Academic Requirements and Technical Standards

The School of Medicine seeks future physicians who have mastered a broad science curriculum that includes the knowledge base and promotes the problem-solving skills required by the practice of medicine.

In addition, we seek applicants who have thoughtfully prepared to meet the social and emotional needs of patients by including in their formal education a rich exposure to the social sciences and humanities. For more in depth information, please see the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR)

At least 90 hours of college coursework is required to apply, and advanced placement (AP) and other credits are acceptable.

We welcome applicants from all majors and colleges with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation.  All applicants should demonstrate a high level of scholarship.   The Class of 2022 average GPA is 3.67 and MCAT total score is 512. 

While Wake Forest School of Medicine does not have specific required coursework, applicants should be able to demonstrate competence in each of the areas shown as reflected in their MCAT score. Applicants from non-science majors are strongly encouraged to complete a variety of science coursework to be a competitive applicant.   

Strongly recommended courses include:

  • Biology: introductory biology, molecular/cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience
  • Chemistry: biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry
  • Physics: introductory physics
  • Mathematics: algebra, statistics
  • Psychology: introductory psychology, behavioral psychology, abnormal psychology
  • Sociology: introductory sociology, coursework with a special emphasis on health disparities
  • Humanities: foreign language (especially Spanish), philosophy (especially medical ethics), literature


Applicants must take the MCAT. Applications will not be reviewed until MCAT scores are received. MCAT scores will only be accepted if the test was taken within three years of application.

You can review the average totals in the previous year’s class profile. It is strongly encouraged that applicants take the MCAT no more than twice. 

  • For the 2019 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2015.  
  • For the 2020 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2016.
  • For the 2021 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2017.

Technical Standards

Please see our current technical standards requirements (PDF).