A Guide to Medical Schools That Don’t Require the MCAT [2024]

For most prospective medical students, the MCAT is required for medical school acceptance. But for a select few, there are other ways to get into medical school without the MCAT.

Many popular medical school tutoring and consulting services provide very inaccurate lists of schools that don’t require medical students to complete the MCAT. I’m Dr. Ken Tao, an MCAT expert for MedSchoolCoach, and I’m going to set the record straight.

There are currently 15 baccalaureate-MD programs and 12 EAPs in the United States that may admit students without taking the MCAT, for a total of 25* medical and osteopathic schools:

  1. University of Arizona School of Medicine Tucson (B/MD) — Arizona
  2. UC Riverside School of Medicine (EAP) — California; open to UC Riverside undergraduate students or recent graduates only
  3. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (BS/MD) — Florida
  4. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (BS/MD) — Florida
  5. University of Florida College of Medicine (EAP) — Florida
  6. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (EAP) — Illinois; open to Northwester University undergraduate students only
  7. University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Lexington (EAP) — Kentucky; open to specific partner university students only
  8. Tufts University School of Medicine (EAP) — Massachusetts; waived MCAT applies to students accepted only through the 2026/27 academic year, and MCAT will be required after that time
  9. Kansas City University – Joplin (BS/DO) — Missouri
  10. University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine (BA/MD) — Missouri
  11. Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine (EAP) — New Hampshire; open to Dartmouth University juniors only
  12. CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education (BS/MD) — New York
  13. Albany Medical College (B/MD) — New York; partners with multiple undergraduate B/MD programs
  14. Albany Medical College (EAP) — New York; open to Union College students only
  15. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (EAP) — New York
  16. University of Rochester School of Medicine (B/MD) — New York
  17. University of Rochester School of Medicine (EAP) — New York; open to Spelman College sophomores only
  18. East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine (EAP) — North Carolina; open to ECU Honors College applicants who are legal NC residents only
  19. Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine (B/MD) — Ohio
  20. The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (EAP) — Ohio
  21. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (GAP, B/MD) — Pennsylvania; only HS seniors already accepted to UP are eligible
  22. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (B/MD) — Rhode Island; the only Ivy League B/MD program
  23. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (B/MD) — Texas
  24. Georgetown University School of Medicine (EAP) — Washington, D.C.; open to Georgetown University fourth-semester students only
  25. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (BA/MD) — Washington, D.C.

Keep in mind that each of these programs is incredibly competitive and has limited spots. The MCAT is waived only because accepted students have shown academic and extracurricular success in other ways.

Note: Data in this section is as of March 2024. Programs frequently adjust their requirements, and not all of these are immediately updated online. To verify whether or not your chosen program requires the MCAT, check with the school’s admissions office.

*Yes, we know 15 + 12 doesn’t equal 25. One of the medical schools on the list, Albany Medical College, partners with three separate baccalaureate-MD programs, which is why the total number of schools is lower than the number of individual programs.

Can you go to med school without the MCAT? 

Yes, there are technically 3 ways to get into medical school without taking the MCAT:

  • Apply for baccalaureate-MD programs (BS/MD, BA/MD, or BFA/MD) that don’t require the MCAT,
  • Take part in an early assurance program (EAP), or
  • Go to an international medical school that doesn’t require the MCAT (not recommended if you plan to practice medicine in the US).

Note: Some schools abroad do not require the MCAT, but they may not be accredited or allow for a straightforward pathway to a U.S. license. We strongly advise against choosing this route if you plan on returning to the United States to practice medicine.

Whether you’re a high school student considering your future, a pre-med in the application process, or aren’t a great test taker, you have reasonable options. Let’s take a look at your options and the list of medical schools you should consider.

B/MD Programs (BS/MD, BA/MD, BS/DO, and BA/DO)

What are baccalaureate-MD programs? 

B/MD, or baccalaureate-MD programs, including BS/MD, BA/MD, BS/DO, and BA/DO, are dual-degree programs that provide a streamlined path for students to earn both their undergraduate degree (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) and their Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree. High school students with strong academics apply to these programs and, if all requirements are met during undergrad, seamlessly transition into the connected medical program.

Several of these programs typically do not require the MCAT but still have very competitive admission requirements and few spots. Many B/MD programs take only 5-20 students per year. Applicants must have a high GPA, strong SAT or ACT scores, stellar extracurriculars, and solid letters of recommendation. In many cases, these programs are only open to US residents or residents of a particular state, and some qualify only economically- or educationally-disadvantaged students.

