A lot of students don’t realize that there are plenty of medical schools that don’t require the MCAT. As long as you get into certain programs, you can skip the test entirely!
So if you’re looking to take a different path and steer clear of the MCAT entirely, these medical schools are your best bet.
Since students don’t know much about these medical schools (and the specific programs they offer), we thought it made sense to put together this handy resource.
It will teach you what medical schools don’t require the MCAT, how you can apply, and the differences between each of the programs!
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Are There Really Medical Schools That Don’t Require The MCAT?
For most students looking to study medicine, the MCAT is a big part of getting their foot in the door. Many see it as a right of passage! It’s that all-important (and hard) test that you spend a long time preparing for.
The MCAT, also known as the Medical College Admission Test, has been around in some form for a long time. While it recently changed formats in 2015, the MCAT has been a part of the medical school application process since 1928!
For more than 90 years, the MCAT has always been a big qualifier for medical schools. It’s not the only thing that admissions panels consider when going over a prospective student’s credentials. But, it plays a bit factor in the school’s decision because it’s meant to show an applicant’s proficiency in important topics.
But despite its importance, there are ways to get into medical school without taking the MCAT at all!
It may come as a surprise, but some schools have unique programs that don’t require MCAT scores to get in. These programs offer the same level of education in prestige and they’re virtually identical to standard programs
In fact, you’ll likely be studying alongside medical student peers who did have to take the MCAT!
The difference comes down to how you get into medical school in the first place. Specialty programs allow you to bypass the traditional application process. Thus, you get to skip taking the MCAT!
Make no mistake: these programs are not a walk in the park to get into. Some would argue that they are more difficult to get into than the traditional four-year MD program!
However, if you’re committed to getting that education and know that being a physician is in your future, these programs are a great way to bypass MCAT and get that acceptance early on.
1. BA/MD & BS/MD Programs
One of the most common ways medical students get in without taking the MCAT is through a combined BS/MD or BA/MD program.
Traditionally, future medical students go to a standard four-year university to obtain their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
During this time, you might complete a pre-med track to better prepare you for medical school. At the very least, students will take pertinent courses related to medical sciences.
It’s after graduating with an undergraduate degree that most students will take the MCAT and apply to medical school.
But what if you could just bypass that process altogether and complete your entire educational career at one institute?
With a combined BA/MD or BS/MD, you can do just that. As you might have guessed, these programs are simply lengthier programs where you work towards your undergraduate degree and medical degree at one school.
Most of these last four seven years in total. Some may last for eight years!
Whatever the case may be, you’re technically not a medical school student when you first get accepted. The first three or four years of your education are going to focus on undergraduate studies. This includes your liberal arts requirements and core classes that will prepare you for the MD portion of the program.
But once you complete those undergraduate requirements, you’ll automatically matriculate and shift towards the traditional medical school curriculum.
The biggest benefit that a combined BA/MD and BS/MD program offers is a focused curriculum. The programs have a very clear and focused track that covers a wide range of topics that will benefit you.
Generally, the combined programs are developed by staff who work on the MD program as well. As a result, the recommended classes are all ones that can better prepare you for the MD portion.
The reason these programs don’t require MCAT scores is that they accept students straight out of high school! Students matriculate in the middle of the program with no need to reapply. So, why would they take the MCAT?
Now, getting into a combined BA/MD or BS/MD can be tough. Medical schools want to accept the brightest students possible, so you have to show schools that you’re in it for the long haul!
The admissions requirements vary from school to school. Most require you to in the upper percentile of your graduation class while others simply need a solid GPA score (you can’t get in with a low one). Those GPA requirements can be as high as 4.0 on a weighted scale!
Of course, admissions panels will look at other things as well. This includes everything from job experience to extracurriculars. You have to have a solid application to be competitive for these programs.
So, be prepared to work hard throughout your high school career if you want to take a stab at a combined BA/MD or BS/MD program!
Available BA/MD & BS/MD Programs To Consider
Here is a list of medical schools that don’t require the MCAT as long as you make it into their BA/MB or MS/MD program. As you can see, it’s quite long!
