The MCAT and a minimum of 90 semester hours (three years of college work) from an accredited liberal arts and science college are required. The MCAT expiration year for the 2020-2021 cycle is 1/1/2017. Any MCAT date prior to 1/1/2017 is expired.
To provide an opportunity for in-depth study, the completion of a college major or baccalaureate degree is strongly recommended. The undergraduate program must include the following course work with appropriate laboratory experiences:
- Biology (with lab) 8-10 semester hours **
Two semesters of general biology or physiology meet this requirement.
- General Chemistry (with lab) 8-10 semester hours **
This requirement should include a two-semester complete course in general or inorganic chemistry.
- Organic Chemistry (with lab) 8-10 semester hours
This requirement should include a two-semester complete course in organic chemistry.
- Physics (with lab) 8-10 semester hours
This requirement should include a two-semester complete course in physics.
- Humanities and/or Social Sciences 12-16 semester hours
Courses in the following may be used to fill this requirement: art, dramatic arts/theater, literature, English, music, foreign language, sociology, anthropology, psychology, child development, journalism, economics, geography, geology, speech, communications, history, government, political science, philosophy, religion, women's studies, and any ethnic studies courses.
- Calculus or Statistics 3 semester hours
A one-semester course in introductory calculus OR statistics will meet this requirement.
- English Composition minimum of 3 semester hours
Students are required to have at least one semester of English composition or a comparable writing course. Students may not substitute a placement examination in lieu of this requirement.
- Biochemistry 3 semester hours
Students must have a comprehensive course in Biochemistry to include metabolism. For schools that cover metabolism in the second semester of Biochemistry, then the requirement will be met with both semesters of Biochemistry, regardless of credit hours.
- Genetics 3 semester hours
** or equivalent
- CLEP and Advanced Placement
- In cases where CLEP Examination or AP credits have exempted an applicant from an undergraduate prerequisite course, it is suggested that a more advanced course in that discipline be taken to fulfill the requirements. Dual enrollment courses are accepted to fulfill the required coursework. Questions regarding CLEP and/or AP credits should be directed to COMAdmission@unmc.edu
Courses in molecular biology, immunology and microbiology, though not required, are helpful in preparing for the basic science curriculum of medical school. Interpersonal communications, ethics, and personnel management are also good preparatory courses.
Graduate Students are strongly encouraged to complete the degree program (master's or doctorate) before considering making an application. At the very least, it should be clear that the degree program will be completed before matriculation.
Canadian/International Applicant Policy:
UNMC will consider applications from International or Canadian students who have earned an undergraduate degree from a University of Nebraska system college (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Omaha or University of Nebraska-Kearney) or at a Nebraska State College (Wayne, Chadron, or Peru). Otherwise, Consideration of foreign student applications is limited to those with a permanent resident visa.