The University of Florida Medical School is part of a large health science center that includes biomedical research, several community health-care sites and a veterans medical center, all in urban, rural and suburban settings. The program strives to train students in a variety of clinical presentations and to foster a sense of community outreach. The medical school says that admissions are competitive, and students must take a number of prerequisite courses and meet academic standards to be admitted.

Prerequisite Courses

Students who apply for regular admissions must have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution. Though students do not have to complete a specific major, they do have to complete specific courses while completing their undergraduate degree. These include eight credit-hours of biology with labs, eight credit-hours of general chemistry with labs, four credit-hours of organic chemistry with a lab, three or four credit-hours of biochemistry and eight semester-hours of physics with labs. The admissions committee recommends taking an additional credit-hour of lab with biochemistry if it is offered. Courses in genetics, microbiology and physiology are also recommended. No specific GPA is required, but students with the most impressive academic credentials will have the best chance of being admitted. The average GPA of admitted students in the sciences is 3.72.

Medical College Admission Test

All applicants to the UF College of Medicine must take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. There is no minimum MCAT score required for admission, but the average score for admitted students is 31.75. The maximum score possible is 45. Students must take the MCAT in time for their scores to be sent by the admissions deadline. The test must also be taken within three years of the first day of classes.

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Healthcare Experience

Students are heavily evaluated on the amount of experience they have in the healthcare industry, including professional and volunteer experience. Though there is no specific number of hours required, the admissions committee says that students need as much hands-on patient experience as they can get, preferably over a long period of time. Community service and working with underserved populations is seen favorably.

Additional Requirements

Students are evaluated on a number of other factors that are required in the application, including a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities. Up to 10 letters of recommendation are accepted, including two concerning science coursework, one from non-science coursework and two concerning character. Students who are invited for an interview are required to attend the interview in order to move forward in the admissions process. Each applicant has two interviews, each with a different member of the admissions committee. All admitted students are also required to have access to a computer where they live.

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