Preparing for medical school
Preparing for medical school begins with a strong academic background in the sciences. As you complete your bachelor's degree, be sure to take as many upper-division (3000-4000 level) science courses as you can. Taking classes in human anatomy or histology are especially recommended.
To give you an idea of what other classes are recommended, students must have completed the following courses with no grade below a "C":
- English: 6 semester hours
- Biology: 8 semester hours
- Physics: 8 semester hours
- General Chemistry: 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry: 8 semester hours
Study hard and keep your grade point average up. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for admission, but our most competitive applicants have an overall GPA of at least 3.6.
Early Admissions and Early Assurance Programs allow undergraduate students to apply to medical school early and possibly reduce the amount of years required to receive their degree. Read more detail about admissions options.
Seek out ways to become familiar with the medical field. Some ways to do that are through community service, physician shadowing and pursuing medical field hands-on experiences or certifications.
As a letter of recommendation from a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) is required for admission to OSU-COM, this is a great way to network and build contacts.
Take the MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants, and scores from the MCAT must be on file before an interview will be granted. A minimums score of 21 on the MCAT is required for admission, but our most competitive applicants have a minimum score of 27.
Visit the MCAT website for information on study guides, test dates and locations.
Before applying, be sure you meet residency requirements.