Schools of medicine have relatively similar minimal requirements for admission. Generally, these requirements include completion of specified courses in English, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics; completion of a baccalaureate degree; and scores from the nationally administered Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
The premedical curriculum meets only minimal requirements for admission to the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi and to other medical schools. Premedical students do not receive a degree in “pre-med.” Rather, as they follow a premedical curriculum, they work toward completing a baccalaureate degree in the major field of their choice. Students usually take the MCAT the spring of the junior year and apply to medical school the following summer.
Exceptional students with as few as 90 semester hours’ credit, who otherwise meet admissions criteria, occasionally may be admitted to medical school; however, strong preference is given to students who will have completed all requirements for the baccalaureate degree before entering medical school.