Admission Requirements

With an education from the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, you’ll begin your career as a community-focused physician with four years of experience as a student in integrated patient care. Before you enroll at the School, you’ll need to fulfill certain academic requirements, including prerequisite courses, examinations, and standards for personal abilities.

However, know that your test scores and coursework will be reviewed in the context of your experiences, milestones, and personal attributes. We believe this holistic review process will not only help us form a multidimensional portrait of each applicant, but also recruit and admit a diverse, inclusive, and highly qualified class.

 Complete Prerequisites

Required Courses

You must complete several courses that build foundational knowledge in the physical, life, and social sciences, while developing your reading, writing, problem-solving, and communication skills.

  • Behavioral or Social Science (for example, anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, psychology, sociology): one-half academic year (one quarter or one semester)
  • General biology with laboratory: one academic year
  • General or Inorganic Chemistry, or equivalent, with laboratory: one academic year (three quarters or two semesters)
  • General physics with laboratory: one academic year
  • Humanities (for example, art, English, history, literature, philosophy): one-half academic year    

Recommended Courses

We also suggest completing the following if you are able.

  • Organic chemistry and biochemistry
  • Calculus 
  • Statistics
  • Population health, epidemiology, or other public health course
  • Language other than English (for example, Spanish, Mandarin, American Sign Language, etc.)

Advanced Placement (AP)

We accept AP credits if your undergraduate institution awarded them toward graduation and they appear on your official transcript.

Bachelor's Degree

You must hold a bachelor’s degree, in any area of study, from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada.

Students in other degree-granting programs may not apply to the School unless they’ll complete that degree before enrolling. Students who previously attended medical school or are transferring from another institution are also ineligible.

MCAT Exam

You must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three years of enrollment. Because our Admissions Committee weighs scores in the context of your other experiences and qualities, there is no minimum required score for admission.

You’ll submit MCAT scores as part of our Primary Application, completed through the American Medical College Application Service.

Read Our Technical Standards

To ensure that you are equipped to complete our program, we will ask you to sign a set of technical standards as you enter the School. Our Academic Bulletin explains these standards. They cover general functions, cognitive ability, social attributes, and more.