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College of Medicine Entrance Requirements

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are required (taken within 3 years from the date of matriculation).

The MCAT should be taken no later than spring or fall of the year preceding admission. To do well on the MCAT, students are advised to take two semesters each of General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Physics, and Biochemistry. Also recommended is one semester each of: Introductory Psychology and Introductory Sociology.

At least ninety semester hours are required. Preference is given to applicants who have completed four years of college and have earned a baccalaureate degree. Only those applicants with extremely unusual circumstances are admitted after 90 semester hours.

Although no prerequisite courses are required, most successful applicants to this medical school complete two semesters of the following courses prior to matriculating: general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Other courses that have been shown to be of value are: anatomy, cell biology, embryology, genetics, and physiology.

In addition to completing the AMCAS application and the MUSC Supplemental application, at least three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted on your behalf. If your college pre-med office prepares a committee letter or packet, this will suffice to complete the LOR requirement. For a non-traditional student who has worked or has served in the military for a number of years, a different kind of letter packet may be submitted. Letters from previous supervisors may be submitted, but at least two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors are also required.