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.

Applicants visiting the College of Medicine – TucsonAcademic Requirements

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.

Undergraduate Degrees

We strongly recommend that you plan to complete a four-year undergraduate degree before your expected matriculation date to the College of Medicine. 

Required Coursework Hours

Even if you do not plan to complete an undergraduate degree, 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:

Required Number of Hours of Completed Coursework
Location of your college/university Required hours (total) Required hours 
(upper-division classes)
U.S.A. or Canada 90 (semester system)
OR 135 (quarter system)
30 (semester hours)
OR 45 (quarter hours)
If you completed a degree outside U.S.A. or Canada

60 (semester system)
OR 90 (quarter system)

30 (semester hours)
OR 45 (quarter hours)

Upper-division coursework counts towards the total number of required hours.

Core Academic Prerequisites

Regardless of your major, you must have completed the following prerequisites prior to your first day of medical school.

Core Academic Prerequisites
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 2 semesters or 3 quarters --
Recommended # of Quarters/Semesters Additional Recommendations
Social/Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology) 2 semesters or 3 quarters --
Biostatistics 1 course --
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.
  • 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 and AP credits are acceptable only if shown on a college transcript from an accredited undergraduate degree-granting institution.

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
  • Teamwork
  • 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