Requisite Requirements

REQUIRED COURSEWORKThese are the minimum amount of courses we expect you to have completed at the time of matriculation, not necessarily at the time of application. That said, it is to your advantage to have as many of the required courses completed in preparation for the MCAT and to strengthen your application to medical school. Community college credits in these courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • General/Inorganic chemistry: 2 semesters/3 quarters with 2 semesters of lab. AP/IB credit accepted.
  • Organic chemistry: 1 semester with 1 semester of lab. AP/IB not accepted.
  • Biochemistry (must include metabolism): 1 semester course, lab not required.
  • Physics: 2 semesters/3 quarters with 2 semesters of laboratory. AP/IB credit accepted.
  • Advanced Biology or Biology Subfield: 1 semester, lab not required. AP/IB credit not accepted.
  • Calculus or Statistics: 2 semesters/3 quarters. AP/IB credit accepted.
  • Writing/College English: 1 semester. This can also be fulfilled with other expository writing courses in the humanities. Science courses with extensive writing components can also fulfill this requirement. AP/IB credit not accepted.
  • Research Experience: Substantive research experience during the summers and during the school year as an undergraduate, or during post-baccalaureate research time is required. Applicants must also seriously consider and explain why they want to pursue both the MD and the PhD degrees.

RECOMMENDED COURSEWORK: These are courses or areas of study that we strongly encourage you to consider in preparation for the MCAT and, more importantly, in preparation for medical school. While formal coursework in these areas is the most frequent method of learning the content material, it may also be accomplished in other ways, with the most common being through research experiences.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.)

PRE-REQUISITE FAQs:

1. Can I substitute 2 semesters of organic chemistry for 1 semester of biochemistry?

    a. No

2. If I took my science coursework several years ago, is there an “expiration date” for these courses?

    a. Not necessarily but our Admissions Committee would prefer to see some more recent coursework in the sciences.  

 

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