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Are There Medical Schools That Don’t Require the MCAT?

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We tend to put a lot of emphasis on the MCAT for being the gate-keeper for medical school admissions. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just skip taking the MCAT all together? You may be surprised to know that some medical schools that don’t require the MCAT to get in.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR 2020: Things may be different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. All med schools are currently evaluating their admissions policies for this application cycle. We are updating this post with the impact of COVID-19 on med school admissions, including tips for how to cope.

There are schools that don’t require the MCAT!? Tell me more.

For traditional medical school admissions, students are required to complete a bachelors degree program, which includes the prerequisite courses of Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, English, and usually your choice of humanities courses. At some point during a student’s matriculation, he or she will then take the MCAT before applying to medical school.

However, BA/MD programs and BS/MD programs (as well as BA/DO and BS/DO programs) exist wherein students apply to joint degree programs while in high school and transition to medical school after completing a required number of hours towards their BA degrees. For many of these programs, the MCAT requirement is waived. Essentially, it’s like applying to medical school while still in high school. Granted, these programs do require stellar SAT or ACT scores, but they do save a lot of time and money by bypassing the MCAT for students who are particularly ambitious.

So, the schools that don’t require the MCAT require a joint degree?

B/MD and B/DO programs are basically fast-track/dual degree programs (often 6-8 years) that are cool because they guarantee admission to med school after successfully completing a bachelor’s degree, meaning there’s no reason to take the MCAT.

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Here is a comprehensive list of all the schools which offer B/MD and B/DO programs. Take your pick!

Program NameStateLength (Years)Minimum GPA
University of Alabama/University of Alabama School of MedicineAlabama83.6
University of South AlabamaAlabama7 or 83.5
California Northstate College of MedicineCalifornia6 or 73.5
University of Colorado Denver/University of Colorado School of MedicineColorado83.5
University of Connecticut at Storrs/University of Connecticut School of MedicineConnecticut83.5
Howard University D.C.63.5
George Washington UniversityD.C.7--
Florida Atlantic UniversityFlorida7 or 84.30 (Weighted)
University of South Florida Honors College/USF Morsani College of MedicineFlorida74.0 (Weighted)
University of MiamiFlorida7 or 8--
Northwestern UniversityIllinois 8--
University of Illinois Chicago Illinois 7--
University of Evansville/Indiana University School of Medicine – EvansvilleIndiana84
University of Southern Indiana/Indiana University School of Medicine-EvansvilleIndiana83.5/4.0
Grambling State University/Meharry Medical CollegeLouisiana7 or 83.25
St. Louis University/St. Louis University School of MedicineMissouri8--
University of Missouri Kansas CityMissouri63
Washington University in St. Louis/Washington University in St. Louis School of MedicineMissouri8--
University of Nevada, RenoNevada73.65 (Unweighted or top 10% of class)
Franklin Pierce University/St. George’s UniversityNew Hampshire83.5
Caldwell University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNew Jersey7 or 83.5 (Top 10% of class)
Caldwell University/St. George’s UniversityNew Jersey7 or 83.5
College of New Jersey/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNew Jersey7Unweighted 4.5
or 95% (Must be in top 5% of class)
Drew University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNew Jersey7--
Monmouth University/St. George’s UniversityNew Jersey8--
Montclair State University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNew Jersey7Top 10% of class or 3.6
New Jersey Institute of Technology/American University of Antigua West Indies (both)New Jersey7--
New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (both)New Jersey7--
New Jersey Institute of Technology/St. George’s University (Grenada West Indies) (both)New Jersey7--
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey/Rowan School of Osteopathic MedicineNew Jersey7--
Rutgers University-Newark/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNew Jersey7Top 10% of class
University of New MexicoNew Mexico8--
Brooklyn College City University of New York/SUNY Downstate MedicalNew York8--
Hobart & William Smith Colleges/SUNY Upstate Medical UniversityNew York8Top 10% of class, or 90%
Hofstra University/LIJ School of Medicine, Hofstra UniversityNew York83.7, Top 10%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Albany Medical CollegeNew York7--
Siena College/Albany Medical CollegeNew York885%
Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of MedicineNew York785%
St. Bonaventure University/George Washington University School of MedicineNew York890%
Stony Brook University/Stony Brook University School of MedicineNew York8--
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry/SUNY Upstate Medical UniversityNew York890%
Union College/Albany Medical CollegeNew York8--
University of Rochester/University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryNew York8--
Case Western/Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineOhio8--
Kent State/Northeastern Ohio Medical UniversityOhio8--
University of Cincinnati/University of Cincinnati College of MedicineOhio83.5 unweighted,
3.7 weighted
University of Akron/Northeastern Ohio Medical UniversityOhio8--
Youngstown State University/Northeastern Ohio Medical UniversityOhio83.5
Drexel University/Drexel University College of MedicinePennsylvania7 or 83.5
Penn State University/Jefferson Medical CollegePennsylvania7Top 10% of class
Temple University/ Temple University of MedicinePennsylvania7 or 83.8
University of the Pittsburgh/ University of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePennsylvania8Highest GPA available at current high school
University of the Science/ Cooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityPennsylvania83.5
University of the Science/ The Commonwealth Medical CollegePennsylvania83.4
Washington & Jefferson College/Temple University School of MedicinePennsylvania8Top 5% of class
Wilkes University/Penn State College of MedicinePennsylvania8Top 10% of class
Brown University/Brown Alpert Medical SchoolRhode Island8--
Baylor University/Baylor College of MedicineTexas83.7 and top 5% of class
Rice University/Baylor College of MedicineTexas8--
Texas Tech University/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of MedicineTexas8Top 10% of class
Texas University Medical Branch (multiple routes)Texas83.25
Virginia Commonwealth University/Virginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineVirginia 83.5
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the PacificCalifornia7 or 8--
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic MedicineFlorida7 or 83.5
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern UniversityIllinois 83.5 and
top 10% of class
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic MedicineMissouri8--
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic MedicineNew York890%
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicinePennsylvania7 or 83.7
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePennsylvania7 or 83.5

Early Assurance Programs (EAPs)

Another way to circumvent the MCAT is to enroll in an Early Assurance Program, or EAP. EAPs allow undergrads already in four-year institutions to apply to med school, without first completing their degree. Students can pursue non-medical fields of interest and these programs often do not require the MCAT before matriculating to med school. Some of these are limited to students at certain universities.

If you think an EAP might be a good fit for you, check out some of these programs:

But I don’t want to do either of those things…

If you can’t see yourself doing a joint B/MD or B/DO and EAPs, there is one school out there that doesn’t require an the MCAT as part of it’s regular admissions process — Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.

However, even though they don’t require the MCAT, it is highly recommended that students applying to Dartmouth take the exam. Even though the MCAT is not required, electing not to take the exam will put students “at a disadvantage,” according to their admissions office. With a warning like that, most students obviously elect to take the exam.

The takeaway here is, while there are technically some schools that don’t require the MCAT, most students decide to sit for the exam, since the alternatives aren’t exactly easier.

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But at least you have options! 🙂

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