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Academic Requirements


FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has set forth minimum academic requirements and developed a list of required and recommended coursework for applicants to HWCOM.

Please check the MSAR for further details.

HWCOM course requirements and recommendations are similar to those required by other institutions.

  • General Biology with laboratory:
    2 semesters
  • General Chemistry with laboratory:
    2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratory:
    2 semesters
  • Physics with laboratory:
    2 semesters
  • Mathematics:
    2 semesters of College Mathematics
  • College English:
    2 semesters
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written English

A bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree is required for all students attending HWCOM. All coursework must be completed in a satisfactory manner in an educational institution located in the United States or Canada, approved by a regional accrediting body, and listed in the current Education Directory of the U.S. Office of Education.

Applicants with baccalaureate degrees from accredited non-U.S. institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To provide reasonable grade compatibility with their peers, these applicants must, at a minimum, have taken all required courses for admission to HWCOM, regardless of prior foreign academic history, at an educational institution located in the United States or Canada, approved by a regional accrediting body, and listed in the current Education Directory of the U.S. Office of Education.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course requirements listed above. Online courses for prerequisites may be accepted on a case-by-case basis (labs should be taken on campus). Advanced Placement (AP) credits or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits for English, Biology, Math, Physics, and General Chemistry are acceptable if they appear on college transcripts and are verified by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). However, in these instances, graded advanced courses in these areas are highly recommended.

HWCOM has identified several additional courses, including some outside of the fields of mathematics, physical sciences, and life sciences that are recommended but not required for admission to medical school. The recommended courses would be helpful in developing a base for the medical school curriculum.

A summary table is presented below:
Course

Required

Recommended

Lab

Hours

College English

X

 

2 semesters

College Mathematics:

X

 

2 semesters

General Biology

X

 

X

2 semesters

General Chemistry

X

 

X

2 semesters

Organic Chemistry

X

 

X

2 semesters

Physics

X

 

X

2 semesters

Statistics

 

X

Biochemistry

 

X

Cell Biology

 

X

Foreign Languages

 

X

 

Genetics

 

X

 

Humanities

 

X

 

Immunology

 

X

 

Microbiology

 

X

 

Physiology

 

X

 

Social Sciences

 

X