Note that admissions requirements will vary somewhat by program. Health sciences majors should work with their advisor to make sure they are taking the correct pre-requisite courses for the graduate programs they plan to apply to.


Admissions Requirements

BIOL 111  Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIOL 112  Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution 
CHEM 111  Chemical Principles I 
CHEM 112   Chemical Principles II 
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 232  Organic Chemistry II
BIOL/CHEM 434  Biochemistry  
PHYS 111 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences or PHYS 117 Physics I
PHYS 112 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II or PHYS 118 Physics II
MATH 112   Elementary Statistics 
PSY 100  
General Psychology 

Admissions requirements for allopathic medical schools
Admission requirements for osteopathic medical schools

Course Recommendations

Chemistry 111 and 112 and Biology 111 should be taken during your first year at Guilford because they are pre-requisites for other required courses.

Suggested Activities

Experience in health-related fields before applying to medical school is essential. Students can gain experience through shadowing physicians (and other health care providers), internships, summer employment and volunteer work. Both the pre-health professions advisors and the Career Development Center can help students find these experiences.

Standardized Admissions Test

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is the standardized test that all students who wish to apply to medical school must take. The exam should be taken by early summer of the year in which you plan to apply. For example, if you planned to enter medical school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should take the test before or during the summer of your junior year. The MCAT is based on the assumption that students have completed one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, a semester of biochemistry and general psychology. For more information about the MCAT, including registration information and review materials, visit the MCAT home page.

Applying to Medical School

Medical schools use one of two online application services: allopathic schools use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and osteopathic schools use the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Students should complete one or both of these common applications, which then distribute the information to the students’ chosen schools. The completed applications should be submitted by mid-summer of the year before the student plans enter medical school. For example, if you plan to enter medical school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should submit the applications during the summer of your junior year.

Note: As a capstone to the health science major, students take Health Science Seminar (HSCI 400), in which students learn about navigating the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips, as well as discuss topics such as paying for graduate school and current issues in health care. In addition, Guilford alumni who are currently in or recently graduated from graduate programs in the health professions come back to share their experiences with you. This class should be taken the spring before you plan to apply to medical school.


  • Anne Glenn

    Chair, Coordinator for Health Sciences Major & Pre-Health Professions Advising, Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies Program
    School Extension 316.2234