Application Requirements

This competitive program has 20 spots available for Kentucky and out of state applicants for fall admission only.  The 2022 application cycle will begin November 1 - February 1, 2022.

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 biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics (including labs). 

    Math/Statistics, psychology, sociology or English courses are not counted in the 12 credit hour limit, even though some medical schools may require or recommend them.  Intro level courses in biology, chemistry or physics and science courses for nursing or exercise science majors are usually not included in the 12 credit hour limit.  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-professional.

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 (two classes versus the number of credit hours).

 THIS PROGRAM IS NOT DESIGNED FOR THE 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 
  • Students who have already taken the MCAT and/or reapplying to medical school.

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

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

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 since this program is designed for career changers with 0-12 credits in pre-med level science, they will receive preference for consideration. Those with course work exceeding 12 credit hours from 10 or more years ago will be considered if additional spots are available. 

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

STANDARDIZED TEST MINIMUM SCORE REQUIREMENTS

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 no
te: 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. We do not have an expiration date for your score.  You may provide us with an unofficial copy of your scores or a screenshot as long as it indicates your identifying information (name, date of birth, etc.).  If you don't meet our minimum requirement, consider retaking one of the test with adequate preparation to meet the required score.

  • The U of L Testing Services Office offers a residual ACT that only counts for U of L.  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 circumstance personal statement 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The 2022 application cycle will begin November 1 - February 1, 2022. To apply to our program, you must go through PostbacCas PostbacCas is a centralized application service that allows you to apply to as many schools as you choose.   There is an application processing fee for PostbacCas.

PostbacCas will request specific information from you; transcripts, a recommendation letter, test scores, etc.  Our program has additional request which include uploading an official or unofficial copy of your test scores. There isn't an expiration date; so tests taken years ago are acceptable. Your resume or CV will be requested to be uploaded along with responding to some essay questions specifically for our program and additional recommendation letters. PostbacCas will ask for one but for our program you can add up to two more. 

The Program Advisory Committee will review completed and/or verified applications to select qualified applicants to interview. Interviews (in person or virtual) are scheduled for selected applicants.

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. 

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 your status 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: www.aamc.org, www.AspiringDocs.org or www.louisville.edu/medschool/admissions/. Please also check out our Pre-med Resource Link with helpful information.