Potential 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 2019 MCAT dates are the latest that will be considered.
    • A 2017 MCAT score is the earliest score considered for the 2020 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 outsite 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

General Biology

8 semester hours

  • Embryology and genetics are recommended.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for biology are expected to complete 8 hours of additional advanced biology coursework.
  • Online biology courses are not accepted.
  • Community College biology courses are accepted.


Biochemistry or 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry (with lab)

  • Any sequence of chemistry courses that includes Biochemistry will satisfy the chemistry requirement. Note: Biochemistry is now included on the MCAT and it is anticipated all applicants will take Biochemistry in preparing for the MCAT.
  • Biochemistry is expected for all incoming students and will likely be a requirement in the near future.
  • Students who do not take Biochemistry must complete two semesters of Organic Chemistry.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for chemistry are expected to complete a college chemistry course sequence that includes Biochemistry.
  • Online Organic and General Chemistry courses are not accepted.
  • Community College Chemistry courses are not recommended.

General Physics (with lab)

8 semester hours

  • We accept AP or CLEP credit for physics.
  • Online and Community College Physics courses are accepted.

College Mathematics

Biostatistics/Statistics or 6 semester hours

  • A 3 hour college course in biostatistics or statistics is expected, but not required.
  • 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 need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a college level biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for calculus need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a statistics/biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Computer science courses are not accepted to meet the math requirement.


6 semester hours

  • If your school requires writing composition, literature or interdisciplinary reading and writing intensive courses in lieu of courses that are listed as "English" on the transcript, please indicate in your secondary application the courses on your transcript that you believe meet this requirement.
  • AP and CLEP credit for English courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Online and Community College English courses are accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to take courses in behavioral and social sciences.  These subject areas are reflected on the new MCAT. Introduction into Psychology or Abnormal Psychology would be potential course options.

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.