MD Admissions Academic Requirements

MD Admissions

Academic & MCAT Requirements for Core and SELECT

Undergraduate Education

Students applying for admission to the USF Morsani College of Medicine MD Programs must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and all prerequisites from a United States regionally accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. Coursework taken outside of the United States will not be accepted, regardless if the transcript has been made equivalent by a U.S. institution for purposes of undergraduate enrollment. Applicants who are currently pursuing graduate level work toward a Ph.D. or other professional degree must complete all degree requirements prior to matriculation into the MD Programs.

Basic Science Requirements

The minimum basic admission requirements include the following coursework for both the Core & SELECT MD Programs:

2 Semesters / 3 Quarters in each subject

Biological Science including laboratory
General Chemistry including laboratory
Organic Chemistry including laboratory
Physics including laboratory

College courses recommended, but not required includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Embryology
  • Cell biology
  • Comparative anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics

Course work in communication arts, humanities, and natural sciences is encouraged. No specific requirement is set in the area of mathematics since, at most colleges; some mathematics are a prerequisite to physics and chemistry. AP/IB coursework is sometimes accepted for the English and Math prerequisite coursework.


Students should select subjects that broaden their educational experiences and help meet their educational goals.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities and employment, both during the undergraduate academic year and the summers, are important contributions to an individual's development. Experience in medical and paramedical areas can contribute to an understanding of health care delivery systems and help solidify the student's motivation to study medicine. Volunteering and community service provide insight to the humanistic nature of an applicant.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required for admission and must be taken within the three years PRIOR to entry to the MD Programs. MCAT scores older than three years will not be considered for admission to the USF MD Programs.

The last MCAT tests that are accepted are those taken in September with results transmitted to your AMCAS application in October.