If you're looking for a list of medical schools that don't require the MCAT, you've come to the right spot. Are you feeling stressed about writing the MCAT? Did you know that on average, 24% of all test takers write the MCAT more than once, trying to improve their scores? Are you trying to figure out how to get into medical school with a low MCAT? What if there was a way to skip the MCAT all together? Well, you may be in luck. This blog discusses the difficulty of getting a good MCAT score and provides a list of medical schools that don't require the MCAT in the US and Canada.

As this information changes frequently, it's important that you verify with the school to which you are considering applying. Additionally, please note that this list may not be exhaustive, as new programs are frequently implemented, and existing programs are sometimes removed.

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How hard is the MCAT?

Students often underestimate the difficulty of the MCAT, if they're used to performing well on their college or university tests, they assume that naturally, they'll perform well on the MCAT. Unfortunately, the MCAT is no pop quiz and takes countless hours of review and practice in order to succeed. According to the AAMC, in the last 3-5 years, over 85% of examinees who took the MCAT completed courses in biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics prior to taking the test. In addition, nearly half of those test-takers completed a commercial, university or medical school preparation course. With that said, out of roughly 185,000 students who wrote the MCAT during this period, nearly a quarter of them decided to take the test again, likely in hopes of scoring better the second time around. So how hard is the MCAT? Very hard, but not impossible. With dedicated preparation and study, it is certainly possible to do well. If you do decide to take the MCAT, check out our blog to find out MCAT test and release dates. If you'd rather skip the MCAT, keep reading below for the list of medical schools that don't require the MCAT.


BA/MD and BS/MD programs that don't require MCAT:

These joint programs offer the opportunity for exceptional high school students to secure a spot in medical school before even beginning undergraduate studies. Essentially, students will obtain either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and will then proceed directly into medical school to obtain a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). 

University at Albany/Upstate Medical University 

CUNY School of Medicine 

Drexel University College of Medicine 

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine 

Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine 

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences 

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

University of Florida College of Medicine 

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 

List of Early Assurance Medical School Programs (EAP's) that don't require MCAT:

Early assurance programs allow academically strong undergraduates the opportunity to apply to medical school at the end of their second or start of their third year of undergraduate study. This can act as a fast track into medical school as students can often bypass traditional requirements for admission.

Albany Medical College Early Assurance Program

Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Georgetown University School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Flex Med Program

Tufts University School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

University of Rochester School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

University of Toledo College of Medicine MedStart Program


Allopathic medical schools that don't require MCAT:

University of Ottawa

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

McGill University  *Baccalaureate degree must be completed within Canada 

Université Laval

Université de Montréal 

Université de Sherbrooke

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Hello Maithili! Thanks for your question! Not every medical school in Canada accepts international students. Currently, medical schools in Quebec, some medical schools in Ontario, as well as Memorial University medical school, accept direct applications from international students. Check out our blogs for these schools to see the requirements and admission statistics for international students. Plus, keep in mind that in order to participate in the CaRMS Match, you must be a permanent resident of citizen of Canada.



Hi, So these schools are geared towards high school students, right? If so, are there any schools that are for adults to enter? Press advise. Thank you.


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Hi Cheryl! Thanks for your question. These schools are not geared towards high school students. You can apply to any of these schools as a mature or non-traditional applicant!

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Thank you for clarifying because that was my question as well! I have my undergraduate already and all requirements except that pesky MCAT and looking to apply ASAP!

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Hello Bosh! Thanks for your comment. Good luck with your applications! Let us know if we can help.



Hey there! Thanks so much for taking your time to compile all this information into one website page. I have a quick question, is there any way I could go into Medical School in the United States as an IMG (international student) without a MCAT score? I have been with the British syllabus from high school up until now in university and I feel like it would be absolutely hard for me now to try to go back and do MCAT all over again, and then following up to all the crazy USMLE exams after during the actual Medicine course, on top of normal classes. Let me know, I'm absolutely desperate at this point haha! Take care :-)


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Hello Abigail! Thanks for your question. The only way to avoid MCAT is to apply to medical schools that do not require it. If the school requires the submission of MCAT, then you must complete it to be an eligible applicant. Let us know if we can help you with your MCAT!



Hi, i have a degree dentistry and i practiced dentistry for 5 years. Currently im in Canada and looking forward to write mcat, do i have chance of getting admission in the universities?


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Hello Spgk! Thanks for your question. Are you applying to medical school or dental school? Or are you trying to get admitted to another program? Let us know. While the MCAT is important, there are many other factors that can determine your success. If you let us know which career path you are taking, we can give you more tips for how to succeed! Look forward to hearing from you.


Farheen Zahra

Do these schools accept students studying at an undergrad school in US but are still waiting for their green card??


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Hi Farheen! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, some of these schools accept international students. Make sure to reach out to the schools of your choice to ask about admission procedures and requirements for international students.

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Assalam u Alaikum Me humera i completed my fsc education in Pakistan so how can i apply for MBBS without MCAT


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Hello Areeba! Thanks for your question. Please apply to one of the schools listed above using their respective application processes, whether it's AMCAS, OMSAS, or individual application systems.



Hey I'm studying in Nigeria as an MBBS student, is it possible to switch at my 400l to a medical school in the us/Canada without my MCAT?


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Hello Daniel! Thank you for your question! The majority of medical schools in the US and Canada do not allow students to transfer, so you will have to complete the full application and interview process as a regular applicant. If you want to avoid taking the MCAT, you can apply to any of the programs we list above as a regular applicant.



I am currently in the 5th year of an MD program abroad can I transfer to US medical universities for the rest ( 2 last year ) of my studies??


BeMo Academic Consulting

Hello Sana! Thanks for your question. Most medical schools in the US do not accept transfer students. If you want to attend a school in the US, you will have to go through the entire application and interview process from scratch. Hope this helps!



I graduated with a 3.9 GPA-BS degree. How do I apply to one of these schools in order to attend Med School?


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Hello Marirose. Thank you for your question. You can apply as a regular student to any of these schools, using the appropriate application system each school uses.