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School of Medicine

Required Courses

Our curriculum and hands-on clinical experiences are rigorous. We hold our applicants to certain minimum requirements to ensure they'll be able to be successful in our program. 

These requirements have been designed to provide flexibility for the Admissions Committee in evaluating the varied backgrounds of qualified applicants. If you have specialized training, you can apply to exempt some of the required courses. In that case, we may ask you to take an exam to help us measure your proficiency. These exemptions have to happen no later than one academic week after you matriculate to the school. 


Bachelor's Degree

We give preference to applicants who will, upon enrollment, hold a bachelor's degree. However, we occasionally admit students on the basis of 90 semester hours of outstanding undergraduate achievement.

For most applicants, a strong preparation in the natural sciences is the best basis for the study and understanding of the medical sciences. We recommend that you complete more than the minimum requirements in the area of natural science.


Required Undergraduate Courses

  • English composition and literature – two semesters or three quarters
  • Biology with laboratory – Work in general biology, general zoology, or botany is acceptable. No more than four semester hours may be botany. Two semesters or three quarters
  • General inorganic chemistry* with laboratory – Work in qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, or physical chemistry is acceptable. Two semesters or three quarters
  • General organic chemistry* with laboratory – This course work should include studies of aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Two semesters or three quarters
  • Strongly Preferred – Clinical experience is strongly recommended as well as courses in physics, histology and biochemistry.

 *All science course work must be acceptable for continued study by department majors.

This coursework should be from an accredited institution. College Level Examination Placement (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable, provided that such credits have been accepted by an undergraduate school toward a degree, are clearly indicated on the official transcript and do not represent more than 25 percent of all undergraduate credit awarded. Applicants with CLEP or AP credit in basic premedical courses are advised to take a full year of course work in the same area at the more advanced level.

We do accept prerequisites completed at two-year colleges.


U.S. Citizenship

As a matter of policy, the School of Medicine can accept applications only from those individuals who are currently citizens of the United States or who are permitted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reside permanently in the United States.

The School of Medicine can accept applications only from those individuals who have completed their undergraduate premedical educations at a college or university in the United States or Canada.