In the US, Medical degrees are considered second entry degrees, meaning you cannot enrol directly in a Medicine Bachelor’s. You first need to do a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree in a related Science subject (popular choices are Biology and Chemistry) before you apply to a medical school. Then, you can enroll in a Medicine degree that usually lasts 4 years.


  • High school diploma
  • Undergraduate degree in the field of Sciences (3-4 years)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Good TOEFL and  IELTS(7.5 band) language scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Minimum MCAT exam result (set by each university individually)

Some American med schools have additional requirements

  • College Biology with laboratory, one year
  • General college Chemistry with laboratory, one year
  • Biology, Chemistry – minimum of 24 semester hours in areas of Humanities
  • Mathematics (Calculus and/or Statistics, one year (6-8 semester hours)
  • General college Physics with laboratory, one year (8 semester hours)

What is the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a multi-choice exam created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Almost all US medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores during their university application.

The MCAT exam takes approximately 7 hours and a half to complete and it is comprised of 4 main parts:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

List of Undergraduate Medical Schools in the America

College/UniversityLocationInstitution TypeTuition (2015-2016)*
University of WashingtonSeattle, WA4-year, Public$11,839 for in-state/$34,143 for out-of-state
University of North Carolina – Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC4-year, Public$8,591 for in-state/$33,673 for out-of-state
University of South FloridaTampa, FL4-year, Public$6,410 for in-state/$17,324 for out-of-state
University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha, NE4-year, Public$8,897 for in-state/$26,477 for out-of-state
Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortland, OR4-year, Public$18,159 for in-state/$28,779 for out-of-state
University of Michigan – Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI4-year, Public$13,856 for in-state/$43,476 for out-of-state
University of California – Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA4-year, Public$12,763 for in-state/$37,471 for out-of-state
University of ColoradoDenver, CO4-year, Public$8,692 for in-state/$23,704 for out-of-state
New York UniversityNew York, NY4-year, Private not-for-profit$47,750
University of MinnesotaDuluth, MN4-year, Public$13,082 for in-state/$17,032 for out-of-state