Although it wasn’t always the case, most B/MD programs in 2024 actually do require students to take the MCAT before moving to their medical program and may or may not have a minimum score requirement.

Baccalaureate-MD enrollees are typically required to maintain a very high college GPA, especially in math and science coursework. The programs also look for a strong portfolio of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, or job experience related to healthcare. Admissions committees want to see the applicant’s commitment to a career in medicine.

How Long Do B/MD Programs Take?

Baccalaureate-MD programs typically take seven or eight years to complete, with undergraduate studies usually taking three or four years, and the medical degree the standard four years. A few of these programs offer accelerated six-year programs.

Students on a B/MD or similar path bypass the traditional medical school application process in their senior year of undergraduate studies. The workload can require students to attend classes over the summer, but in the end, it can reduce the overall stress and uncertainty of medical school admissions.

WATCH: Admissions to Medical School Without the MCAT

Pros and Cons of B/MD Programs

While B/MD programs offer a unique path for students set on a future medical career, they come with their own set of advantages and drawbacks.

Benefits of B/MD Programs:

  • Early medical school admission — High school seniors who get into these programs have a guaranteed spot in medical school, assuming they maintain certain GPA and minimum MCAT requirements.
  • No MCAT requirement — A few BS/MD programs do not require students to take the MCAT or require students to take the test but set no minimum score requirement. This can reduce the stress of MCAT prep and the pressure associated with this supersized exam.
  • Time efficiency — Certain programs combine undergraduate and medical education into six or seven years instead of the traditional eight or more. This accelerated path can save time and years of tuition money, while also allowing students to start their medical careers earlier, which increases their lifetime earning potential.
  • Focused curriculum — Given the guaranteed medical school admission, students in BS/MD programs often engage in a curriculum focused on health sciences from the get-go. This focus can provide a strong foundation for medical school and beyond.

Drawbacks of B/MD Programs:

  • Limited flexibility — With a fixed curriculum and strict schedule, these programs may not offer much room for exploration outside the medical field. This structure can be a disadvantage for students who later decide they want to pursue a different path or those who want a broader undergraduate experience. In addition, some programs have summer requirements involving courses, volunteering work, or internships. 
  • Highly Competitive — Due to their unique offerings and benefits, BS/MD programs can be extremely competitive. Applicants often need a high GPA and high school extracurricular activities related to healthcare to stand out in the admissions process. Many programs accept only 5-20 students per year.
  • Geographical Limitations — The binding nature of these programs means students must commit to the same institution or a partner institution for their undergrad and medical school programs. Students who wish to experience different environments or have aspirations to attend specific medical schools may see this as a downside.
  • In-State Residency Requirements — Many programs are only open to students who reside in certain states. 

All B/MD Programs in the United States

There are a total of 49 dual-degree programs across the US. According to the latest available data, 15 of these waive the MCAT requirement to get into med school or do not specify this requirement as a condition of medical school acceptance.

In some cases, B/MD programs require students to take the MCAT and achieve a minimum score or to take the MCAT but do not specify a score requirement. 

