Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites. Personal Attributes. Competencies.

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States by July 15 of the year you will begin medical school. Your degree may be in the discipline of your choice, as long as you have completed the prerequisite coursework.

Academic requirements for admission to the College include adequate preparation in physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

The following premedical courses are required:

  • Biology: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.)
  • General Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.)
  • Organic Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.). Biochemistry (without lab) may be substituted for a second semester of organic chemistry.
  • Physics: 1 year (8 semester hrs.)
  • Mathematics (college level): 1 semester or 2 quarters. Calculus is not required. Statistics is acceptable.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses will fulfill the prerequisite requirements if the individual courses and credits awarded are detailed on the applicant’s college/university transcript.

GPA & MCAT

NSU M.D. College does not set a minimum GPA or MCAT for consideration. However, while there are no absolute minimum cut-off scores for either the GPA or MCAT, the MCAT score (highest) and GPA will be used as part of the initial review for screening purposes only.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit at least three, but no more than four letters of recommendation. At least one of your letters should be from a professor that has taught you in a math or science course, and who can adequately speak to both your academic readiness and personal suitability for the pursuit and practice of medicine.

Your other letters can derive from a range of sources, including, but not limited to, professors, advisors, clinical research coordinators or preceptors, supervisors, coaches, mentors, and personal and professional colleagues.

Although applicants are granted wide-ranging discretion in selecting evaluators, we strongly advise you to choose writers that know you well, and can speak honestly and knowledgeably as to your character and fitness for entering the field of medicine.

(Applicants are discouraged from submitting recommendation letters from close relatives and/or family friends.)

If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will suffice to satisfy your letters requirement. All evaluations must be submitted via AMCAS.

These letters of evaluation must be received before you will be invited to complete the secondary application. Once your secondary application is returned to us, your application is considered complete and ready for review.

The Admissions Committee will use a holistic admissions process to ensure the applicant pool and student body is broadly diverse to enable the college to achieve its mission. NSU M.D. College will prohibit discrimination against or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. 

When considering applicants for admission, the entire Admissions Committee reviews all appropriate information including academic, personal, experiential, and demographic data in the selection process:

  • Personal qualities such as motivation, sensitivity to the needs of others, excellent oral communication skills, and maturity receive particular attention along with strong academic credentials
  • Personal attributes such as compassion and altruism that are, in the view of the committee, essential to the art of good medical practice are of special interest in the selection process
  • Those applicants who have demonstrated leadership and visionary interest in health care delivery, population health, and research; consistent motivation and experience in service to others and to their communities; and those with diverse life experiences will be of particular interest to our Admissions Committee
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