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Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine encourages application from all interested students, regardless of their area of academic study. To receive consideration for the admissions process, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. See the chart (below) for the minimum prerequisite course requirements.

Required Course

Laboratory Required

Length

General Biology I & II

Yes

1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)

General Chemistry I & II

Yes

1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)

Organic Chemistry I & II

Yes

1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)

General Physics I & II

No

1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)

Biochemistry*

No

1 semester or 2 quarters

*The biochemistry course should be at the 400 level. Students taking biochemistry at UNM may take ONE of the following class combinations to meet the biochemistry prerequisite requirement:

  • Biochemistry 423 ONLY
  • Both Biochemistry 445 and 446
  • Both Chemistry 421 and 425

Other Recommended Courses

Anatomy & Physiology

Molecular Genetics

Microbiology

Human Genetics

Immunology

Advanced Biochemistry

Developmental Biology

Psychology or Sociology


Pre-Med Coursework Documentation Form

All of the prerequisites, except for organic chemistry labs (both I and II) and biochemistry, must be completed prior to the submission of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application. The organic chemistry labs and biochemistry prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation. For accepted applicants, all prerequisite grades must be posted to the transcripts by June 30th of the matriculating year.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a letter grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable) and must be earned at colleges and universities recognized by one of the U.S. Regional Accrediting Agencies. Pass/Fail (CR/NC) grading is not accepted. Advance Placement credit will be accepted for introductory Biology, Chemistry or Physics ONLY if college credit was granted by the institute. College Level Examination Program credit will be accepted as long as the applicant has the sufficient number of semester hours to fulfill the required prerequisites.

Foreign national applicants who would like to be considered for admission to the UNM School of Medicine are expected to have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited college or university in the United States, and to have all the same required course prerequisites.

Online Coursework

It is NOT recommended that any of the required prerequisite courses be taken through an online course. Applicants are allowed to take a maximum of TWO required, prerequisite lecture courses online. Labs taken online will not be accepted for any of the required prerequisite labs.

Accreditation

All prerequisite coursework must be earned at colleges and universities recognized by one of the U.S. Regional Accrediting Agencies:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)