Application 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)

Academics

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. A science GPA of 3.2 is required to be reviewed by admissions. Post-baccalaureate and graduate GPA will also be reviewed to meet this requirement.

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 507.

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.

CASPer

All applicants to the Doctor of Medicine program at Wake Forest School of Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for 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 computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors. 

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com , and select 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) 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. 

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 is comprised of 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. 

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. 

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).