Program NameMCAT Required?DegreesStateProgram LengthMinimum High School GPAUndergrad GPA RequirementMinimum Standardized Test Scores
University of Alabama/UAB School of MedicineYes, 506 minimum requiredBS/MDAL8 yearsNot provided3.6 (overall)
3.5 (math and science courses)
University of Arizona/College of Medicine – Tucson Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME)NoB/MDAZ7 years3.7
California Northstate University/CNU College of MedicineYes, 510 minimum requiredBS/MDCA7 to 8 yearsNot provided 3.5 
University of Colorado Denver/ University of Colorado School of Medicine (open to Colorado residents only)YesBS/MD
CO8 years3.53.5ACT 27
SAT 1185 (Evidenced-Based Reading, and Writing + Math)
University of Connecticut/ UConn School of Medicine Special Program in MedicineYes, minimum score in 80th percentile rank; no subtest scores below 55th percentile rankBS/MD
CT8 years3.53.6 
Florida Atlantic University/ The Schmidt College of MedicineNot SpecifiedBS/MDFL7 to 8 years4.3 (weighted)ACT 33
SAT 1490
Florida International University/  Herbert Wertheim College of MedicineNot SpecifiedBS/MDFL7 Years3.7 (unweighted)ACT 31
SAT 1350 (no section below 600)
Augusta University/Medical College of GeorgiaYesBS/MDGA7 to 8 yearsNot provided3.4-3.7 (varies by program year)ACT 32
SAT 1450
University of Illinois Chicago Guaranteed Professional Program (open to IL residents only)Yes, minimum score must be comparable to mean MCAT scores for traditional applicants (historically 513)BS/MD
IL 8 yearsNot provided3.6ACT 28 (recommended, not required)
SAT 1310 (recommended, not required)
Indiana State University/Indiana University School of Medicine (open to residents of rural Indiana only)Yes, minimum score must meet the mean score of the previous year’s matriculantsB/MDIN8 years3.53.5ACT 27
SAT 1270 (Evidenced-Based Reading, and Writing + Math)
University of Evansville/IU School of Medicine Evansville (open to IN residents only)Yes, minimum score must meet the mean score of the previous year’s matriculantsB/MDIN8 years4.03.5ACT 29
SAT 1350
Grambling State University/Meharry Medical College (open to economically or educationally disadvantaged Black/African-American students only)Yes, score must meet the current minimum MCAT score (changes yearly) and no section may be less than 122BS/MDLA/TN (undergraduate in LA; medical program in TN)7 to 8 years3.25 (no grade under “C” in science courses)3.25 
Wayne State University/ Wayne State School of MedicineYes, score must be no less than the 70th percentileBA/MD
MI8 years3.53.5ACT 28
SAT 1310
Missouri Southern State University/Kansas City University (called an EAP but functions as a BS/DO program)NoBS/DOMO7 years3.7 (overall, cumulative unweighted)
3.5 (math and science, cumulative unweighted)
ACT 28 (22 math)
SAT 1310 (540 math)
St. Louis University/SLU School of Medicine (does not offer guaranteed admission to the school of medicine but does increase chances of acceptance)YesMO8 yearsNot specified3.65 (including a 3.65 math/science GPA) 
University of Missouri-Kansas City/UMKC School of MedicineNoBA/MDMO6 yearsNot specified (average of accepted BA/MD students is 3.9 unweighted) ACT 24
SAT 1160
Writing sections not considered for either exam
Caldwell University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolYes, students must receive a competitive score (determined by medical program)BS/MDNJ7 years3.53.5SAT 1470
Caldwell University/St. George’s UniversityYes, students must receive a competitive score (determined by medical program)BS/MDNJ7 years3.53.4SAT 1270
The College of New Jersey/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolYes, no minimum score requiredBS/MDNJ7 years3.8 (unweighted)3.5ACT 34
SAT 1400 (Evidence-Based Reading and Math sections only; no super scores)
Drew University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolYes, no minimum score requiredBA/MD
NJ 7 years3.8 (unweighted)3.4 (B- or higher required for all pre-medical courses)ACT 34
SAT 1500 (Critical Ready and Math only)
Monmouth University/St. George’s University School of MedicineYes, minimum score is requiredBS/MDNJ8 years3.4ACT 30
Montclair University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (open to financially and/or educationally disadvantaged residents of NJ only)Yes, students must receive a competitive scoreBS/MDNJ8 years3.0 (B average overall and in science/math)3.5 overall
3.0 in all science courses required for medical program entry
ACT scores not considered
SAT 1100 (at least 550 on both Evidenced-Based Reading, and Writing + Math)
New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolYes, no minimum score requiredBS/MDNJ7 yearsNot specified3.5 overall
3.0 in all science courses required for medical program entry
ACT 33
SAT 1490
No super-scores considered
Rowan University/Cooper Medical SchoolYes, minimum score required (exact requirement is provided to students by spring of sophomore year)BS/MD
BS/DO (available to international applicants)
NJ7 years3.5 (unweighted) 3.6ACT score equivalent to SAT requirement (super-scores are accepted)
SAT 1350 (Math & Critical Reading sections)
Rutgers University/Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolYes, but score is not used to determine admissionBA/MDNJ7 yearsNone3.5 overall
3.0 in all science courses required for medical program entry
ACT 32
SAT 1400 (Critical Reading and Math)
University of New Mexico School/ University of New Mexico School of Medicine (open to NM residents or Navajo National tribal members only)Yes, minimum score requiredBA/MDNM8 yearsNot specified ACT – Math 22, Reading 19, Science 19, English 19
SAT – Math 540, Reading 410
Brooklyn College/SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Coordinated BA-MD ProgramYes, 509 minimum score required (specific section requirements may vary yearly)BA/MDNY8 yearsNot specified 3.5 (including a 3.5 science GPA) 
The City University of New York/CUNY School of MedicineNot specifiedBS/MDNY7 yearsNot specified  
