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Medical School Requirements


Each medical school requires all applicants to complete a four-year degree from an accredited institution. However, each medical school may determine a list of required or recommended course work.    


Future applicants are encouraged to select a degree in a major that suits their ability to excel and aligns with their interest. Though the applicant must note that they should meet with their academic advisor to ensure they complete required pre-medical courses. It is recommended that future applicants take:  

  • One year of Biology 
  • One year of General Chemistry 
  • One year of Organic Chemistry  
  • One year of Physics  
  • One year of Calculus  

These courses provide a foundation for pre-medical course work and preparation for the Medical School Entrance exam otherwise known as the MCAT. To further explore the requirements for each school, visit the Medical School Admission Requirement (MSAR) section of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. This site lists the requirements for medical schools in the U.S. and Canada. Users are required to purchase a one-year subscription, however this can be accessed for free by those who qualify for the fee assistance program.

For more information on course requirements visit the UC Merced Pre-Health Advising page.   


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an examination that is composed of four major sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. This is a standardized, multiple-choice examination that assesses your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles.

Visit the AAMC website to see “What’s on the MCAT Exam”.

The exam is offered multiple times from January through September across the United States, Canada and around the world. You are required to register through AAMC to schedule your exam date.