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Medical/Health Profession School Requirements

There is no required major for admission to medical/health profession schools; however, some schools require that applicants complete certain courses prior to admission. The MIT Committee on Prehealth Advising has provided the MIT Prehealth Recommended Course List, which identifies MIT courses that should fulfill these prerequisites.

Since medical and health profession school prerequisites vary from program to program, it is best to refer to admission requirement guides and the individual schools' websites.


  • MIT Prehealth Recommended Course List and FAQs
    The MIT Prehealth Recommended Course list is based on feedback from medical and health profession schools, information in admission requirements books, and guidance from MIT faculty.  Included in this course list are answers to FAQs related to course work and the MCAT.
  • Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
    The MSAR provides information about each medical school's specific academic prerequisites, as well as application procedures and deadlines and selection factors such as MCAT and GPA.
  • AAMC Member Medical School Directory
    The Medical School Directory has information on the U.S. and Canadian AAMC-member medical schools.
  • MIT's Prehealth Course Planning Guide
    The MIT Prehealth Course Planning Guide suggests first year course schedules for freshmen.  Since each student's situation is different and varies based on AP credit as well as learning preferences, be sure to consult with your Freshmen Advisor about your scheduling strategy and review the course options listed on MIT's Premedical Recommended Course List.


GPA is a critical admission criterion. Schools view your previous academic work as evidence of your readiness for graduate study.  Therefore, it is important to take courses in the relevant sciences and aim to maintain a 4.5/5.0 or greater GPA. Keep in mind that your GPA is considered in the context of other factors such as school attended, choice of major, difficulty of classes taken, grade inflation (or lack of).  It's also important to note that that academic challenges experienced during college can be rectified and should not necessarily discourage you from pursuing your goal.

It is wise to take a manageable course load while balancing extra curricular activities in order to maintain a good GPA. Students should attempt to complete prerequisite while at MIT, though it is possible to complete prerequisites and improve your academic credentials post-grad through a formal post-bac program or by taking courses at an accreditted 4-year college or university.

Standardized tests

Standardized tests such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT) measure the strength of your knowledge on relevant topics and gauge your critical reasoning skills. Standardized tests provide an objective score that, in combination with your GPA, is used to determine your readiness for graduate study. 

For more information please visit the AAMC MCAT website or the DAT Examinee Guide.