Hofstra University/Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine (for underrepresented in medicine (URM) and economically disadvantaged pre-med students)Yes, a score equivalent to the 80th percentile at the first sitting must be achievedBS/MD
NY8 years3.7 (unweighted)3.6 (including 3.6 science GPA with no grade lower than a B in science courses)ACT 32
SAT 1410 (Evidenced-Based Reading, and Writing + Math)
Casper exam required
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Albany Medical CollegeNoBS/MDNY7 years3.5ACT (No minimum)
SAT (No minimum)
Siena College/Albany Medical CollegeNoBA/MDNY8 yearsNone (must be in top 10% of graduating class) ACT 30
SAT 1360
St. Bonaventure University/George Washington University School of Medicine Dual Admittance ProgramYesBS/MD
NY8 years90% or higher (3.6-3.7 unweighted)3.6 (math/science courses)
B- or higher in all courses
ACT 30
SAT 1390 (Evidenced-Based Reading, and Writing + Math)
Stony Brook University Scholars for Medicine ProgramYes, minimum score requiredB/MDNY8 yearsNone (successful applicants average 98-99%)3.2 (science)
3.4 (cumulative)
ACT 35 (recommended, not required)
SAT 1490 (recommended, not required)
Union College/Albany Medical College Leadership in Medicine (LIM)NoBS/MD
MS or MBA also included
NY8 yearsNot specified (must rank near the top of your graduating class) 3.5 (may not receive a C in more than a single course; a single D or F may lead to dismissal)ACT 30
SAT 1410
University of Rochester/ University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Early Medical Scholars (REMS)NoBS/MD
NY8 yearsNone (strong applicants typically have a 3.95 unweighted GPA and are in the top 3% of their graduating class) None (standardized test scores may be submitted, but are not required)
Case Western Reserve University/Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine Pre-Professional Scholars ProgramNo, and if you choose to take it, your score must be above the 94th percentileB/MDOH8 yearsNot provided  
University of Cincinnati/University of Cincinnati School of Medicine ConnectionsYes, minimum score requiredBS/MDOH8 yearsNone3.5 (cumulative)
3.5 (BCPM)
ACT 27
SAT 1270 (excluding writing portion; super-scores not considered)
University of Toledo/University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (guaranteed medical school interview if requirements are met; not a guaranteed acceptance)Yes, a score in the 65th percentile or greater guarantees an interviewB/MDOH7, 8, or 9 years3.83.7 with MCAT score requirement guarantees an interviewACT 30
SAT 1410
The University of Oklahoma/ University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Medical Humanities Scholars Program (MHSP)Yes, a score equal to or higher than the average of the previous year’s incoming medical school class (approx. 509)BA/MDOK7 to 8 yearsNone (evaluated on the basis of ‘very high overall academic achievement’)Must be equal to or higher than the average GPA of the previous year’s incoming medical school class (approx. 3.72)None (evaluated on the basis of ‘very high overall academic achievement’)
University of Tulsa/ University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Early Careers in Medicine (ECM)Yes, minimum score must meet the average of incoming medical school class (approx. 510)B/MD*
*Students must also choose a minor
OK8 years4.0 (weighted), OR rank in the top 5% of the graduating class4.0ACT or SAT must be submitted, no minimum requirement (successful applicants typically score in the top 5%)
Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine (called an EAP but functions as a BS/MD program)Yes, a score of 511 or a total of 513 with no section score less than 127BS/MD
PA8 years3.5 (weighted)3.6 (cumulative)
3.6 (BCPM)
No grades less than a C; repeated courses not allowed
ACT 32
SAT 1420
Penn State/Sidney Kimmel Medical College Accelerated Pre-Medical ProgramYes, 508 minimum required with no less than 126 in CARS and no less than 127 in all other sectionsBS/MDPA7 yearsNot specified (“strong GPA” required) 3.5ACT or SAT must be submitted, no minimum requirement (successful applicants typically score SAT 1570 or ACT 36; super-scores not considered)
Temple University/Lewis Katz School of MedicineYes, minimum 509 required with no section less than 126BA/MDPA7 years (Health Scholars Program)
8 years (BA/MD Program)
3.8 (Health Scholars Program)
None (BA/MD Program)
3.6 (cumulative)
3.6 (science)
ACT 31
SAT 1350
University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP)Only required if student is accepted without an SAT or ACT score, score is used for advising (not admission) purposesB/MDPA8 yearsNot specified (must earn the ‘highest grade point average available’)3.75 (cumulative)
3.75 (BCPM)
ACT 34
SAT 1490
Brown University/Warren Alpert Medical School Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)NoB/MDRI8 yearsNone (applicants with a GPA under 3.0 are unlikely to gain acceptance)None (holistic competency requirements are used instead)None (but students are encouraged to take advantage of AP/Honors courses in HS)
Baylor University/Baylor College of Medicine Baylor2Baylor Medical Track ProgramYes, minimum 501-507 score required with no section under 125B/MDTX8 years3.7 (unweighted), OR in the top 5% of the graduating class3.5ACT 32
SAT 1430
Scores must be submitted, but these are recommended, not required, score minimums
Texas Tech University/ Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative (UMSI) (open to TX residents only)NoB/MDTX8 yearsNone, preference given to students ranking in the top 10% of their high school class3.7 (cumulative)
3.6 (science)
No science courses with less than a B are accepted, but a course may be retaken
ACT 30
SAT 1360
George Washington University/GW School of Medicine and Health SciencesNo, but an MCAT practice exam score is requiredBA/MDWashington, D.C.7 years3.6 (cumulative)
No score of C or below in any science courses
ACT or SAT score must be in the top 10% of test-takers
Howard University College of MedicineYes, 504 minimum requiredBS/MDWashington, D.C.6 years3.53.5 (overall)
3.25 (science)
ACT 28
SAT 1300 (at least 650 in each section)

