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Minimum Requirements for Study at any University in Alabama 2023 Update

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Potential applicants should meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for an interview.

The minimal total MCAT score is 495 on the most recent MCAT test reported. This score is the minimum score for consideration for an interview and applies to applicants to the Regular MD, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and Rural programs.

The total MCAT Score of 495 does not apply to applicants to Early Decision or EMSAP programs. These programs each have different MCAT criteria.

➛ Scores from the September 2018 MCAT dates are the latest that will be considered.

➛ A 2016 MCAT score is the earliest score considered for the 2023 entering class.

Note: The new MCAT is a different examination from the previous MCAT. The new examination has a different structure, new content and is scored differently.

While there are percentile ranks for scores on each of the tests, similar percentile ranks of scores on the old and new tests do not represent the same performance on the two different tests.

More Information on MCAT Score

The percentile rank of a score for the new test represents how that score on the new exam is related to other scores on the new test and the percentile rank of a score on the old tests represent the relationship of that score to other scores on the old test.

When evaluating applicants our Committee will use the percentile rank of an individual score on the new MCAT to compare it to others who took the new exam.

Since our Committee has a great deal of experience with the old MCAT, scores will be used to evaluate individual applicant’s similar to the way they were used in the past.

See the MCAT website for more information.

We will use the most recent MCAT total score for either exam for consideration of the interview. The Committee will consider the applicants’ scores from all MCAT tests when evaluating applicants for admission.

Grade Point Average

For Alabama residents, there are no minimum grade point averages for consideration for admission. Out of state applicants must have a 3.4 or higher undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate grade point average to receive a secondary application invitation.

All applicants must demonstrate a solid knowledge of relevant sciences and the ability to manage a rigorous academic curriculum.

You must also have received a “C” or better in all required courses.  The out-of-state applicant GPA minimum requirement does not apply to MD-PhD applicants.

Credit Hours

Applicants should report at least 90 hours of undergraduate course credit from an accredited U.S. college or university on the AMCAS application.

All requirements to complete current degree programs must be completed by July 1st prior to matriculation. 

All college majors are considered equally; however, you should consider how your major prepares you for the rigorous science coursework of medical school and how your major will be useful if not accepted to medical school.


Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are considered for admission.

Required Undergraduate Courses

General Biology

8 semester hours

  • Embryology and genetics are recommended.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for biology are expected to complete 8 hours of additional advanced biology coursework.
  • Online biology courses are not accepted.
  • Community College biology courses are accepted.


Biochemistry or 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry (with lab)

  • Any sequence of chemistry courses that includes Biochemistry will satisfy the chemistry requirement. Note: Biochemistry is now included on the MCAT and it is anticipated all applicants will take Biochemistry in preparing for the MCAT.
  • Biochemistry is expected for all incoming students and will likely be a requirement in the near future.
  • Students who do not take Biochemistry must complete two semesters of Organic Chemistry.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for chemistry are expected to complete a college chemistry course sequence that includes Biochemistry.
  • Online Organic and General Chemistry courses are not accepted.
  • Community College Chemistry courses are not recommended.

General Physics (with lab)

8 semester hours

  • We accept AP or CLEP credit for physics.
  • Online and Community College Physics courses are accepted.

College Mathematics

Biostatistics/Statistics or 6 semester hours

  • A 3-hour college course in biostatistics or statistics is expected, but not required.
  • Applicants with 6 hours of college-level math coursework other than biostatistics/statistics will also meet the requirements.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for statistics need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a college-level biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for calculus need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a statistics/biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Computer science courses are not accepted to meet the math requirement.


6 semester hours

  • If your school requires writing composition, literature or interdisciplinary reading and writing-intensive courses in lieu of courses that are listed as “English” on the transcript, please indicate in your secondary application the courses on your transcript that you believe meet this requirement.
  • AP and CLEP credit for English courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Online and Community College English courses are accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to take courses in behavioural and social sciences.  These subject areas are reflected in the new MCAT. Introduction into Psychology or Abnormal Psychology would be potential course options.

Regarding AP and CLEP credit: 
For AP or CLEP credit to meet a minimum requirement, college hour or unit credit for a course must appear on your transcript.

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