How to Apply
COVID-19 Update: In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine has carefully reviewed the requirements for admissions. So that no applicant is at a disadvantage during this time, the Admissions Committee has revised the course and MCAT requirements for upcoming application cycles as follows:
- We will accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework completed in Spring semester 2020.
- We will accept online coursework for prerequisite courses completed in both Spring and Summer 2020.
- Due to cancellation of the MCAT test dates in March, April, and May, an MCAT taken at any time during 2020 will be accepted.
As events unfold, we may post additional changes. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Your application is important to us and we want the process to be as simple and informative as possible.
For the M.D., you need to take the MCAT, the Medical College Admission Test, and apply to medical school through AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service. For the best fit, take time to research programs that are right for you. After the AMCAS applications are received at USA College of Medicine, you will be asked to prepare a second application for review by the Admissions Committee. Interviews are then scheduled so we can get to know you and you can learn about our medical school.
AMCAS begins accepting applications on June 1 of each year. Completed applications and all materials, including official transcripts, must be submitted to AMCAS no later than November 1. If the application is submitted after the deadline, the student must contact the school directly and obtain permission for AMCAS to process the application.
All U. S. citizens who apply and international applicants with permanent resident status will be sent a secondary application. The information and documentation that students furnish will provide the Admissions Committee with an opportunity to learn more about each candidate. A $75.00 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application form.
AMCAS offers a Fee Assistance Program (FAP) for students with documented need. Those students granted a fee waiver will automatically qualify for a secondary application fee waiver from the College of Medicine.
Since the medical profession needs individuals with a wide range of talents and academic backgrounds, both science and nonscience majors will be considered. Ninety (90) semester hours from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university are required, and a Baccalaureate degree is preferred. Regardless of major, the science courses selected to fulfill the minimum requirements should be designated for science or premed students.
Minimum requirements include:
- General Chemistry with Lab: Two semesters or three quarters.
- General Biology with Lab: Two semesters or three quarters.
- Mathematics (Calculus is recommended): Two semesters or three quarters.
- Organic Chemistry with Lab: Two semesters or three quarters.
- General Physics with Lab: Two semesters or three quarters.
- Humanities: Two semesters or three quarters.
- English Composition or Literature: Two semesters or three quarters.
Please note, while Biochemistry is not required, it is highly recommended and may take the place of Organic Chemistry II. Genetics, Psychology, and Computer Science are also recommended.
NOTE: U.S. Advanced Placement credits will be accepted with proper denotation on the undergraduate transcript.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must meet the following criteria:
- A composite evaluation prepared by the premedical committee of your undergraduate college is preferred.
- If your college has no such committee or system for providing a composite evaluation then you must submit:
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty who have taught you in the sciences - AND -
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from people who have known and observed you on a personal basis
- Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program must submit a letter of evaluation written by your major advisor or department chair containing the anticipated date of fulfilling your degree requirements. All coursework must be completed prior to entering medical school.
- If you are currently employed, we strongly encourage but do not require a letter of recommendation from your employer.
NOTE: All letters must be submitted to AMCAS.