The Top 8 Baccalaureate/MD Programs in the US

1. Brown University

The Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) is an eight-year program that integrates undergraduate and medical school education. Brown is the only Ivy League school that offers an MCAT-free path to their medical school, The Warren Alpert Medical School.

Students pursuing the PLME can specialize in either sciences or humanities, with the program encouraging the pursuit of honors or advanced placements. Brown has adopted a holistic model for application and competency requirements, which means the requirements for a specific GPA, SAT, ACT or MCAT score are all waived.

2. Case Western Reserve University

The Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine at Case Western provides conditional commitments of admission to 15-20 high school seniors each year. The entire program involves eight years of study. 

Pre-Professional Scholars are expected to meet specific GPA requirements and excel in personal and professional development. Successful completion leads to admission to the University Program of the School of Medicine.

3. Baylor University

Together with the Baylor College of Medicine, high-performing high school students can apply for the Baylor2 Medical Track. This program is one of several medical track programs that Baylor University offers for high-performing high school students. 

With more efficient medical studies, it reduces the traditional pre-med route from eight years to seven. As of 2024, the MCAT is now required for medical school matriculation (although the minimum score is much lower than similar programs).

Baylor2 for medical students is highly competitive, requiring strong academic records and a demonstrated commitment to the medical field. Only six students are accepted to this track each year.

4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute partners with Albany Medical College to offer the Rensselaer Med Program, a combined BS/MD path for future physician-scientists. This accelerated program spans seven years, where students spend three years at Rensselaer for undergraduate studies and then four years at Albany Medical College for the MD portion.

This program has a strong focus on innovation and technology and suits those interested in the intersection of medicine and engineering. 

In the Rensselaer Med Program, the MCAT requirement is waived, but students must maintain a strong GPA and demonstrate a commitment to the medical profession during their undergraduate studies.

5. University of Missouri 

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) offers the only accelerated six-year BA/MD program in the US. Partnering with the University of Missouri School of Medicine, this program allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Medicine degree in record time.

For the first two years, students take undergrad courses with a pre-med focus at Mizzou before moving on to four years of professional study in the School of Medicine. 

Admission into this program is highly selective, with candidates expected to show not only high academic achievements but also a passion for the medical profession.

6. University of Rochester

The University of Rochester offers a unique BS/MD program through its Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS). This eight-year program integrates a robust undergraduate education with a comprehensive medical curriculum at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. 

Accepted students spend their first four years completing an undergraduate degree in any field of their choice at the university. Following undergrad is four years of intensive study at the School of Medicine.

Candidates must demonstrate excellent academics, a passion for medicine, extracurricular activities, and leadership capabilities to be considered during the admissions process.

7. George Washington University

George Washington University’s Dual BA/MD program is a seven-year educational program for a select group of highly qualified applicants. Students spend three years at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences followed by four years at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional academic record, a 90th percentile or higher high school GPA, and a demonstrated passion for healthcare through extracurricular experiences. 

Although an official MCAT score is not required, this path does require a practice MCAT test score to be submitted. 

8. Grambling State University

Just one program offers this unique opportunity to only Black/African-American students interested in pursuing medicine: Grambling State University’s BS/MD Program. Applicants must show that they are economically or educationally disadvantaged to be eligible.

Upon successfully completing their BS degree at Grambling in Louisiana, students in this program will attend Meharry Medical College in the heart of Nashville, TN for their MD.

