- Basic sciences: WCMC requires two semesters, or their equivalent, in biology, chemistry, and physics. These will typically be comprehensive introductory courses with laboratory. In biology, coursework will typically include molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics.
- Organic chemistry: We recommend two semesters of organic chemistry, but we accept one semester of organic chemistry, with lab, and one semester of other advanced biology or chemistry coursework. Examples include biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytic chemistry, and molecular genetics.
- Writing-intensive courses: WCMC requires two semesters of writing-intensive courses, one in the humanities or social sciences (e.g., history, philosophy, anthropology), and one focusing on English-language literature.
- Laboratory coursework: In some instances, actual laboratory work experience may substitute for laboratory courses.
- Integrated science courses that include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematical aspects of life sciences, may be substituted for coursework in the three basic science areas on a credit-hour-by-hour basis. These courses should be rigorous, and competency in basic science content must be corroborated by achievement in other areas such as advanced science courses, research, and/or MCAT scores.
- Breadth of study: WCMC strongly encourages applicants to undertake study in a broad range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, beyond the minimal requirements for admission. Of particular value in the modern practice of medicine are statistics, ethics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and management skills.
- Depth of study: WCMC strongly encourages applicants to undertake study at an advanced, in-depth level in at least one discipline, beyond the minimal requirements for admission and the course requirements for their major.
- Validity of courses. To fulfill an admissions requirement, courses must have been satisfactorily completed within 10 years of application. We recommend that one or more advanced science course(s) be completed within 5 years of application. All premedical required course work should be completed by January 31 of the year for which admission is sought.
- Advanced Placement credit. AP credit from high school can be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement in physics. AP credit in other areas cannot be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement. If a student has AP credit in an area other than physics, the student fulfills the WCMC requirement by completing advanced science coursework.
- The minimum grade in any course to fulfill a WCMC admissions requirement is "C."
- Mathematics. WCMC does not require courses in mathematics but recommends coursework in calculus and statistics.
- On-line courses. In general, courses taken on-line will not be accepted to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. Exceptions can be considered on a case-by-case basis. In these instances, the applicant should provide evidence that the coursework is rigorous.
- Distance learning. In general, courses taken as "distance learning" will not be accepted to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. Exceptions can be considered on a case-by-case basis. In these instances, the applicant should provide evidence that the coursework is rigorous.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP.) In general, scores on CLEP examinations may not be used to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. Exceptions can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Courses taken outside the US and Canada. These can be used to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. In this event, we encourage applicants to undertake additional coursework in the United States.
- Foreign language. WCMC encourages applicants to develop skills, and if possible proficiency, in a second language.
WCMC places a premium on diversity among fields of study, depth of academic exploration, and enriching life experiences. Many of our students have majored in liberal arts, and many have taken time between college and medical school. We recommend that students who have not majored in basic sciences take at least two terms of biological science beyond the introductory level.
While most WCMC students will have completed undergraduate bachelor degrees before matriculating at the medical school, an undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for acceptance or matriculation.