There is no "ideal applicant" to the University of Arizona College of Medicine. We look for exceptional applicants with a variety of personal and professional strengths, who will contribute to our diverse and well-rounded student body.
The College of Medicine values academic diversity. We don't favor science majors over non-science majors during the application review process.
Our admissions committee looks for a well-rounded educational background, including:
- an appreciation of the humanities,
- respect for ethics in personal and professional life,
- critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills,
- and a solid foundation in the sciences.
A bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree is required for all accepted students in order to matriculate in the fall. All applicants must expect to receive their bachelor's degree before their expected matriculation date. If a bachelor's degree is completed outside of the United States or Canada, there are coursework hour requirements that must be completed in order to matriculate.
Required coursework hours for applicants who have completed a degree outside of the United States or Canada
If you completed a degree outside of the United States or Canada, you must complete a minimum number of hours of coursework at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada before your expected matriculation date:
|Location of your college/university||Required hours (total)||Required hours |
|If you completed a degree outside U.S.A. or Canada|
60 (semester system)
|30 (semester hours)|
OR 45 (quarter hours)
Upper-division coursework counts towards the total number of required hours.
Core Academic Prerequisites & Recommended Classes
Regardless of your major, you must have completed the following prerequisites prior to your first day of medical school.
|Required||# of Quarters/Semesters||Additional Recommendations|
|Biology||2 semesters or 3 quarters||Labs recommended|
|Chemistry||2 semesters or 3 quarters||Labs recommended|
|Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry*||2 semesters or 3 quarters||Labs recommended|
|Physics||2 semesters or 3 quarters||Labs recommended|
|English (or other writing intensive course)||2 semesters or 3 quarters||--|
|Recommended||# of Quarters/Semesters||Additional Recommendations|
Social/Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Public Policy, Behavioral Health, and History)
|2 semesters or 3 quarters||--|
Statistics (Biostatistics or Statistics), Anatomy, Genetics, Histology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience
|Microbiology, Immunology, or Microbiology/Immunobiology||1 semester or 2 quarters|
|Second Language||--||Conversational proficiency recommended|
*A student may take either 2 courses in organic chemistry, or 1 course in organic chemistry and 1 course in biochemistry.
Notes about core prerequisites:
- You can apply while in the process of completing these courses.
- All core prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada, regardless of prior completion.
- Community college coursework is accepted.
- Core prerequisite courses must be graded with a “C” or better. P/F Credit is not accepted.
- College course credit awarded for AP science courses may fulfill the relevant core prerequisites. The admissions committee will also expect to see advanced-level undergraduate courses in the science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded.
- CLEP, AP and IB credits are acceptable only if shown on a college transcript from an accredited undergraduate degree-granting institution. If they show as a grade of "G" on transcripts, we will ask for your scores.
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
Applicants to the College of Medicine must take the MCAT.
Our admissions process considers many factors, and is designed to view you as a whole person—not just a collection of scores. The factors that we consider include the competencies defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges:
- Service orientation
- Social and interpersonal skills
- Cultural competence
- Oral communication
- Integrity and ethics
- Reliability and dependability
- Resilience and adaptability
- Capacity for improvement
Thinking and reasoning
- Critical thinking
- Quantitative reasoning
- Scientific inquiry
- Written communication
- Living systems
- Human behavior