No standardized test scores are required for application to this BS/MD program. Students must get a minimum MCAT score to successfully transfer to Meharry, but the requirement is adjusted regularly to meet current standards.

Wondering where your scores would be if you took the MCAT today? MedSchoolCoach offers a free practice exam to gauge your performance and future study needs.

Early Assurance Programs 

Early Assurance Programs (EAPs) provide an opportunity for students to secure a spot in a partner medical school during their second year of undergraduate studies. 

Applicants may only apply to one program at a time but gain the benefit of not taking the MCAT if accepted. If they are accepted, students may decline entrance to the chosen program.

Note: Some EAPs now have an MCAT requirement or are introducing one in the near future.

The aim of these programs is to allow students to focus on their undergraduate studies and deepen their learning experiences. These programs often look for applicants with a commitment to extracurricular activities, especially those related to medicine.

All EAPs operate differently and have their own eligibility requirements. What sets them apart from baccalaureate MD programs is that early assurance programs:

  • Require students already be enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university
  • May or may not require applicants to be accepted to any specific undergraduate program (some only accept applicants from their linked school or a short list of partner schools)

You apply to EAPs after being accepted and/or attending an undergraduate institution. Baccalaureate-MD programs, on the other hand, require students to apply as part of their undergraduate application process, accept applicants to their undergraduate institution, and offer provisional acceptance to the school of medicine at the same time.

All EAPs in the United States

Below is a list of each of the 19 EAPs available to students in the United States. Of these, 12 do not require the MCAT.

ProgramEligible ApplicantsState
University of South Alabama College of MedicineAll med school applicants (preference given to Alabama residents and students residing in the service areas of Mississippi and Florida) with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; minimum ACT/SAT requirements vary by in- or out-of-state classification; must score at least 504 on the MCATAL
UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Thomas Haider Early Assurance ProgramUC Riverside undergraduate students or recent graduates with a 3.4 cumulative and BCPM GPACA
University of Florida Medical Honors ProgramAll med school applicants who have completed their second year with a 3.9 cumulative and BCPM GPA; SAT of 1400 or ACT of 32 is also requiredFL
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramAll Northwestern undergraduate studentsIL
University of Chicago Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramAll Loyola University Chicago undergraduate students with a 3.5 cumulative and GPA; must score at least 507 on the MCATIL
University of Kentucky Early Assurance ProgramSophomores at one of the UK College of Medicine EAP partner universities with a cumulative and BCPM 3.6 GPA who wish to practice medicine in KentuckyKY
Boston University Early Medical School Selection ProgramAll med school applicants, with a focus on Black, Brown, Latino, and Pacific Islander student representation; must take the MCAT (no minimum score specified)MA
Tufts University School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramSophomores at Tufts University (traditional MD program) or sophomores at Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, and all University of Maine campuses (Maine track only); waived MCAT applies to students accepted to this program prior to the 2027/28 academic year and will be required afterwardsMA
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Early Assurance ProgramJunior pre-med students at Michigan State University partner schools with preference given to first-generation college students and those with financial disadvantages; must have a minimum and BCPM GPA of 3.0 and score at least 500 on the MCAT with no subscores under 125MI
Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramECU Honors College applicants who are legal NC residents; must maintain 3.5 overall and science GPANC
Wake Forest School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramWake Forest University undergraduates who have completed sophomore year; must maintain 3.5 overall and science GPA and score the School of Medicine’s minimum MCAT requirementNC
Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramDartmouth University juniorsNH
Albany Medical College Early Assurance ProgramUnion College undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year; must maintain a 3.5 overall and BCPM GPA and have an ACT score of 31 or SAT score of 1400NY
The FlexMed Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiAll med school applicants entering their second full-time year of college; must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA and have an ACT or SAT score availableNY
The University of Rochester School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramAll sophomore med school applicants at Spelman College with a 3.6 cumulative GPANY
University of Toledo Medstart ProgramAll incoming junior med school applicants at a US college or university with a 3.7 cumulative and 3.5 science GPA; must have ACT/SAT scores to submit (ACT 30 or SAT 1350 are strongly recommended)OH
Penn State College of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramSecond-year Penn State Behrend students with a cumulative 3.6 GPA and SAT score of 1360; must take the MCAT and perform at or above the mean score of the previous entering classPA
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramStudents enrolled at Temple University, Washington & Jefferson College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, or Muhlenberg College with a 3.6 overall and science GPA; must sit for the MCAT (no minimum score specified)PA
Georgetown University School of Medicine Early Assurance ProgramFourth-semester Georgetown University pre-med students; must maintain a 3.6 overall and BCPM GPAWashington, D.C.

