Course work in these areas must be completed within the last six years and CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy these requirements. All required courses must be evaluated by traditional grading and not by a pass/fail system. 

Prerequisite courses must be taken at accredited colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who have graduated from foreign colleges must have completed a minimum of one full year of study in an American or Canadian college/university, prior to submitting their application. 


One year general biology or zoology course, with a laboratory component is required. Students wishing to pursue additional course work in the biological sciences should consider genetics, embryology, cell biology, or comparative anatomy. 


One year of inorganic and one year of organic chemistry each with a lab are required. Students interested in advanced courses are advised to consider biochemistry or physical chemistry. 


One year course in general physics with a lab is required. 


At least one year of college level English literature or composition is required. For a number of reasons, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the three domains of the English language which include reading, writing, and oral communications skills. The rapid expansion of the volume of medical literature and published research requires the ability to read rapidly with sound comprehension. Reading aptitude is therefore essential for learning as a student as well as for ongoing lifelong learning as a medical professional. Future physicians must also be able to write clearly, accurately, and succinctly. Furthermore, the fundamental relationship between doctor and patient requires an ability to communicate verbally with empathy, clarity and respect. Finally, in professional relationships, the physician must communicate orally with other members of the health care team in a clear, concise, accurate and effective manner. 

Additional Recommended Courses:



As the role of mathematics in the medical sciences continues to expand, a one year, introductory-level course in calculus is strongly advised. 


Applicants will find that the study of sociology and psychology provides important perspectives on human behavior, the interface between medicine and society, and an understanding of individuals as part of communities and populations. Furthermore, as our nation's population is becoming increasingly diverse, the cultural, demographic, linguistic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of patients are also changing. Courses that develop social awareness and an ability to address constructively societal variables will promote the attitudes and skills required to deliver culturally sensitive care to an increasingly diverse community of patients. 


There has been a rapid growth in clinical and epidemiological research fueled by the need to identify and promote cost-effective, evidenced-based medical care. Students will find an understanding of statistical methods and terminology essential in critically analyzing these studies and constructively applying the findings to the study and practice of medicine. 

Computer Literacy 

As electronic technology expands, medical information will be universally transmitted and managed using computerized systems. In order to use optimally and learn from the technological advances in medical documentation and information systems, applicants must have a working knowledge of desk top systems, common software packages (word processing, spreadsheets and data bases), and educational informatics. 

Prospective applicants are advised to consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements which can be purchased through the Association of American Medical Colleges. This publication provides general recommendations concerning preparation for the study of medicine as well as the specific information about each accredited American and Canadian.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences recognizes the power of a diverse student body and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

The University provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants and students. The University adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

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