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Welcome to VCU School of Medicine

M.D. Program

Welcome to M.D. Program


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will introduce a new version of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) called the MCAT2015 in the spring of 2015. AAMC is calling it “a better test for tomorrow’s doctors.”  The MCAT2015 is designed “to prepare future physicians for an evolving and transforming health care system.” What’s on the MCAT2015? The changes included an added emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences, scientific inquiry, statistics and reasoning skills, and introductory biochemistry.

To learn more about MCAT2015, go to www.aamc.org/mcat2015exam

It is necessary that the test be taken before September 30th of the year of application. Students applying for the entering Class of 2016 are expected to have taken the MCAT between January 2013 and September 2015. Tests taken after September will not be considered for the current application year. 

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 : six credits of writing intensive courses. Other courses may be substituted upon request, please contact the admissions office.
  2. College mathematics: six credits of college level math/statistics
  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 substituted 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.
  7. Upper level science course: three credit hours. Examples: Biochemistry, Anatomy and Genetics

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.