Academic Requirements

A diverse administrative staff, faculty, and student body is needed to provide the richness necessary for osteopathic medical education. WCUCOM makes every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster that richness while meeting its mission and objectives. This policy complies with the “Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures (effective July 1, 2013).“ It is the official policy of WCUCOM that recruitment and selection of students for admission and consideration for financial aid must not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age or disabilities.

In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the bylaws of the University, William Carey University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, or disability in admissions or in the administration of its education policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletic and other school-administered rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

The minimum academic requirements for admission are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree, or completion of at least three-fourths (90 semester hours or 135 term credit hours) of the required credits for a baccalaureate degree, from a regionally-accredited college of university. The baccalaureate degree is preferred and preference is given to those candidates who will have earned the degree prior to matriculation in the medical school program.
  2. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students must take the exam and have the official scores sent directly to AACOMAS as part of their primary application. MCAT test scores are valid for three years from the original date.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the following college courses, including laboratory work:

    1. English composition and/or literature - 6 semester hours
    2. General chemistry - 8 semester hours
    3. Organic chemistry - 8 semester hours
    4. Physics – 8 semester hours
    5. Biological sciences – 12 semester hours

These basic requirements must be taken and passed at a regionally-accredited college or university. Online courses are not accepted. Credit by examination is not available at WCUCOM. Official transcripts must be received directly from all colleges and universities attended prior to matriculation.

WCUCOM will not accept alternative educational experiences for the required courses for admission. Other college credits earned through alternative experiences may be accepted if they have been recognized by a regionally-accredited institution in the United States.

The ability to use a computer is an essential skill that is required to complete WCUCOM course work. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that each entering student have a good working knowledge of computer use and applications.

For complete information, please consult the WCUCOM Catalog or request a copy of “Application Criteria, Policies, and Procedures” from the WCUCOM Office of Student Affairs (601-318-6235).