**Effective January 1,
2016: Wake Forest School of Medicine no longer requires prerequisite courses to
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 2018 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is April 2014. This will be the final year that we accept the old MCAT scores.
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.
Please see the Student Right to Know Webpage for current technical standards requirements.