MD and MD via Pathway Scholars Program

Academic readiness is one of three equal segments in the holistic review of an applicant. We evaluate your readiness based on your academic history and performance through your college-level courses, in addition to the nationally administered standardized Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

MD applicants must have a composite score of at least a 22 and Pathway Scholars Program applicants must have a composite score of at least an 18; if the aforementioned minimums are not met, you may retake the exam up through the September 12, 2015. We will consider MCAT scores for the past three years (2013, 2014 and/or 2015).

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in either their undergraduate studies or any completed graduate program or a combination of the last 60 units of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

Undergraduate Studies

The bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree is required for matriculation.  All course work must be completed in an educational institution located in the U.S. or Canada, and approved by a regional accrediting body. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. or Canada are required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in an educational institution located in the U.S. or Canada, including the required courses for admission. Bachelor's degree must be conferred no later than June 20, 2016 for the Pathway Scholars Program applicants and June 20, 2016 for the MD applicants.

Required Courses

Our college puts emphasis on a broad-based education in humanities, social and behavioral sciences, science, and math. Please take note of the following:

  • Coursework is not specific to semester, credit hours, or quarter hours (e.g., 1 course fulfills each requirement).
  • All required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better.
  • Labs are not required.
  • Coursework must be completed no later than the Spring Semester or Spring Quarter. Additionally, MD applicants must complete required courses by June 15, 2016.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits will be considered if they appear on a college transcript.


FIVE (5) SCIENCE COURSES (one must be upper-division, as defined by your institution)
  • 1 general chemistry course
  • 1 biochemistry course
  • 1 physiology course (human or animal)
  • 2 additional biology courses (examples: cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, general biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, histology, or virology)
  • 2 courses from the following: cultural anthropology, economics, healthcare administration, psychology, public policy, sociology, family studies, political science, history, or behavioral health.
  • 2 courses from the following: English composition I, II, creative writing, technical writing or writing intensive courses.
  • 1 course from the following: statistics, probability, research methods, data analysis, biostatistics, or statistical methods. Any course higher than college algebra will be considered.
  • 1 course from the following: art, music, theater, philosophy, religion, literature, ethics, speech and communication, or gender studies.