Premedical requirement - admission requirements
The MCAT and three years (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours) in an accredited college or university in the United States are required. Applicants are urged to take the MCAT in the spring but no later than the summer in which the application is made. A course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is recommended.
The school believes a medical student should have a sound background in the humanities and behavioral and social sciences as well as in the physical and biological sciences. Premedical requirements must be completed by January of the year of desired entry.
The following college-level courses are required:
- English: 1 year (Courses in Comparative Literature and/or Classics will fulfill the English requirement.)
- Biological Sciences, lower division (with lab): 1 year
- Biological Sciences, upper division (lab not required): 1/2 year*
- General Chemistry (with lab): 1 year
- Organic Chemistry (with lab): 1 year
(If two or more undergraduate courses are offered, the more rigorous option is recommended)
- Physics (with lab): 1 year
- Mathematics (college-level math): 1 year
(College-level statistics fulfills a portion of the requirement.)
AP/CLEP credit is not acceptable for prerequisite courses. On-line, electronic, distance learning or correspondence courses will not be accepted.
- Upper division biological science requirement can be satisfied by one semester or two quarters of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology or genetics. Admission to medical school requires that the applicant have an understanding of fundamental concepts of biomedical science. Although a biochemistry course is not absolutely required for admission, it is strongly recommended.
For more information visit: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/admissions/requirements.html
The selection process
In considering applications for admission, the admissions committee looks at an applicant's scholastic record; new Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) results; reports from teachers, advisers and interviewers regarding intellectual capability, motivation, emotional stability and personal dedication; and the applicant's awareness of the scientific, organizational, social and economic problems facing modern medicine. Selection criteria include academic credentials; personal traits including character, motivation, capacity for work; experiences in the health sciences, human services, or community; career objectives; and the individual's ability to make a positive contribution to society, the profession, the discipline, and the school.
UC Davis School of Medicine gives preference to California residents and to applicants who are United States citizens or permanent residents.
For more information visit: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/admissions/how-to-apply.html
The UC Davis School of Medicine maintains the same computer ownership expectations and requirements as the Davis campus. More information regarding these requirements and expectations can be found at the following Web site: Student Computer Ownership: http://computerownership.ucdavis.edu