General Information

To apply to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, you must submit an application to our school with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). If your application meets our minimum qualifications, we will extend you a secondary application. After your secondary application is completed, we may invite you to campus for an admissions interview. Our Admissions Committee makes final admissions decisions on applications between October and March.

Applicants for admission to the M.D. program must be citizens or documented permanent residents of the United States or have asylum status.  Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree or be currently enrolled with expectation of receiving the degree prior to enrollment.

Transfer students:  we currently do NOT accept transfer applications.

Early Admission:  we currently do NOT offer an early admission program.

B.A./M.D.:  we currently do NOT offer a joint B.A./M.D. program.

Reapplicants: Applicants may only apply for three successive years and no more than four times total.  If you plan to reapply, you may schedule an appointment with our admissions staff to discuss your application before you re-submit your AMCAS application. Allow enough time before you reapply to act on the advice given and develop a plan.

Course Requirements

Prospective students must have earned college credit in the following courses:

  • Biology: 1 year introductory course(s) with lab and 1 advanced course. Recommended advanced courses include biochemistry, molecular & cell biology, human physiology, genetics, microbiology.
  • Chemistry: 4 semesters of introductory courses, to include General and Organic with labs. A biochemistry course may be substituted for one semester of organic chemistry.
  • Physics: 1 year introductory course(s) with lab
  • Mathematics: 1 advanced mathematics course OR statistics course
  • Biochemistry: 1 course that includes a comprehensive review of molecular structures and biochemistry of carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins, central metabolic pathways, enzyme functions, and metabolism of carbon based molecules.
  • English: 2 courses. If you satisfy the English requirement for your undergraduate degree program, you also satisfy our English requirement. If your school integrates its writing requirement into courses across its curriculum, then you may substitute that coursework for this requirement.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities: 4 courses. Recommended courses include behavioral psychology, sociology, foreign language, and other non-science writing-intensive courses.

We accept community college coursework. We accept online coursework from accredited universities. AP/CLEP coursework may satisfy course requirements if listed on a college transcript. Applicants may apply while in the process of completing pre-requisite coursework. However, we recommend that applicants complete all required science coursework before they submit an application.


  • Applicants must have achieved an overall and science* grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate college work.  Applicants who have not achieved the former must have completed a minimum of 20 hours of science* Postbaccalaureate or Graduate work at 3.5 or higher.  In programs where premedical science courses are offered on either a graded or pass/fail basis, we strongly recommend that you take those courses for a grade.

    *Science grade-point average on the AMCAS application is determined by coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM).

Medical College Admission Test

The MCAT is required for all applicants.  Applicants for the 2019 application cycle must have taken the MCAT between January 2015 and September 2018.  We no longer accept the pre-2015 MCAT. The MCAT is offered on various dates between January and September.

American Medical College Application Service

We participate in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and require prospective students to file AMCAS applications. AMCAS is a nonprofit, centralized application processing service for applicants to participating medical schools.

The AMCAS application for the 2019 entering class will be available online in May 2018. You may certify and submit your AMCAS application beginning June 2018. Completed AMCAS applications must be submitted to AMCAS by November 1, 2018.


Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

  • The College of Medicine seeks candidates who best will be able to serve the needs of society and strives to graduate skilled and effective physicians. To achieve this goal, the following principles and technical standards will be applied to candidates for admission and continuing students.


  1. Technical Standards refer to criteria that go beyond academic requirements for admission and are essential to meeting the academic requirements of the program.
  2. Students, with or without disabilities, applying to and continuing in the College will be expected to meet the same requirements.
  3. Matriculation and continuation in the College assume a certain level of cognitive and technical skill. Medical students with disabilities will be held to the same fundamental standards as their non-disabled peers. Although not all students should be expected to gain the same level of proficiency with all technical skills, some skills are so essential that mastery must be achieved, with the assistance of reasonable accommodations where necessary.
  4. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist in learning, performing and satisfying the technical standards.
  5. Every reasonable attempt will be made to facilitate the progress of students where it does not compromise collegiate standards or interfere with the rights of other students and patients.

Applicants for admission to the College of Medicine and continuing students must possess the capability to complete the entire medical curriculum and achieve the degree. To this end, all courses in the curriculum must be completed successfully. In order to acquire the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, candidates for the MD degree must have abilities and skills in five areas including Observation; Communication; Motor; Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities; and Behavioral and Social Attributes.

Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain of these areas, but a candidate must meet the essential technical standards in such a way that he or she will be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many clinical situations as it implies that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation.

Continuing students in the College are held to the same technical standards.

  1. Observation
    Students must have the functional ability to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences and must have sufficient use of the senses necessary to perform a physical examination.
  2. Communication
    Students must be able to relate reasonably to patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with patients, colleagues and staff. They are expected to communicate the results of the history and examination to the patient and to their colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency.
  3. Motor
    Students are expected to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers and procedures. Those who cannot perform these activities independently should be able to understand and direct the methodology involved in such activities.
  4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
    Students must be able to learn to analyze, synthesize, solve problems, and reach reasonable diagnostic and therapeutic judgments. Students are expected to be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients. They must be able to learn to respond with prompt and appropriate action in emergency situations.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes
    Students are expected to be able to accept criticism and respond with appropriate modification of their behavior. Students also are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency necessary to complete the medical school curriculum and enter the independent practice of medicine within a reasonable timeframe. They must demonstrate professional and ethical demeanor and behavior in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff and patients.
  6. Cultural Competency
    Medical students must be able to communicate with and care for persons whose culture, sexual orientation or religious beliefs are different from their own. They must be able to perform a complete history and physical exam on any patient regardless of the student's and patient's race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age or sexual preference. Similarly, students must be able to interact professionally with colleagues and other healthcare professionals without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age or sexual preference.

Applicants who may not meet these standards are encouraged to contact the College of Medicine Admissions Office.