Medical school admission requirements vary from school to school. In general, before applying to medical school, students should complete the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), and demonstrate that they can handle rigorous coursework. Some schools require applicants to complete a certain list of premedical course requirements while others have moved to a competency-based admissions. At a minimum, students will likely complete the following types of courses:
- One year of biology
- One year of physics
- One year of English
- Two years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
To find school-specific requirements for each U.S. and Canadian medical school, see the Medical School Admission Requirement website.
In addition to challenging coursework, applicants should look for opportunities to demonstrate a range of competencies. To gain experience, applicants should consider volunteering at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical experience in the health professions. A well-rounded sampling of extra-curricular activities or work experiences, both related and unrelated to medicine, will help broaden an applicant's knowledge and development.Chapter 7 of the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions, “The Admissions Decision,” describes the evaluation process in to further detail.
Students interested in medicine are encouraged to research the wide variety of careers available in the health professions, to discuss the nature and demands of medicine with a pre-medical advisor or health professional, and to ask a lot of questions before embarking on the application process.
Each school's specific prerequisites are detailed in the Medical School Admission Requirements website. A one-year subscription be purchased from AAMC Publications.