Admission Requirements for Medical School
The common path to practicing as a physician requires 8 years of education beyond high school and 3 to 8 additional years of internship and residency. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories require licensing.
From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete universal application to apply to these professional schools. Medical schools will review your application holistically, and you can work with your advisors to provide a competitive application.College Major
You are not required to select a particular major in order to be eligible for admission to a medical school. In selecting a college major, consider how you will satisfactorily complete the rerequisite courses for your designated medical school in addition to the college/university's degree and major requirements. Work with your academic or pre-medical advisor to plan your course schedule.
You have the option to choose from a wide variety of undergraduate majors to prepare you for a medical school. Suggested undergraduate majors include. Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Neuroscience.Experience in Medicine
It is expected by most Medical schools that candidates will exhibit a confirmed interest and motivation in a medical career by participating in career-related activities such as job shadowing, community service and other volunteer opportunities. Having strong career experiences and life accomplishments will allow you to validate your professionalism and maturity, which are strongly considered in the application process.Other qualifications
. Physicians must have a desire to serve patients, be self-motivated and be able to survive the pressures and long hours of medical education and practice. You must be willing to study throughout your career to keep up with medical advances.GPA
Keep in mind these numbers are averages and various schools can have their own averages that are higher or lower. Also, these averages are climbing higher each year and admission to a medical school is more competitive than ever. Be sure you take your studies seriously and put in the proper time for reading, studying, and review for each course.
- Allopathic Medical Schools
- Overall: 3.7+
- BCMP (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics GPA): 3.6+
- Osteopathic Medical Schools
- Naturopathic Medical Schools