The Top 4 Early Assurance Programs (EAPs) in the United States

1. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s FlexMed Program

This program allows college sophomores from any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to their School of Medicine. The FlexMed program aims to attract future physicians with an interest in human rights and social justice.

2. University of Florida Junior Honors Medical Program 

Students apply for this medical honors program in their second year of undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. If accepted, they’ll spend the next two years completing their bachelor’s degree while also fulfilling medical school prerequisite coursework.

Once they’ve completed their bachelor’s degree, students then transition to the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Here students will also participate in clinical experiences, community service, research opportunities, and professional development, all under the mentorship of faculty and practicing physicians.

3. Georgetown University School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

At the end of sophomore year, Georgetown’s students become eligible to apply for Georgetown’s EAP, regardless of their major. Students must have completed specific coursework with a high GPA, but no MCAT is required.

4. University of Toledo — MedStart Program 

The MedStart Program is designed to accept a select group of talented students into the College of Medicine and Life Sciences during their second year of undergraduate studies.

One distinct feature of this program is its focus on cultivating physicians who are dedicated to addressing healthcare disparities in underserved communities. 

They encourage applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and have a clear vision of how they plan to make a significant impact in the medical field.

Empowering HBCU and Female Students: Spelman College

Spelman College is an HBCU empowering women as they continue into the medical and dentistry fields. Spelman students have various pathways to medical school, allowing them to benefit from a liberal arts education while providing them with a direct route to a medical degree.

Medical schools that partner with Spelmen to offer dual degree programs and EAPs include: 

  • Boston University 
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Rochester
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • State University of New York Upstate College of Medicine
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Why International Medical School Is Not for Everybody

If you are a qualified applicant who has a good chance of getting into a US medical school, you should go that route. However, international medical school may be appropriate for three specific circumstances:

  • US students who plan to practice medicine in the country where they attend medical school
  • US students with low GPA and/or MCAT scores
  • Non-US students 

International medical graduates (IMGs) must typically complete residency in the States or restart residency if they wish to practice in the US. They also may have to repeat other parts of their medical education.

In May 2023, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a bill into law that makes Tennessee the only state that does not require IMGs to repeat residency to become licensed in the state. According to Stat News, other states are expected to follow Tennessee’s lead.

Prospective doctors who want to practice medicine in Tennessee may now consider an international medical school (including residency), many of which don’t require an MCAT score. In TN, physicians who studied abroad must still prove equivalent training, pass licensing exams, and otherwise be fully licensed in good standing to practice medicine.

Can I practice medicine in the US if I went to medical school in Canada? It’s possible to practice medicine in the United States if you go to a Canadian medical school. The easiest way to accomplish this is by completing a US-based residency.

However, there may be additional barriers, like visa requirements, to consider. Some physicians who went to medical school in Canada report that they felt like “second-tier” applicants in the Match. It may be more difficult to pass US licensing exams, as some of the terminology and areas of focus differ.

Can I Apply To Med School Without an MCAT Score?

Applying to medical school without an MCAT score is possible, but it requires careful planning, strong academic achievement, and a deep commitment to the field of medicine. Becoming a medical professional requires extensive knowledge, hands-on experience, and dedication to providing healthcare to those in need. 

You must choose to apply to dual-degree programs while you’re still in high school, and deadlines to apply to EAPs are very strict (and may also occur during your high school career). Applying to medical school outside of these options without an MCAT score can be tricky. 

Is it bad to apply to med school without an MCAT score? Your AMCAS can still be verified without an MCAT score, but schools that require this score will not review your application until it is added.

There are many reasons why you may be searching for schools that don’t require an MCAT score. Not everyone is a great test taker, but it is still in your best interest to at least try a practice test. After all, you’ll need to be well-versed in the topics on the MCAT to pursue a future in healthcare.

Will a low MCAT score affect my chances of getting into medical school? A low MCAT score can impact your chances of getting into medical school. The good news is that the test can be retaken, and there are other aspects of your application, like your personal statement and extracurricular activities, that can help you stand out.

What is the lowest MCAT score accepted into DO school? The lowest MCAT scores that will be accepted into a DO school depend on the school itself and the scores of the other applicants. In general, a 490 is the lowest acceptable MCAT score.

There is one DO school that will accept an alternative to the MCAT score. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will instead take your ACT/SAT scores and GPA to calculate an Academic Index Score

If you have your heart set on specific medical schools or want the ability to choose where you will study, it is in your best interest to start a study schedule for the MCAT. 

