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)

There are on-going changes to the College’s MCAT requirements due to the transition from the previous to new formatted exam. Information for 2016-2017 applicants is subject to change.

For 2016-2017 Applicants:

Applicants must have taken the new MCAT exam. Until further notice, the College has not established a minimum composite score for the newest format. MCAT scores from April 2015 or later are accepted, although the September 10, 2016, administration is the last exam in 2016 that will be accepted.     

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.

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 (i.e., 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.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits will be considered if they appear on a college transcript.


Subject Quantity and Discipline

1 – Biochemistry course

1 – Course from one of the following disciplines: general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, analytical chemistry


1 – Physiology course (human or mammalian)

2 – Courses from the following disciplines: general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, histology, virology

Behavioral Sciences

2 – Courses from the following disciplines: cultural anthropology, economics, health care administration, psychology, sociology, public policy, family studies, history, political science, social work, behavioral health


2 – Courses from the following disciplines: English composition, creative writing, technical writing, or other writing-intensive course


1 - Course above college algebra (i.e. statistics, calculus)


1 – Course from one of the following disciplines: art, music, theater, speech and communication, philosophy, religion, gender studies, ethics, literature, English

*At least one course from five science courses (Chemistry and Biology) must be upper division - as defined by your institution.