Application Requirements and Technical Standards

**Academic Requirement changes were made effective with the 2021 application cycle.  In addition, changes due to COVID-19 are listed as well.  Both are reflected in the red text**


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)

Academics

At least 90 hours of college coursework is required to apply, and advanced placement (AP), P/F courses, 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 2023 average GPA is 3.67 and MCAT total score is 513. A minimum science/BCPM GPA of 3.2 is required to be reviewed by admissions. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate science/BCPM GPA of a 3.2 and have completed at least 15 hours of either post-baccalaureate or graduate science coursework with a 3.2 average at the time of AMCAS verification will be reviewed by the Dean of Admissions upon completion. There will be no negative impact for applicants who were required or elected to complete their coursework and/or labs online. In addition, Wake Forest School of Medicine will continue to accept pass/fail grades.

 

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

MCAT

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. The minimum MCAT required to be reviewed by admissions is a 502. It is strongly encouraged that applicants do not take the MCAT more than twice. The highest of the attempts are reviewed. 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. 

To accommodate the delay of MCAT testing, Wake Forest School of Medicine will send all applicants who submit primary AMCAS application a secondary application; however only those who meet our academic metrics (3.2 Science/BCPM GPA and a 502 MCAT) will be reviewed. It is in your best interest to review the required academic metrics and our class profile before making a decision on whether to return the secondary application. We also encourage you to submit your primary AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for your MCAT score to be available. If you submit your secondary application and secondary application fee prior to having an MCAT score, your application will go on hold until the MCAT score is received. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review will not be negatively impacted. Please update your new test date in the AAMC system and the information will automatically flow into our system. 

  • For the 2021 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2017.
  • For the 2022 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2018.

The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants applying to the Medical Doctor Program, at Wake Forest School of Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle.

CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account
creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Medicine test (CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your AAMC ID number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Wake Forest School of Medicine for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takeCASPer.com.

To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takeCASPer.com website.

The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
 
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.

Technical Standards

Please see our current technical standards requirements (PDF).


International Students

Applications for the MD Program are only accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. If the applicant’s undergraduate, premedical recommended course work has been done outside the U.S. or Canada, the applicant must complete some recommended coursework in the United States or Canada prior to applying.

Transfer Students

Wake Forest School of Medicine does not accept applicants for transfer or for admission with advanced standing (i.e., transfer students).