In addition to the nationally administered standardized Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), we evaluate your academic readiness based on your academic history and performance through your college-level courses.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Applicants must have taken the MCAT exam within three years of intended matriculation into medical school. To be considered for admission into the entering PSP cohort of 2025, applicants must have taken the MCAT after January 1, 2021, and before September 14, 2024. The Pathway Scholars Program has a minimum composite score of a 495 for the MCAT (The College of Medicine – Phoenix requires a score of 500).

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in either their undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate studies. Calculation of the Admission GPA is based on the following:

  • Cumulative GPA from highest degree or 12 or more graded units obtained as a graduate student.
  • Cumulative GPA from undergraduate degree.
  • Calculated GPA from last 60 units or 2 years, full time equivalent.

Pathway Scholars Program applicants are held to the Graduate College GPA requirements.

Undergraduate Studies

A 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. A bachelor's degree must be conferred no later than June 15, 2025.

Required Courses:

Subject Quantity and Discipline

1 – Biochemistry

1 – Additional (e.g. general chemistry)


1 – Human or Mammalian Physiology

2 – Additional (e.g.  molecular biology)

Behavioral Sciences

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


2 – Writing-intensive courses (e.g.  creative writing)


1 – Course more advanced than college algebra (e.g.  statistics)


1 – Course from any of the following: art, music, theater, speech and communication, philosophy, religion, gender studies, ethics, literature, etc.

Coursework Explained:

  • At least one course from the Chemistry or Biology courses must be upper division as defined by your institution. Labs are not required.
  • A course is satisfied when completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better, regardless of the credit hours.
  • Coursework must be completed no later than the Spring Semester/Quarter prior to matriculation.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will be accepted if they appear on an official college transcript.