Academic Prerequisites for Admission to WWAMI School of Medical Education

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The following premedical course requirements must be completed before matriculation and preferably before application. Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate courses must be completed at a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting body. Courses must include a minimum of:

Social Sciences / Humanities / "Human Condition"

4 semesters or 6 quarters

General types of courses that fulfill these requirements: anthropology, classics, cultural studies/cross cultural studies, English literature, ethics, foreign language literature, history, music appreciation, philosophy, religion/theology, sociology, study abroad
Not applicable social sciences, humanities, or “how to”:   English composition, English grammar, foreign language composition, foreign language grammar, journalism, leadership, music composition, music lessons, performance (dance, instrument, voice, etc.)

Chemistry & Biology

6 semesters or 9 quarters

The subject matter in these courses must include:

  • college-level chemistry & biology
  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • molecular genetics, and
  • cell biology/cell physiology

Applicants are not required to take courses with these specific titles.


Not applicable Chemistry and Biology:   biodiversity, botany, ecology, evolution, nutrition, environmental sciences, laboratory courses, research, courses taught by a department other than basic science (for example, courses taught by the nursing department and listed as NURS rather than BIO on your transcript)

Physics –OR–

2 semesters or 3 quarters

Physics PLUS
Calculus or Linear Algebra

1 semester or 2 quarters, PLUS
1 semester or 2 quarters

Not applicable Physics:   astronomy, atmospheric sciences, laboratory courses

The following courses are recommended, but not required:

  • Ethics
  • Anatomy or Comparative Anatomy
  • Human or Mammalian Physiology
  • Embryology

The biochemistry course for first-year medical students focuses on molecular mechanisms central to human health and disease. It is taught with the assumption that participants have already mastered the fundamentals of biochemistry, including molecular genetics, structure and activity of proteins, and metabolism. More Information

Courses completed internationally can be accepted to fulfill the prerequisites as long as they have been verified by a bona fide credentials evaluator. This service can be provided by such companies as Foundation for International Services, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, World Education Services, National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or Association of International Credential Evaluators.  The American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) will not verify your international transcripts. After submitting your AMCAS application, the UWSOM will need an original copy of your transcripts sent directly from the foreign institution, and a transcript evaluation from a bona fide credentials evaluator.

Under exceptional circumstances, some course requirements may be waived for individuals with unusual achievements and academic promise. All candidates should demonstrate substantial academic ability in their major field as well as in the required science courses. Candidates should be proficient in the use of the English language, basic mathematics, personal computing and information technologies.

All entrants in recent years have fulfilled requirements for a bachelor’s degree. No specific major is advised. A broad background in the humanities and liberal arts is encouraged.

UAA Courses which Fulfill Alaska WWAMI Prerequisites

  • Biology 115/L / 116/L
  • Chemistry 105/L / 106/L
  • Math 200
  • Physics 123L / 124L or 211/L / 212/L
  • Chemistry 321 / 322
  • Chemistry 323/L
  • Chemistry 441 / 442

UWSoM Course Requirements FAQs


Average grade point averages (GPA's) and MCAT scores of persons offered positions in the UWSoM / WWAMI entering class of 2010:

MCAT Subject Area
Mean Score

GPA Area
Mean GPA
Verbal Reasoning
Physical Science
Biological Sciences
Writing Sample
NOTE: Writing Sample scores are based on an
alphabetic scale of J (lowest) to T (highest).
Scores have been converted
to a numeric score of J=1 to T=11.
No significant statistical differences were found
between institutions or states.