Program Prerequisites

Pre-Medical Education

 We value broad academic backgrounds that include humanities, foreign language, social sciences and the arts to help prepare future physicians for interacting with increasingly diverse patient populations, health care professionals and colleagues.

Required Science Core

Our candidates are expected to be well prepared for a curriculum in the basic sciences. Applicants are expected to cover foundational areas to demonstrate the ability to succeed in medical school. Lab course hours do not count toward total semester hours.

  • Mathematics — Eight (8) semester hours in calculus and/or statistics.
  • Physics — Eight (8) semester hours, labs optional.
  • General chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry — 16 semester hours, labs optional.
  • Biology — Eight (8) semester hours, labs optional.
Recommended Humanities Core

In order to develop the whole student and prepare them to meet the needs of underserved communities, it is recommended that a candidate's academic history includes courses that emphasize culture, ethics, public health, spiritual practices and other aspects of diversity.

  • English, writing, composition, logic, or critical thinking — Eight (8) semester hours in any English, writing, composition, logic, or critical thinking courses.
  • Humanities/social sciences — Eight (8) semester hours.
  • Spanish — Three (3) semester hours.
AP Credits/International Baccalaureate Scores

AP credit with a score of 3, 4, or 5 or International Baccalaureate score of 5, 6, or 7 may be used to fulfill program prerequisites in all subjects.

Pass/Fail Grades

We will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the UCR School of Medicine must be a US citizen, permanent resident, DACA recipient, or eligible to enroll under California AB540, prior to beginning the first year of medical study. Information for undocumented applicants can be found here.

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited US institution prior to matriculation. Students must complete all premedical requirements before beginning the first year of medical study, although these requirements need not be completed at the time application for admission is filed.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT should be taken no later than fall of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine. If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when making an application.

The test must be repeated if, at the time of application, more than three years have elapsed since it was taken. Requests for test reports and all other correspondence and requests for information concerning the administration, processing, and scoring of the MCAT should be directed to the MCAT Program Office.

COVID-19-Related MCAT Test Cancellations

We will accept applications from individuals who were delayed in taking the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base interview decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. We will require an MCAT  score before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.