Preparing for Medical School

Bachelor's Degree

You must have a bachelor's degree to enter the University of Utah School of Medicine. Applicants must complete their schooling from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation to medical school. Accepted students will be required to provide transcripts for each college attended. The degree must be posted prior to matriculation.

Undergraduate Majors

The University of Utah School of Medicine does not recommend or require any specific undergraduate academic major. We recommend that students choose a major field for which they have enthusiasm and interest.

Academic Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are important factors in determining academic readiness for medical school.

All grades received for college credit are included in the AMCAS GPA calculation we use.  If a course is repeated, both grades received for that course are calculated into the GPA. Applicants should strive to have a science, non-science and overall GPA above 3.00.

To determine average criteria, the applicant’s GPA is compared to the average GPA of students who have gone on to attend medical school from the applicant’s undergraduate institution.

All applicants are required to take the MCAT within three years of their application. Only the most recent MCAT score is considered. Applicants should strive to have an MCAT score at or above 492 with a score of at least 123 in each section of the MCAT.

For the January 2015 MCAT the minimum acceptable score for each section (physical science, biological science, and verbal reasoning) is 7.

Required Premedical Coursework

Premedical courses must be taken for a passing grade from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation to medical school.

Courses in mathematics, statistics, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, human behavior, research methods and computer literacy are recommended, but are not required.

Applicants should seek out courses that will help develop skills in independent thinking and decision-making. Physicians need to be able to read and understand scientific literature. They must also communicate effectively and possess skills to express their thoughts and ideas. Computer literacy has become an essential skill. Courses that demand active involvement and activities such as research and independent study projects will foster these attributes. It is important to develop and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

Applicants should contact the premedical advisor at their institution for assistance in planning the specific course work that meets our requirements, expectations, and criteria.

Chemistry
Two years that should include both a general chemistry series including all applicable laboratories (incorporating both quantitative and qualitative analysis) and an organic chemistry series that includes all applicable laboratories. Advanced Placement credit earned with a score of four or five satisfies one semester of this requirement. Applicants must complete the applicable laboratories.

Physics
One year with all applicable laboratories

Writing/Speech
One year of courses that emphasize written and/or verbal communication

Biology
Two courses - one course must be in cellular biology or biochemistry

Social Science
One course (history, economics, anthropology, psychology, etc.)

Humanities
One course (art, music, drama, literature, etc.)

Note: One course may not be used to fulfill two course requirements.

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