Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine: Requirements
In order to retain membership in the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine, all Guaranteed Admission students MUST:
- Graduate with University Honors.
- Submit their Honors dossier by the stated deadline (October 1 for May graduation, April 1 for an August graduation and August 1 for a December graduation).
- Maintain a 3.5 GPA in prerequisite science courses taken at VCU (calculus, general biology w/lab, general chemistry w/lab, organic chemistry w/lab, and physics w/lab); transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
- Present a cumulative 3.5 GPA (based on all coursework attempted) at the end of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semesters at VCU.
- Complete all prerequisites for admission to medical school.
- Students are required to complete the MCAT no later than August of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. Students must earn a total score of 505 or better overall.
- While all students are encouraged to participate in the VCU School of Medicine Pre-Matriculation Program, students earning an MCAT score of 505 through 507 will be required to successfully complete the VCU School of Medicine Pre-Matriculation Program the summer of the year entering medical school.
- Complete the following core of courses:
Two semesters of calculus
Calculus-based physics (PHYS 207-208)
And four of the following nine courses*:
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 402)
Endocrinology (BIOL 524)
Population Genetics (BIOL 516/HGEN 516)
Animal Physiology (BIOL 411)
Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 309, CHEZ 309; taken in same semester)
Immunology (BIOL 455)
Biology of Cancer I (BIOL 450)
Biochemistry (CHEM 403)
Genetics (BIOL 310; Honors section only).
*Very occasionally, students majoring in disciplines other than biology may obtain permission from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs to substitute a course for one of the above six courses. Permission must be obtained prior to enrolling in a substitute course.
- Present a cumulative 3.4 GPA, with no grade below a C, in the “four of nine” courses (see above); GPA is calculated on the first four taken. Repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
- If you wish to take required coursework from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
- Complete a minimum of 120 hours of approved healthcare-related experience during each of the first three academic years (July 1-June 30) and 60 additional hours to be completed during the fourth academic year (July 1-May1).
- Complete a one-semester (60-hour) clinical mentorship with a faculty member from the VCU School of Medicine during the third year of undergraduate study, to be completed no later than the end of the sixth semester of undergraduate study.
- Complete 50 hours of non-clinical community service each year (July 1-June 30). A minimum of 16 hours must come from the fall semester, and a minimum of 16 hours must come from the spring semester.
- Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
- Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven (7) consecutive days, you must notify the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternate ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
- Register with AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for an AMCAS ID number by May 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. This number must be reported to the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs within five (5) business days of the registration.
- Complete an AMCAS application for VCU and submit it along with official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you’ve earned college credit. These materials must be submitted by June 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. You must also provide the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs documentation of your application within five (5) days of submission.
- Meet with the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of Honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
- Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs, and meet with the Director upon request.
- Meet with the School of Medicine Guaranteed Admission Program Faculty Liaison at least once a semester.
Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine, this will result in dismissal from the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine.