Pre-Medical School Requirements

Competency Based Requirements for Medical School Admission

Entering Class of 2013 on forward

(Note: different schools are phasing in slightly different requirements, check with each school for exact requirements)

It will be easiest to meet competencies by being successful in an academic class. Competencies will be tested for on MCAT. Take most of these courses prior to taking the MCAT.

Biology: Cells, genetics, and human biology (at least 1 year, 2 semesters of lab)

  • Biology (BIOL 197 & 198) & Lab (BIOL 199 or BIOL 299)
  • Genetics (BIOL 250)
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 340)
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 258)

Chemistry: General, organic, and biochemistry (at least 2 years with labs)

(Note: CHEM103/104, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry is not designed to give students the competencies they will need for medical school admissions)

  • Gen. Chemistry I & Lab (CHEM 113/114)
  • Gen. Chemistry II & Lab (CHEM 123/124)
  • Organic Chemistry I & Lab (CHEM 242/243)
  • Organic Chemistry II & Lab (CHEM 247/248)
  • Biochemistry ( BCHM 261 or BCHM 361/365 sequence)

Physics: mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics, the properties of matter (quantum theory) and wave theory, electricity and magnetism, and optics

  • Physics I & Lab (PHYS 113/114 or PHYS 211/205)
  • Physics II & Lab (PHYS 118/119 or PHYS 212/206)


  • Math through trigonometry (MATH 111)
  • More selective schools require 1 or 2 semesters of calculus
  • Some schools also require statistics (Biostats is preferred)

Analytical and writing skills

  • WRIT 101, 102

Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Humanities

  • This will vary with each school. Students need to research specific programs as to the exact competencies or requirements.
  • Recommended: Psychology, Medical Sociology, Anthropology
  • Suggestions: Childhood & Adolescence, Abnormal, Aging, Death & Dying, Biomedical ethics, Medical Humanities
  • Other elective suggestions: Nutrition, Medical Terminology

Other Practical Information for Advising Pre-Med Students


  • Computer based competency testing.
  • Testing cycle is January to September, take it early enough for admissions cycle.
  • Testing is suggested for spring or summer junior year.
  • Students should BE PREPARED when they take the test.
  • Students should plan to take this test only once.
  • Most medical schools average ALL MCAT test scores, so do not take this test to see how you do.

Health Science Recommendations Committee

More information, forms and resources are availiable on the HSRC webpages >>

  • Meets Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Committee interview process open to all pre-professional students, regardless of major.
  • Provides interviewing experience for students.
  • Students who evade committee are often asked why they did not go through it when interviewing at professional schools.
  • Plan to go through committee junior year unless taking a year off.
  • Contact Dr. M Tischler in Biological Sciences if there are questions.

Medical School Admissions is Rolling

  • The early bird gets the worm
  • Apply to medical school between June 1 and August 15

There are two different types of physicians and applications

  • AMCAS = MD - allopathic
  • AACOMAS = DO - osteopathic

Experience is important

  • Qualifying students can apply to take the Medical Practicum
  • CPR certification
  • Training and experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - OR - Training and experience as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B)
  • Shadowing and/or volunteer work
  • Contact Ms. A Sima if there are questions

Knowing about medicine and medical care is important

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Medical Sociology
  • Nutrition
  • Other courses

Involvement and engagement is important

  • Pre-med AMSA
  • Volunteer experiences

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