Prerequisite courses must have been completed less than 10 years prior to the time of application and need to be graded from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of "C-" or higher. Students cannot use advanced placement (AP) credits, audited classes, or courses with pass/fail grading for pre-requisites (with the exception of the listed COVID semesters where a passing or satisfactory grade can be considered).
Required prerequisites include the following:
- Biology: three courses; one course must have laboratory experience
- Biochemistry: one course
- Social & Behavioral Science (Psychology or Sociology): one course
- Social and behavioral science classes in economics and communication will not be accepted to satisfy the behavioral sciences requirement. Although these courses deal with human behavior, the scope of information is narrowly confined. Students in medical school require a broader theoretical and scientific foundation as physicians in training and for MCAT preparation.
If you are not sure about your pre-requisites, you are welcome to email an unofficial transcript to the office of admissions for review and/or provide a catalog course description for specific classes in question.
Prerequisites can be in-progress at the time of application but must show enrollment for summer or fall only in the application cycle. By the end of the fall term, the applicant must submit an unofficial transcript by email to relay the grade to the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine.
Medical school prerequisites are not selected for MCAT preparation and applicants may need additional coursework as part of their MCAT studies. Other recommended courses to help applicants in medical school include: genetics, immunology, molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, statistics, organic chemistry, and physics.
Applicants are not commonly required to submit additional transcripts. If transcripts are requested, applicants will be given a deadline from the office of admissions to do so. Generally, applicants who report prerequisite courses in progress when submitting the AMCAS application will be required to provide unofficial transcripts, electronically, to the office of admissions. Official, hard-copy transcripts are only required for applicants who are accepted to the school of medicine and plan to matriculate.