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 MCAT test prep 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.

Is It Possible to Get into Medical School Without the MCAT?

While the MCAT is one of the most common medical school requirements in the US and Canada, it is possible to become a doctor without taking this test. In the US, this route is usually reserved for those who have known that they want to become a physician for a while. There are several accelerated medical school programs like BS/MD and BA/MD and early assurance programs, such as Flexmed, that forgo the MCAT. Typically, only students who are certain of their choice early on in their academic career apply to these options.

Additionally, there is one DO medical school, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, that may forgo the submission of an MCAT score in lieu of an Academic Index Score. The latter is calculated by using your undergrad and grad GPAs along with your ACT or SAT Critical Reading and Math section scores. The catch is, of course, that you would need to have sat the SAT or ACT and have attended a graduate program.  

In Canada, the situation is slightly different. There are actually medical schools in Canada that do not require the MCAT, as you will see below. And while there is an accelerated program in Canada that does not require the MCAT, QuARMS, the rest of the schools we list below are all full-fledged MD programs traditional premeds and non-traditional medical school applicants can pursue.

USA

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

CANADA

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

Should You Avoid Writing the MCAT?

Many students wonder whether they can skip the MCAT to get into medical school. And it’s no wonder. In addition to the challenging process of MCAT test prep, there are impressive MCAT costs to consider as well. Some students look to avoid the MCAT because they want to get into medical school without a science background. If you majored in something other than the physical sciences, the prospect of MCAT biology passages or MCAT physics equations may be intimidating.

Others may be more concerned with how long the MCAT is and how challenging it is to do well on such a massive exam. This is also understandable. The test covers a myriad of subjects and disciplines, so the preparation it takes to succeed is significant. Plus, there’s the MCAT CARS section – a section everyone dreads. So in addition to content review, you must simultaneously work on a strong MCAT CARS strategy.

But does all of this mean that you should avoid the MCAT? The answer is up to you, but consider the following:

MCAT gives you a solid foundation

If you did not major in the physical sciences, the MCAT may be the biggest reason for you to complete and do well in your medical school prerequisites. And even if you are one of those students looking to get into medical school with limited science knowledge, you cannot avoid the sciences if you decide to pursue medicine. So by skipping the MCAT, you are still not in the clear, so to speak. Needing to study and take the MCAT will give you a solid foundation for your years in medical school and beyond.

MCAT is far from being your last extensive exam if you go to medical school

Whether you pursue an MD or DO program, the MCAT is far from being the last test for you. So if you are avoiding the test because of its length, size, prep commitment, and so on, medical school might not be the best choice for you. USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 and 3, as well as different shelf exams and OSCE exams are going to be your constant companions throughout medical school and beyond. And if you are planning to be a medical school student in Canada, prepare to take on the extensive MCCQE Part 1, as well as the NAC OSCE if you are an international medical graduate.

So, if you are trying to avoid the MCAT because you do not like tests, face the fact that you will be required to complete and do well on many other exams once you are in medical school. The MCAT might seem like a pop-quiz compared to licensing exams.

MCAT cost

The MCAT is not cheap. And I do not even mean the administrative fees you pay to actually take the exam. MCAT test prep is a significant expense. Whether you do the prep on your own or hire an MCAT tutor, it will cost you. If you are studying independently, even if you use the cheap or MCAT prep free resources, you will still need to access MCAT prep books, practice tests, and so on. Your expenses will increase if you are looking to work with MCAT teachers or MCAT prep courses. And while your first reaction may be to avoid this professional prep help, we want to warn you that retaking the MCAT or reapplying to medical school because of a bad MCAT score is even more expensive. So do keep this in mind when you plan your prep.

Food for thought: no matter how much money you may try to save by avoiding the MCAT or applying to medical schools that do not require CASPer, or looking for schools without secondary essays, or even applying to the cheapest medical schools out there, attending medical school will still be expensive. You just have to accept this and plan out your budget.

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Final Thoughts

The desire to avoid applying to a school because MCAT is a requirement is understandable. However, you also want to remember that you want to apply to and attend schools where you are the perfect candidate. The MCAT is a challenge, but if you decide to become a doctor, it’s just one of the many, many challenges that you will have to face. We encourage you to check out our list of medical schools that do not require the MCAT, but we also encourage you to choose schools where you will be a happy and successful medical school student, even if it does ask for your MCAT score.

FAQs

1. Are there medical schools that do not require the MCAT?

There are some BS/MD programs, early assurance programs, and medical schools in Canada that do not require the MCAT. If you are an American looking to apply to med school in Canada, make sure to check which Canadian medical schools accept US students.

2. Are there any US MD programs that do not require the MCAT?

Currently, there are no MD programs in the US that do not require the MCAT.

3. Should I avoid taking the MCAT?

It’s up to you, but you should consider the reasons for avoiding it. Is it the difficulty or the length? The MCAT is not going to be your last exam and your licensing exams in medical school may be even more challenging. Is it the cost? Medical school is going to be expensive no matter on how many application aspects you try to save. Is it because you are not strong in physical sciences? Science is going to be your companion in medical school, so it’s going to be hard to avoid.

Additionally, remember that you significantly limit your pool of schools to apply to if you choose to only apply to medical schools that do not require the MCAT.

4. Can I get into medical school without a science background?

It is possible. However, remember that science is a huge part of medicine, so you need to know the basics to do well in medical school.

