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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSDegree Requirement
Baccalaureate Degree (B.A. or B.S.) - received no later than Spring semester 2009 (early May).
be considered for admission, we recommend that applicants have a
minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above; a strong
science GPA is preferred. Please be aware that ALL undergraduate
coursework is considered in your GPA calculation. Exceptions to this
policy are rare and at the discretion of the program, where offers to
attend the program originate, and the Graduate School Admissions
Committee, where final acceptance to the program is determined.
Advanced Placement and CLEP
does not accept advanced placement (AP) or CLEP in place of Human
Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biology, or Chemistry grades and credits.
• All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institute of higher learning in the United States.
• Prerequisite courses must be completed by early May of 2009 (due to the program start date of May 18, 2009).
• Must be taken for credit and a letter grade (AP, CLEP, pass/fail, and audited coursework is not accepted).
• Must be completed with grades of “C” or better (C minus is not accepted).
• Completion of degree and prerequisites prior to application deadline
is highly recommended and makes for a stronger, more competitive
• Applicants whose prerequisite coursework was completed more than 10
years ago are encouraged to consider retaking some or all prerequisite
10-year time limit on coursework has been waived. This new policy is
intended to enable applicants with an excess of paid medical experience
to apply. Applicants with coursework older than 10 years and without
medical experience are not apt to be among the stronger applicants.
!! All candidates offered interviews will be given a test of basic anatomy, physiology, and general medical knowledge. Study guides are not provided.
Human Anatomy - 4 semester credits
must be human – no other anatomy courses accepted
Human Physiology - 4 semester credits
must be human – no other physiology courses accepted
or combined Anatomy/Physiology I and II totaling 8 semester credits
Anatomy and Human Physiology courses must be taken from Biology,
Physiology, or Zoology department (those in Exercise/Sports Science or
Kinesiology are not accepted) and must be courses approved toward
credit for science majors.
Biology - 4 semester credits including labs
(Biology coursework with relationship to the human body. Intro,
General, Microbiology, Cell and Genetics are examples of acceptable
Chemistry - 8 semester credits including labs
(All Chemistry coursework is accepted, including Intro, General, Organic and Biochemistry)
No GRE is required
Medical Experience Recommendation
is highly recommended that an applicant have at least three years of
recent medically related experience, preferably with patient contact.
Paid medical experience is weighted more than volunteer experience in
the evaluation process.
Although the University of Utah doesn't require the GRE or many basic pre-reqs they do "highly recommended.... at least THREE years of... experience"! Which for some may be difficult to come up with, whereas others are patting themselves on the back for putting in all those hours at the local hospital. Good job guys!