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Recommendations for academic preparation for medical school

Tulane University School of Medicine attracts a large number of applicants each year. Because we desire to have applicants who balance humanism and academic rigor, we have consistently encouraged applicants to pursue a broad education. In addition, we seek out applicants who have a wealth of life experiences. This requires a rigorous interdisciplinary pursuit of academics and of sciences and humanities. Applicants are highly encouraged to earn an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. Because of the changes in the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), suggested preparation includes the social sciences and psychology. Your undergraduate faculty and premed advisors know best which courses are likely to expose you to the appropriate subject matter.

Other Recommended Courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory or Field Experiences
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Expository writing
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Biochemistry

These courses are not requirements, but recommendations. Taking some or all of these courses can help you to be better prepared for the MCAT Examination and Medical School.

Online courses/degrees from a regionally accredited school will be sufficient for academic recommendations.