Guaranteed Admission Program
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Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine)
VCU’s best-known Guaranteed Admission Program is for medicine. The M.D. degree through the School of Medicine offers a strong, innovative medical curriculum that emphasizes both academic study and compassionate patient care, preparing students for the challenges and complexities of medical practice.
Honors premedical students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine), which offers an opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) at the end of your sophomore year. Students who successfully meet all the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program may enter the School of Medicine without further competition.
Preview the application questions before filling out the online application.
- Graduate with University Honors.
- Submit their honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 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 with lab; general chemistry with lab; organic chemistry with lab; and physics with lab); transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
- Present a cumulative 3.5 GPA (based on all course work attempted) at the end of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semesters at VCU.
- Complete all prerequisites for admission to medical school (the MCAT is waived for students entering the GA program from high school prior to 2012).
- Students entering the Guaranteed Admission Program from high school in 2012 and onward will be required to complete the MCAT no later than August of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. Students must present a score of 26 or better overall, with no subscale score below a seven.
- 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 311)
- Biochemistry (BIOC 403)
- Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 309, CHEZ 309; taken in same semester)
- Immunology (BIOL 455)
- Biology of Cancer I (BIOL 450)
- Genetics (BIOL 310; Honors section only, beginning fall 2009)
*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 nine 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 course work 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 health care-related experience during each of the first three academic years and 60 additional hours to be completed during the fourth academic year (July 1-June 30). Although health care research is highly valued, the only health care-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
- Complete a one-semester 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 a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
- 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 consecutive days, you must notify the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative 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 School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions within five days of the registration.
- Complete an AMCAS application 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 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.
- Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine).
- Students who enter The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) through the Preferred Applicant Track must take the MCAT no later than August of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. Students must present a score of 26 or better overall, with no subscale score below a seven.