Requirements for Admission
Minimum Academic Qualifiers
For the 2020 entering class, the minimum qualifiers to receive further consideration in the process are: a cumulative total GPA, as reported by AMCAS, of 2.8 and a cumulative score of 497 on the most recent eligible MCAT. An eligible MCAT is one that is taken one to four years prior to the year in which an applicant seeks matriculation to medical school. For the 2020 entering class, eligible MCAT scores are those recorded in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. All decisions are based on an applicant's most recent eligible MCAT.
For the 2019 entering class, the minimum qualifiers to receive further consideration in the process are: a cumulative total GPA, as reported by AMCAS, of 2.8 and a cumulative score of 497 on the most recent eligible MCAT. An eligible MCAT is one that is taken one to three years prior to the year in which an applicant seeks matriculation to medical school. For the 2019 entering class, eligible MCAT scores are those recorded in 2016, 2017, and 2018. All decisions are based on an applicant's most recent eligible MCAT.
Minimum qualifiers are subject to change from one admissions cycle to the next. Applicants must meet the minimum academic and MCAT qualifiers set for that admissions cycle.
Applicants must have United States citizenship, DACA status, or permanent resident status with agreen card indicating permanent residency in the United States. Permanent residents are encouragedto have at least one year of full‐time course work at a college or university in the United States.Please note that our dual degree programs do not accept DACA status at this time.
A Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university is required prior to matriculation to medical school. No preference will be shown for any particular major or area of study. Personal interest and passion for intellectual questions posed by afield of study should be the primary motivator in selecting a major or area of concentration. All applicants should strive to pursue a wide variety of coursework spanning the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences and mathematics.
Recommended Prerequisites - For the 2020 entering class:
The following prerequisites are recommended to applicants as they prepare themselves for the YourMD Curriculum. These are based on the AAMC Premedical Competencies which mark the beginning of a continuum leading to the Six Domains of Competence* that create the foundation of Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) and beyond into independent practice.
I. Pre‐Professional Competencies:
Service Orientation, Cultural Competency, Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Social Skills and Oral Communication; Teamwork, Reliability, and Dependability; Resilience, Adaptability, and Capacity for Improvement
Experiences demonstrating the above competencies are broad. They may include demonstrations of excellence and leadership in the areas of service including but not limited to: any number of employment, volunteer or research experiences both inside and outside of the healthcare arena, participation in the arts and/or collegiate athletics, military service, the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America are a few examples.
II. Thinking and Reasoning Competencies:
Critical Thinking and Written Communication
Exposure to coursework, independent or professional experiences in either the humanities or social sciences where critical analysis that weighs alternative solutions to problems and fosters an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of a given argument. Such experiences must also emphasize expression and application of such ideas and conclusions through highly developed and effective use of the written word.
Classwork in quantitative reasoning could include Statistics, Calculus, Data Science or Computer Science.
Successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the language of the scientific method as it is applied via classroom laboratory coursework or through independent research experiences.
III. Science Competencies:
Demonstrate an ability to apply basic science principles to human health and disease and demonstrate observational and analytical skills applied to biological situations which could include course work in Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Biochemistry. It is recommended that applicants take a course in human anatomy and/or physiology.
An understanding of the basis of human behavior and its applications to both individuals and society which could include courses in psychology and sociology.
The OHSU School of Medicine seeks applicants who will develop into practitioners able to master each of these domains. The goal of the above competencies is to prepare the student for success in
their graduate medical training and beyond.
Prerequisite Courses - For the 2019 (and earlier) entering class:
The following are the minimum acceptable college-level courses that must be successfully completed prior to matriculation to medical school:
(One academic year is equivalent to two semesters or three academic quarters.)
BiologyOne academic year of general biology to include one genetics course. Laboratories are recommended.A course in anatomy is strongly recommended.ChemistryOne course each of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Laboratories are recommended. (Since undergraduate curricula vary from school to school, in fulfilling this requirement it is implied that the required prerequisite sequences in general and organic chemistry will have been completed in order to take the biochemistry course.)
PhysicsOne academic year of general physics. Laboratories are recommended.Mathematics
One mathematics course (not including statistics). A course in statistics is strongly recommended.
Humanities, Social Studies and English
Two academic years of humanities and/or social sciences to include one course in English composition (or equivalent writing emphasis).
AP and IB Credit
Credit will be accepted to fulfill the above prerequisites. AP and IB credits must appear on your college or university transcript with the course name and number of credits awarded. If your AP or IB credit is awarded in a block, OHSU requires an addendum from your college or university specifying course titles and the number of credits awarded for each class.
Note: Transcripts and verification of AP or IB credits are only needed once an applicant is offered admission to OHSU.