Admissions Requirements

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Important Changes to 2019 Admissions Requirements: Please read the requirements carefully, as there are changes in the Early Decision verbiage, English courses are no longer required, acceptable dates for MCAT have changed and ineligibility notes have been added.

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 September, 2015 and September, 2018.
  • There is no required minimum MCAT score to apply for Regular Decision. Applicants should refer to the Class Profile for more information.
  • Early Decision applicants must have a 125 or greater in each sub-section.

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.
  • 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
  • or 3 to 4 letters of recommendation of your choice
  • Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to your AMCAS application at least two weeks prior to your interview

Secondary Application

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

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 2019 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:

Functional 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 Functional Technical Standards Policy here.

Ineligible Applicants

  • Medical Students who have been dismissed or have been terminated by an allopathic or osteopathic school will not be considered for admittance.
  • Individuals who have previously earned an allopathic or osteopathic medical degree, whether in this country or abroad, will not be considered for admittance.