**UPDATED 9/8/20**

The UA COM-Tucson Admissions Office are aware of the many scheduling challenges due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Below are the changes we are making for the 2020 Admissions Cycle.

  1. We have extended our primary application deadline to November 23rd, 2020 and our secondary application deadline to December 15th, 2020 (or 21 days from the date and time you received your secondary, whichever day comes first) to give students extra time to apply.

  2. We are adding a question on the Secondary application-"How did COVID19 impact your application process?"

  3. Students can submit their AMCAS application without their MCAT. We will place your application on a MCAT hold. Notify us when you are taking the MCAT. The last MCAT date we will accept is September 28th, 2020 and this is subject to change should there be further delays/closure due to the pandemic.

  4. We will be accepting pass/fail grades for 2020 Spring/Summer courses.

  5. The latest MCAT we will accept for the 2020-21 application cycle is January 2018.

  6. The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be held online this year.

We will continue to be flexible as this all unfolds. Please contact the Admissions office if your MCAT test date was cancelled or changed by AAMC or any other extenuating circumstances. 

There is no "ideal applicant" to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. We look for exceptional applicants with a variety of personal and professional strengths, who will contribute to our diverse and well-rounded student body.

Academic Requirements

The College of Medicine – Tucson 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.

Secondary Application

To earn a secondary application, you must have a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA, 3.0 BCPM overall undergraduate GPA and at least a 498 MCAT.   Upon further review applicants who do not have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, but who have taken at least 12 credits of either post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework in premedical hard sciences and earned at least a 3.0 GPA in that coursework, may still receive a secondary application, though not guaranteed. If you recieve a secondary application you must submit within the 21 days from the date and time the secondary was initially sent to you or December 15th at 5:00PM (Arizona Time)- whichever comes first.  We will not offer any extensions. 

  • The oldest MCAT score we will accept for the 2020-2021: January of 2018.
  • The last MCAT that we will accept for the 2020-2021 application is September 28, 2020.
  • Please refer to the AMCAS course classification guide when calculating your overall undergraduate BCPM and overall undergraduate GPA as it may be different from your local school's GPA calculation.
  • Please note, we do not offer refunds for secondary fees. 

Undergraduate Degrees

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. AMCAS does not verify international coursework, therefore all prerequisite courses must be taken at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada.   

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.

Required Number of Hours of Completed Coursework

Location of your college/university Required hours (total) Required hours 
(upper-division classes)
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.

2020 Core Academic Prerequisites & Recommended Classes

Due to COVID-19, we will accept pass/fail courses for Spring 2020 as well as Summer 2020. 

The following courses are required starting in 2020 for the class entering in 2021. Regardless of your major, you must have completed the following prerequisites prior to your first day of medical school. The new requirements are designed to better prepare students for the rigors of the medical school curriculum. It is important for students to have exposure and experience in the various content areas for a smoother transition with medical school coursework.

*Applicants invited to interview with the UA College of Medicine-Tucson will be asked to provide a pre-requisite check prior to their interview. Please fill out the following pre-requisite excel sheet and return it to the Admissions office no later than the Monday prior to your scheduled interview. Enter the course name in the corresponding column in the excel sheet. Please make note if you have any outstanding pre-reqs and what your plans are to complete them. You may be in the process of completing pre-requisites when you apply, but they must be completed by matriculation* com-t_2020-21_prerequisites.xlsx

Required # of Quarters/Semesters Additional Recommendations
Physiology 2 semesters or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable 
Biochemistry (or 1 semester Biochemistry/1 semester of Genetics) 2 semesters or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division Molecular Biology (or Nucleic Acids) 1 semester or 1 quarter Labs recommended when applicable
Social & Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Public Health) 1 semester or 1 quarter Labs recommended when applicable
Statistics (Biostatistics recommended) 1 semester or 1 quarter Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division of one of the following: Cell Biology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, or Immunobiology 1 semester or 1 quarter Labs recommended when applicable 
English (or other writing intensive course) 2 semesters or 2 quarters --
Recommended # of Quarters/Semesters Additional Recommendations
Second Language -- Conversational proficiency recommended


For University of Arizona students, please refer to courses that have been approved and listed by Pre-Health Professions Advising Center in Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science:

For updated information on the UA Department of Physiology courses, please review  physiology_course_recommendations_with_course_descriptions.pdf

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. The oldest MCAT that will be accepted for the 2020-2021 cycle is January 2018. 


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