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Premedical Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree

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.

Minimal course requirements include:

Requirement Semesters
Biological sciences at the level of a biology major  2
Inorganic (general) chemistry (with lab) 2
General organic chemistry (with at least 1 lab) 2
Physics (with lab) 2
English composition or writing-intensive courses (sufficient credit for bachelor's degree) 2

Your university may have a different sequence of courses to fulfill a degree requirement.  However, our prerequisite courses are expected for all entering medical students regardless of your degree program's requirements.  

Response to COVID-19: Information for 2022 Application Cycle

Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs, and letters of evaluation.

Pass/Fail Coursework - Students required by their college or university to accept a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade for the 2022 application cycle will not be penalized by the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine does accept Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades for course prerequisites, but prefers to see letter grades. Students with the option of accepting a letter grade or a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade in the 2022 application cycle may want to consider the impact on the overall science GPA and cumulative GPA if a course does not have a letter grade. 

Online Coursework and Labs - Online coursework and labs are acceptable.

Letters of Evaluation - We do not specifically require a school committee letter. If your school is unable to provide one, please submit 3 to 5 letters of reference instead. 

Strongly Encouraged Coursework:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to diversify their undergraduate education. While not required for admission to the School of Medicine, several courses and subject areas have been found helpful in preparing for the medical school curriculum. Suggested courses and disciplines include:

  • Immunology (strongly encouraged)
  • Biochemistry 
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Natural sciences
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Humanities
  • Oral and written communications
  • Social determinants of health (strongly encouraged; examples include cultural or social anthropology, public or population health, epidemiology, environmental health, health economics, health policy, history of medicine or public health, ethics related to health care)

Healthcare experience:

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.

Last modified: Feb 24, 2021
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