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


We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have an effect on numerous factors with regard to the 2021 medical school application cycle.  Please review answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  This situation is evolving.  Please check back here for updates.  Additional information about medical school admissions and COVID-19 is available from the Association of American Medicine Colleges.

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 credits at the post-baccalaureate or graduate level to receive the secondary application invitation.

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 credits at the post baccalaureate or graduate levelto receive an invitation to complete 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 MD-PhD applicants to receive a secondary application.

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 US should complete a minimum of 24 credits in biomedical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and/or math) at a US 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 1st prior to 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. 


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

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

8 semester hours

  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for biology are expected to complete 8 hours of additional advanced biology coursework.
  • Lectures may be completed online.
  • Laboratory courses should be completed in-person.


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 satsify 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.


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.