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School of Medicine Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

M.D. Program

Prerequisites

The MCAT is required as part of the application. It is necessary that the test be taken before September 30th of the year of application. Students applying for the entering Class of 2014 are expected to have taken the MCAT in 2011, 2012 or 2013 between January 2011 and September 2013. This test is produced by the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 and is administered in colleges and universities throughout the country. Information about the MCAT is available through premedical advisors or directly from American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Applicants may be admitted on the basis of 90 semester hours of outstanding achievement; however, the majority of students admitted are completing their baccalaureate programs. Students are encouraged to select their college major in accordance with the individual student’s aptitude and interest. The prerequisites for the School of Medicine have been reduced to a minimum in order to permit the widest possible latitude in preparation for medical education. Prerequisites for admission include a minimum of 90 semester hours (or the equivalent) in a U.S. college or university accredited by the regional accrediting agency. This program of study must include a minimum of:

  1. English or writing intensive courses : two semesters. One semester to include grammar and composition. Both courses must include intensive writing requirements. Other courses may be substituted upon request, please contact the admissions office.
  2. College mathematics: two semesters. Statistics courses are considered as mathematics.
  3. Biological science: eight semester hours, including laboratory. This may be satisfied by general biology, general zoology, or botany. No more than half may be botany.
  4. General or introductory chemistry: eight semester hours, including laboratory. A portion of this requirement may be met by courses in analytical chemistry or physical chemistry.
  5. Organic chemistry: eight semester hours, including laboratory. Biochemistry may be subsituted for half of the organic chemistry semester hours requirement. The courses should be equivalent to and acceptable for continued studies in a chemistry major.
  6. General or introductory physics: eight semester hours, including laboratory experience.

The MCAT will change beginning in 2015
The changes include an added emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences, scientific inquiry, statistics and reasoning skills, and introductory biochemistry.
To learn more about the new exam, go to https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/273712/120216.html

The 2015 MCAT changes will result in the addition of biochemistry, sociology, psychology, and statistics (one semester of each) course prerequisites to the required program of study listed above that must be completed prior to admission. These changes will affect applicants applying for the 2016 entering class.

Students are encouraged to pursue their own intellectual interests in college in order to obtain a broad education consistent with their major program. Courses in medically related science areas will not relieve the student of his/her responsibility for these subjects in the medical curriculum. Science GPA is highly regarded by the Admissions Committee.