Preparing for Medical School in High School

Starting your medical journey early can be advantageous, and high school is a prime time to begin laying the groundwork for your future career in medicine. 

Here are some steps you can take during your high school years to prepare for a path toward medical school, particularly if you’re considering a BS/MD, BA/MD, or an Early Assurance Program:

  1. Academic preparation — Strive to achieve a high GPA and take AP) classes, particularly in science and mathematics.
  2. Standardized tests — Prepare for the ACTs and SATs to achieve high scores and increase your chances of admission.
  3. Extracurricular activities — Get involved in health-related extracurricular activities to showcase your dedication and commitment to the medical field.
  4. Shadowing and internships — Gain first-hand exposure to the medical field through shadowing doctors or pursuing healthcare internships. This experience demonstrates your seriousness about the profession.
  5. Develop a well-rounded skill set — Medicine is not solely about science; it’s about people. Skills such as communication, empathy, leadership, and teamwork are all important in the healthcare field. Participate in student government, sports teams, debate clubs, or community service.
  6. Seek guidance and mentorship — Advice and mentorship from professionals, such as guidance counselors, teachers, or even medical professionals can provide valuable insights into a future in healthcare.

By demonstrating academic excellence, dedication to healthcare, and a well-rounded skill set, you can increase your chances of gaining admission into a program that bypasses the MCAT and sets you on the path toward your dream career in medicine. 

For students that are still undecided in high school, you always have the opportunity to choose to pursue medical school at a later date and our friends at MedSchoolCoach can help you prepare.

Schedule a meeting with our enrollment team to see how we can help you boost your MCAT score. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a heavily weighted component of the application process for medical schools. It’s a comprehensive, standardized examination designed to assess problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts crucial to the study of medicine.

The MCAT tests basic knowledge and skill that medical students need to successfully complete their studies.

The MCAT is known for being a challenging and time-intensive undertaking, requiring months of diligent study time.

What are the average MCAT scores for students accepted to medical schools? 

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), average MCAT scores in the 2022-2023 academic year were:

  • 506.5 for all medical school applicants
  • 511.9 for matriculants (students accepted to medical school)

What is the difference between Early Assurance, Guaranteed Admission, and Early Decision Programs?

Early Assurance Programs (EAPs) allow students to apply to a single medical school before their first typical med school admissions cycle. In almost every case, EAPs are restricted to students invited by the institution to apply early assurance. EAPs may allow accepted students to go to school without taking the MCAT. These programs, like EDPs, are binding, and students may not apply to other schools while in an EAP application process.

Once accepted via early assurance, students often must follow a designated curriculum, frequently including summer courses.

Guaranteed Admissions Programs (GAPs) are similar to early assurance programs, but students apply earlier and must still meet minimum MCAT score requirements. Students must already have been accepted or attending the undergraduate institution but apply during freshman year rather than sophomore year (like EAPs) or junior year in the typical med school admissions cycle (like EDPs). Students accepted to a GAP may choose to attend a different MD or DO school if they change their mind.

Early Decision Programs (EDPs) are available at a much larger number of schools than EAPs or GAPs but still require students to take the MCAT to apply. Applying to an EDP is more binding than GAPs — students accepted via EDP must complete their medical education at that institution. Unlike EAPs, EDPs allow any student to apply for this consideration (they don’t need to be invited by the school first).

Does Northwestern University offer a dual-degree program?

Although they’re mentioned on most “best of” lists for BS/MD programs, Northwestern no longer has an active baccalaureate-MD program.

Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) was an accelerated seven-year BS/MD program culminating at the Feinberg School of Medicine. However, the university discontinued the HPME in 2020 with no plans to restart it.

Does SUNY offer a dual-degree program?

SUNY Update Medical University Norton College of Medicine used to partner with undergraduate schools for several baccalaureate-MD options. However, in November 2023, they discontinued all of these programs and informed 2023 applicants that these programs would be closed to new applications effective immediately.

This medical program still offers an Early Decision (ED) Program for students applying to medical school via AMCAS.

What medical schools in Texas do not require the MCAT? 

There are 2 medical schools in Texas that don’t require the MCAT, Baylor and Texas Tech.

The Texas Medical School application is unique, utilizing the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) instead of the more common AMCAS. TMDSAS is a unified system for Texas’s public medical, dental, and veterinary schools. It requires distinct essays and recommendations, and operates on a different timeline. Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the state’s commitment to innovative approaches in medical education, like the Joint Admissions Medical Program, and their state-of-the-art medical facilities.

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