- University of Alabama School of Medicine
- University of South Alabama
- California Northstate College of Medicine
- University of Colorado School of Medicine
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- Howard University
- George Washington University
- Florida Atlantic University
- University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
- University of Miami
- Northeastern University
- University of Illinois Chicago
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- Meharry Medical College
- Boston University School of Medicine
- St. Louis University School of Medicine
- University of Missouri Kansas City
- Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
- University of Reno
- St. George’s University
- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
- Caldwell University/St. George’s University
- University of New Mexico
- SUNY Downstate Medical
- SUNY Upstate Medical University
- Hofstra University/LIJ School of Medicine
- Albany Medical College
- CUNY School of Medicine
- Stony Brook University School of Medicine
- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
- Northeastern Ohio Medical University
- University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
- Drexel University College of Medicine
- Jefferson Medical College
- Temple University of Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
- The Commonwealth Medical College
- Penn State College of Medicine
- Brown Alpert Medical School
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
- Texas University Medical Branch
- Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
- Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
- Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
- A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
- New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2. Flexible Admissions Programs
Flexible Admissions Programs are offered by a handful of medical schools that don’t require the MCAT. These programs work a bit differently than combined degree programs.
You apply to them early on in your undergraduate career. Most often, students will apply for these during their sophomore or junior year. Once accepted, you automatically matriculate after completing your undergraduate degree.
So what’s the benefit of a Flexible Admissions Program?
Well, you don’t have to worry so much about getting your prerequisite courses in. You already know that you’re moving on to medical school after graduation. This means you can focus on extracurriculars or other courses that aren’t centered around medical science.
Like combined degree programs, these are tough to get in. High GPAs and plenty of completed prerequisites are a must.
Oftentimes, students who complete some college credits during their high school years have the best chance of going this route. That way, they can do core classes during their freshman and sophomore years before applying to a Flexible Admissions Program.
Available Flexible Admissions Programs
- University of Toledo Medstart Program
- ICahn School of Medicine Flex Med Program at Mt. Sinai
3. Early Assurance Medical School Programs
Early Assurance Medical school programs (also known as EAPs) are very similar to Flexible Admissions Programs. They operate virtually the same way!
Students apply to an EAP at the end of their second year of undergraduate studies. Students can also apply at the start of their third year.
If accepted, students get on a fast-track to medical school and automatically matriculate after graduation. Because successful applicants are still at undergraduate school, they can focus on non-medical interests while still maintaining the track established for the EAP.
EAPs are often limited to students at a specific four-year University. This isn’t always the case, but you should make sure before attempting to apply.
Like Flexible Admissions Programs, Early Assurance Programs are highly competitive. Admissions panels will take on a more holistic approach to accepting students. Thus, there are no MCAT requirements.
However, you will need a high GPA, good extracurriculars, experience, and have some of those core biology classes taken care of.
Available Early Assurance Programs
- SUNY Upstate EAP
- SUNY Buffalo EAP
- Wake Forest EAP
- Georgetown EAP
- Tufts Medical School
- Maine Track at Tufts Medical School EAP
- Drexel College of Medicine EAP
- University of Rochester
- Albany Medical College EAP
- Brody School of Medicine
- Loyola Stritch School of Medicine EAP
- Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program
- Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine EAP
- Penn State College of Medicine EAP
4. Medical Honors Programs
Finally, we have Medical Honors Programs. This type of program is currently only available at one school, The University of Florida. Called the University of Florida Junior Honors Program, this route doesn’t require MCAT scores.
But it’s worth pointing out that this program is very competitive. It’s like a combined BS/MD program. This means students are accepted straight out of high school and complete all of their prerequisites before matriculating.
The minimum GPA required to get into this program is 3.7 in math and science subjects. Admissions panels pay special attention to medical experience, too. This experience could be research or volunteer work
The Secret’s Out
As you can see, there are plenty of medical schools that don’t require the MCAT. As long as you do the hard work and get accepted through one of the programs above, you won’t need to worry about that pesky test.
Depending on your situation, there are some programs that might be better options than others. Take a look at each of the ones that look interesting and see which are the best for you!
We highly recommend doing whatever you can to make your application look as appealing as possible. If you’re interested in getting some help with this and maximizing your chances, we’d love to talk with you!
Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of students get into medical school. It’s all we do! Let us do the same for you.