The Admissions Committee conducts holistic application reviews that give equitable and balanced consideration to applicants' academic and nonacademic attributes. These reviews are broad-based and address factors the committee considers essential for achieving the various missions of our school. These factors are used by the committee in each step of evaluating an applicant and provide the framework for the content of the admission interviews.

In addition to our preparedness worksheet, we invite you to check out the AAMC's Anatomy of an Applicant. This guide includes competency resources as well as a self-assessment for medical school applicants, prepared by the AAMC.

Download the Preparedness Worksheet

Academic Requirements

Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for a secondary application.

MCAT Score

Applicants with a 495 total MCAT score are typically eligible to receive an invitation to complete our secondary application. Alabama residents with above average academic performance (our average GPA for entering students is typically in the 3.7-3.8 range) with a 493 or 494 total score on the MCAT may be invited to submit a secondary. The Early Decision and EMSAP programs have different MCAT criteria.

  • Scores from the September 2020 MCAT dates are the latest that will be considered.
  • A 2018 MCAT score is the earliest score considered for the 2021 entering class.

See the MCAT website for more information.

We will use the most recent MCAT total score for consideration of interview. The committee will consider the applicants’ scores from all MCAT tests when evaluating applicants for admission.

Grade Point Average

Alabama residents must have a 3.0 science (BCPM) GPA at the undergraduate level or a 3.0 science (BCPM) GPA after 20 or more BCPM credits at the post-baccalaureate or graduate level to receive the secondary application invitation. Since pass/fail grades are not included in the GPA, they do not count toward the 20 credit requirement at the post-baccalaureate and graduate level to receive the secondary application.

Out-of-state applicants must have a 3.3 science (BCPM) GPA at the undergraduate level or a 3.3 science (BCPM) GPA after 20 or more BCPM credits at the post baccalaureate or graduate level to receive an invitation to complete the secondary application. Since pass/fail grades are not included in the GPA, they do not count toward the 20 credit requirement at the post-baccalaureate and graduate level to receive the secondary application.

All applicants must demonstrate solid knowledge of relevant sciences and the ability to manage a rigorous academic curriculum. You must also have received a "C" or better in all required courses.  The GPA minimum requirement does not apply to MSTP program applicants to receive a secondary application.

Citizenship

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are considered for admission.

Credit Hours

Applicants should report at least 90 hours of undergraduate course credit from an accredited U.S. college or university on the AMCAS application. Applicants educated at a college or university not regionally accredited in the U.S. should complete a minimum of 24 credits in biomedical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and/or math) at a U.S. accredited institution and submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES.org evaluation service for education completed outside the U.S.

All requirements to complete current degree programs must be completed by July 1 before matriculation. All college majors are considered equally; however, you should consider how your major prepares you for the rigorous science coursework of medical school and how your major will be useful if not accepted to medical school.

Required Undergraduate Courses

  • Online and community college courses are accepted unless otherwise noted.
  • Students must receive a "C" or better in required courses.

General Biology (with lab)
8 semester hours

  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for biology are expected to complete 8 hours of additional advanced biology coursework.
  • Laboratory courses should be completed in-person; however, online labs will be accepted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biochemistry
3 semester hours

  • Any sequence of chemistry courses that includes Biochemistry will satisfy the chemistry requirement.
  • Applicants in the 2021 application cycle who have completed 8 semester hours of organic chemistry with lab will satisfy this requirement. Biochemistry will be required for applicants in the 2022 cycle and beyond.

General Physics (with lab)
8 semester hours

  • We accept AP or CLEP credit for physics.

Biostatistics/Statistics or College Mathematics
3 semester hours of biostatistics or 6 semester hours of college math

  • A 3 hour college course in biostatistics or statistics is expected.
  • Applicants with 6 hours of college level math coursework other than biostatistics/statistics will also meet the requirements.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for statistics or college mathematics are expected to complete a college level biostatistics course to meet the requirement.

English
6 semester hours

  • Complete at least 6 semester hours of college level English, writing composition, or writing intensive coursework.
  • AP and CLEP credit in English are accepted.

Behavioral and Social Sciences
3 semester hours

  • Any behavioral or social science coursework that addresses the biological, psychological, and/or sociocultural factors that influence perceptions, behaviors, interactions and well-being will be accepted.
  • For applicants in the 2021 cycle, this requirement is highly recommended. Behavioral or social science coursework will be required starting in the 2022 application cycle.
  • AP and CLEP credit in Social Sciences are accepted.

Regarding AP and CLEP credit: For AP or CLEP credit to meet a minimum requirement, college hour or unit credit for a course must appear on your transcript.

Personal Attributes and Experiences

Desirable personal attributes

Honesty, integrity, emotional maturity, empathy/compassion, industry/motivation, personal warmth and resilience, as well as a sense of purpose and a healthy sense of humor.

Effective communication skills

  • Overall ability to communicate effectively and specific ability to convey a realistic and meaningful account of one’s interest in medicine
  • Understand the importance of skillful listening
  • Ability to engage in effective conversation

Service and volunteer activities 

Evidence of a demonstrated concern for others through a pattern or ongoing, face-to-face, hands-on service.

Medically related experience and shadowing

Shadowing is an essential part of being considered competitive for admission. Through shadowing in a medical setting, you will begin to:

  • Develop an understanding of what happens when doctors and patients interact
  • Develop insight into the patient’s experience in the patient‐physician relationship
  • Better understand what becoming a physician would mean to you

Research experience and interest in academic medicine

Develop an understanding of the principles of scientific investigation and apply those principles in a research setting.

Extracurricular activities and campus involvement

  • Gives opportunities to develop life skills and maturity
  • Evaluates academic ability and time management skills

Leadership roles and special talents or abilities

  • Gives opportunities to develop life skills and maturity
  • Evaluates academic ability and time management skills

Contribution to a diverse and creative class

A diverse mix of students in each class is essential to providing educational opportunities for understanding the depth and breadth of human experiences and values.

Potential to meet unmet medical service needs

Our school is committed to meeting health care needs of the state of Alabama, particularly those of underserved populations in the state. These needs include primary care medical needs of racial and ethnic minorities and rural populations.