Prior to matriculation, applicants to the School of Medicine must have earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university accredited by a CHEA-approved accreditation body. While the bachelor's degree may be earned in any discipline, the applicant is expected to take coursework that demonstrates the requisite intellectual discipline and analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in medical school. Specific courses required for admission to KU School of Medicine are listed below. Courses taken to meet the biology and chemistry prerequisites must be courses required of science majors and equivalent to one academic year. Modern physics courses must be based on mathematics of at least the level of college algebra and trigonometry, and equivalent to one academic year. Science prerequisites require in-person laboratories; labs cannot be fulfilled by online courses.
Minimal course requirements include:
|Biological sciences at the level of a biology major||2|
|Inorganic (general) chemistry (with lab)||2|
|General organic chemistry (with lab) OR general organic chemistry (terminal course with lab) and general biochemistry lecture||2|
|Physics (with lab)||2|
|English composition or writing-intensive courses
(sufficient credit for liberal arts degree)
(college-level algebra or above)
Applicants are strongly encouraged to diversify their undergraduate education. While not required for admission to the School of Medicine, a number of courses and subject areas are recommended to students bound for medical school. Suggested courses and disciplines include:
Applicants also are expected to possess a general understanding of healthcare and medicine based upon shadowing, volunteer, and/or employment experiences. Although a specific number of hours is not required, applicants are encouraged to invest the time needed to acquire knowledge of the roles of members of the healthcare team, as well as an understanding of the meaning of working with patients and serving them as a physician.