Application Requirements

This competitive program has fall admission with 20 spots open to Kentucky and out of state students.

This program is designed for the following students:

  • Students interested in going to medical school to become a physician or medical doctor.

  • Students who have graduated or will graduate from college with at least a Bachelor's degree prior to the start of the program in August.

  • Students who have not taken any required pre-med level science courses or have taken no more than 12 credit hours in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics (including labs). *Please note: Exceptions may be considered for some pre-med level science course work taken 10 or more years ago. However, preference is still for students who are in the early stages of their pre-med journey with 12 hours or less in the sciences.

Math, psychology, sociology or English courses are not counted in the 12 hours even though for most schools they are required or recommended.  Intro level courses in biology, chemistry or physics and science courses for nursing or exercise science majors are usually not included in the 12 hours.  The only course work recognized as pre-med level science courses are usually those for majors in those science areas or classes indicated as pre-med level.

Please note: Credit hours may vary from school to school.  Usually the science courses and labs offered at the University of Louisville consist of a 3 credit hour course and 1 or 2 credit hour lab. This will result in a total of two classes with 4-5 credit hours earned.  If your school assigns more credits to one class or lab than our school does, we will take into account that it is one class or one lab versus the number of credit hours. Keep in mind that this program is NOT designed for students who have taken the majority of their pre-med level science courses in biology, chemistry or physics.  If you have further questions about this, please contact our office, 502-852-2712 or contact the Program Director, .

This program is not designed for following students:

  • Students who have taken the majority or all of their pre-med requirements and wish to retake or refresh their course work. 

  • Students who seek record enhancing to improve their science GPA or MCAT score for medical school consideration or for re-applicants to medical school.

    For record enhancing consider the non-thesis M.S. in Physiology Program Pre-Health Care Track at the University of Louisville or a record enhancing post-bac program.

 For a listing of additional post-bac programs, please click here.


  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

  • Have earned a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. in either undergraduate or graduate school

  • Must not exceed 12 credit hours of pre-med science courses in biology, chemistry or physics (0-12 credit hours is acceptable) *Please note: Exceptions may be considered for some pre-med science course work taken 10 or more years ago.  Keep in mind that this program is NOT designed for students who have taken the majority or all of their pre-med requirements.

  • Must provide one of the following standardized test scores below. Your application cannot be considered without one.

    Choose from any one of these test you've taken to submit a score.

    ACT24  Minimum Composite
    SAT1200/1600 or 1750/2400 Minimum Composite
    GRE50th percentile minimum in each area
    GMAT50th percentile minimum composite
    LSAT50th percentile minimum composite

Please note: If you've taken more than one kind of test (e.g., ACT and SAT) present the test that meets the requirement regardless of when it was taken. If neither score meets our minimum requirement, consider retaking the test with adequate preparation to meet the required score or take another test like the GRE with preparation.  The U of L Testing Services Office offers a residual ACT that only counts for U of L. For preparation for the GRE, GMAT or LSAT, please call 502-852--6456 or go to the testing services website.

If you choose not to retake or to choose another type of exam to take, then explain your situation in the special when you apply to the program.

To get an idea of what qualities we are seeking in a qualified applicant and to understand our selection process, click here.


To apply to our program, you must go through PostbacCas.  You will select our program and proceed with the application process.  There is a fee to process your application. You may apply to as many programs as you choose.

You will complete the following sections of the application; Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials.

The Program Materials includes additional materials requested by our program which require you to upload the following materials if not initially requested by PostbacCas:

  • Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Your Standardized Test Score (PDF or scanned copy of your score) *No expiration on test date
  • Two letters of recommendation total (This includes the one initially requested from PostbacCas)
  • Additional personal statement for special circumstances has a 2500 word/character limit for you to complete if necessary to explain anything that you would like for Program Advisory Committee to take into consideration (e.g., low test score, etc.)
  • Please also answer the Question Section under Program Materials.
  • The Prerequisite Section is only for pre-med level science courses and labs in biology, chemistry or physics you may have already taken. If you haven't taken any, you may leave that section blank.  Do not include intro level science courses or other the pre-health curriculum such as nursing or exercise science.
If you are unable to upload any of the materials in the Program Materials Section, please notify PostbacCas. If the system won't allow for you to unload, please notify our office to arrange to have them sent directly to us at 502-852-2879 or 502-852-2712.

Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee will review applications beginning March 2 (after the initial deadline) to select qualified applicants to interview. The deadline has been extended to March 15, 2020.

If you are invited to interview, you will receive an e-mail that will include dates and times to select for your interview day.  Click here for more information regarding our interview process.  Please note:  Interviews will be scheduled for selected applicants beginning the week of March 16, 2020.
After an applicant is interviewed, it usually takes about 1-2 weeks for them to be notified regarding their status.  Applicants are notified via e-mail.  We do not provide information over the phone.  However, we will indicate if your application is currently being reviewed.

If you are not accepted to the program, you may continue as a regular non-degree post-bac or a second degree senior at U of L. You may seek pre-med advising from the following; Arts & Sciences Advising Center at 502-852-5502; the Biology Department at 852-6771 or the Chemistry Department at 852-6798.  You may also go to the following websites for additional medical school information:, or