ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Admission standards are high. Equally important as scholarly excellence are applicants’ demonstration of The Four C’s: compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity.

 

Undergraduate Study


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. No single major is preferred.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)


Applicants must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to application consideration. This is used as a component in a holistic evaluation of an applicant to ensure they have the appropriate competencies to succeed in our unique curriculum.

Suggested Experience


Future applicants should have strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, mathematics/statistics, physics and social sciences.

A competitive applicant who will be more likely to succeed in our curriculum will also have some experience in:

  • computer programming and languages
  • coding
  • modeling and/or data sciences
  • healthcare settings

and will demonstrate:

  • strong interpersonal communication
  • service
  • leadership skills
  • Innovation, design, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, or industrial experience in medical or related settings is a plus.

Suggested Courses and Labs


Competency in the areas listed above will most likely be met through courses taken during undergraduate education. The following list of courses would provide the appropriate background. We recognize that other course formats or combinations can also provide equivalent preparation. Our unique curriculum includes significant quantitative analyses; therefore, the necessary quantitative background goes beyond that gained in the typical premedical curriculum.

Applicants may demonstrate competence through the following suggested courses and labs:

  • General/Organic Chemistry with Lab (3 semesters)
  • Biochemistry (1 semester)
  • Biology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Physiology, Systems Biology or other advanced biology course (1 semester)
  • Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Humanities/Social Science course work as defined by the undergraduate major
  • Calculus (2 semesters)
  • Statistics (1 semester)
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra

Citizenship


Currently, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be considered.

Carle Illinois is preliminarily accredited by the LCME. We are currently seeking approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Approval from the HLC is pending and not guaranteed. Additional information about the HLC can be found at https://www.hlcommission.org/. Direct specific questions to: admissions@medicine.illinois.edu.