Admissions Requirements

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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. MCAT scores will be accepted from exams taken between April, 2015 through September, 2017.

Credit Hour and Course Requirements

Minimum of 90 Credit Hours PLUS Three years of higher education post-high school (at the undergraduate or graduate level) in an accredited US or Canadian Institution.  All pre-requisites must be completed at an accredited US or Canadian Institution. One gap year which would include meaningful mission-based experiences could potentially be substituted for up to one year of higher education.

English: 6 hours
Substitute with 3 Hours English and 3 Hours of Intensive Writing Course

Biology or Zoology: 6 hours

General Chemistry: 6 hours

Organic Chemistry: 6 hours
Substitute with 3 Hours Organic Chemistry and 3 Hours Biochemistry

Physics: 6 hours

Lab Courses: 6 hours
Lab Courses must be in Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Inorganic or Organic Chemistry

Recommended Premedical Coursework

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology

Letters of Recommendation

A committee letter provided by your undergraduate institution is preferred or up to 4 letters of recommendation of your choice. Please submit all letters through AMCAS.

Secondary Application

Applicants will be notified via email with instructions on how to submit the secondary application.

New for the 2018 Cycle

CASPer Test (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)

All Applicants who receive a secondary application are encouraged to complete the CASPer evaluation to assist with our Admissions process. Your CASPer results will provide the Admissions Team with additional information about you as an applicant. It is permissible to sign up for a CASPer test date and complete the evaluation after your medical school application has been submitted. Please note that CASPer results will be available to our Team three weeks from your test date. Please be mindful that applicants will be invited for interviews with or without CASPer results, as testing for the 2018 cycle is optional.

Our Admissions Team is unable to answer any informational calls, emails, or communications about CASPer. Any queries should be directed to CASPer at

More information is available at the following link:

Technical Standards

In accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973 (PL 93-112) and following careful review of the 1979 report by a Special Advisory panel on Technical Standards of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and incorporating the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA PL 101-336) enacted by Congress in 1990, the West Virginia University School of Medicine has adopted minimal technical standards for the assessment of all applicants to the School of Medicine. Please see the Technical Standards Policy here.