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Academic Requirements

Recommended Coursework 

**Effective January 1, 2016: Wake Forest School of Medicine no longer requires prerequisite courses to make application.**

Wake Forest School of Medicine seeks future physicians who have mastered a broad science curriculum that includes the knowledge base and promotes the problem-solving skills required by the practice of medicine. In addition, we seek applicants who have thoughtfully prepared to meet the social and emotional needs of patients by including in their formal education a rich exposure to the social sciences and humanities. At least 90 hours of college coursework is required to apply and advanced placement (AP) and other credits are acceptable. Unless noted otherwise, all science courses should have a laboratory component.

Recommended courses may include:

  • Biology: Introductory biology, molecular/ cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience
  • Chemistry: Inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry (with or without lab)
  • Physics: Introductory physics
  • Mathematics: Algebra, statistics
  • Psychology: Introductory psychology, behavioral psychology, abnormal psychology
  • Sociology: Introductory sociology, course work with special emphasis on health disparities
  • Humanities: foreign language (especially Spanish), philosophy (especially medical ethics), literature


Applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Applications will not be reviewed for consideration until MCAT scores are received. MCAT scores will only be accepted if the test was taken within three years of application.  

  • For the 2019 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is April 2015.  This will be the final year that we accept the old MCAT scores.
  • For the 2020 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is April 2016.

Letters of Evaluation

All letters of evaluation should be submitted via the AMCAS Letter Service.  The Committee on Admissions prefers a Premedical Committee report or letter packet. If you choose to submit individual letters please use the recommendations below as a guide on what to submit. While the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) lists 6 as the maximum number of letter we accept, we only guarantee to review your Committee report/packet or the two letters listed on secondary application. 

If you are a current undergraduate student and your school does not have a Premedical Committee we will accept two letters of evaluation, with at least one from a science faculty member.
If you have completed your undergraduate degree and are currently enrolled in a graduate program, it is advisable that you submit two letters of evaluation with at least one from the graduate program faculty member or adviser.

If you have completed your undergraduate degree and are currently working, it is advisable that you should you submit two letters of evaluation with at least one from your current supervisor.

Technical Standards 

Please see the Student Right to Know Webpage for current technical standards requirements.


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PO Box 573183
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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