5. How much does the MCAT cost?

The fee to take the MCAT is USD$325. This includes the fee for taking the test and for distribution of your schools to schools.

6. Can I prepare for the MCAT on my own?

You can. Every student is different. Some may require some personalized help, while others are fine studying on their own.

7. Is the MCAT required in medical schools in the UK or Australia?

Some medical schools in the UK may accept the MCAT, but generally, most UK and Australian schools require the submission of your UCAT, BMAT, and other similar scores.

8. How important is my MCAT score for admissions?

Your MCAT score is used as one of the indicators of you academic and intellectual prowess, so it is considered an important application component. However, remember that the MCAT is not everything. A high MCAT score will not compensate for poorly written application components or for a bad interview performance.

To your success,

Your friends at BeMo

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maithili rakesh mhatre

I AM PRASENTLY STUDYING BSC CARDIAC PERFUSION IN INDIA CAN I BE ELIGIBLE FO MEDICAL COLLEGES IN CANADA AFTER COMPLETEING MY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN INDIA

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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.

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CHERYL LYNN DAVIS

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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Bosh

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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Abigail

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!

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Spgk

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.

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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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Areeba

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.

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Daniel

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.

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sana

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??

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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!

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Marirose

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.

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Marirose

Thanks for your response but I think I should be more clear on my question. I have graduated with a BS Summa Cum Laude from the Univ of Miami. I took the MCAT once and got a 497. I didn't want to retake it so I chose to start Medical School at AUA. Is it possible for me to transfer to a US med school or do I have to start the application cycle over? My only flaw on my application was the MCAT score.

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Hi Marirose! Thanks for clarifying. You will need to start the application process from the beginning in this case. Most schools simply do not accept transfer students, no matter their MCAT score or success at the previous school.

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Edwin Lin

When would it be the best time to hire a medical consultant?

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Hello Edwin! Thanks for your comment. You can reach out to a medical school consultant at any point. They can help you with anything, from planning your applications to prepping you for the interview. Whether you are still early in your undergrad or thinking of career change, a medical school advisor can help you strategize for success. Feel free to reach out to us for a free initial consultation!

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NUR LIYANA BINTI ZAKARIA

hello, im looking for opportunity to enrol in medical school that does not require mcat. Also any loans that i can apply to support my study.thank you.

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Hello Nur! Thanks for your comment. Please review the list of schools in the US and Canada that do not require the MCAT we include above. For financial aid, please view this article: https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/how-to-pay-for-medical-school

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Kimberly

My daughter graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science. She graduated Cum Laude from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. She has Aspergers and has taken the MCAT twice scoring almost the exact score. She knows facts and finds the structure of the MCAT difficult. In a perfect world, if they could sit and just ask her direct questions she would probably score amazingly. That being said, is there somewhere she could apply at this stage without a high score?

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Hello Kimberly! Thanks for your question. Firstly, please review the list of medical schools we include in this article. Perhaps your daughter could apply there? Another idea is to apply to some schools from this list: https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/easiest-medical-schools-to-get-into Some of these have pretty low MCAT thresholds. Another blog you can look at: How to get into medical school with low MCAT https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/get-into-med-school-low-mcat Good luck! And let us know if we can help with anything else!

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Tanvi Naik

If I am an mbbs from India , am I supposed to appear for mcat to get into any of the US universities?

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Hello Tanvi! Thanks for your comment. The MCAT is a requirement for most medical schools in the US and Canada. It is not a requirement for universities. If you are looking to attend a medical school in the US and Canada without writing the MCAT, please refer to the list of schools that do not require it above.

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Meghal Raval

In the case of without MCAT hii, i am 3rd year medical student (mbbs) from gujrat ,india .And i m interested in doing my master course (pg) in canada. I have a such exam related que. exam , is there any need of ilets ?....and if yes than how many band required for admission in canada. And during master course is there any stipend or job for students .and is University give the stipend to the students ?? Please ans me as soon as possible.

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Hello Meghal! Thanks for your question. You do not need to complete the MCAT to apply to a master's degree in Canada. Regarding a stipend, some universities set up their students with teaching assistantships and provide small scholarships to pay for materials and fees. You can also apply for grants and scholarships independently. While you are in graduate school, you can also get a part-time job, depending on your visa status.

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Olabode

My son graduated from secondary school in Nigeria can he get medical school in Us or Canada that does not require MCAT thanks

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Hello Olabode! Thanks so much for your question. Yes, some of the schools we list above, specifically medical schools like Laval, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke accept international students!

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SHamim

Hi, I'm a nursing student in my final year. I really want to go to medical school but I do not have MCAT and my GPA is abundant 3.2. Is it possible for me to get accepted if I apply for Medical schools that doesn't require MCAT

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Hello SHamim! Thanks for your message. 3.2 GPA is not very competitive, but you can always check out the easiest medical school to get into to see if you qualify!

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ayan ahmed

hi, my name is ayan. i have always wanted to become a physician ever since i was 14 years-old ! i just did not know how to become one in the easiest way? removing the mcat as a requirement  from some of these medical schools makes me more relaxed .

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Hello Ayan! Thanks for your comment. You can also check out our blog on the easiest medical schools to get into!

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Lexus Mueller

Hello! I am about to graduate from undergraduate school in May with my BS. I saw most of these BS/MD programs are for high school students, would I still be able to apply to these programs so I do not have to take my MCAT, or would I need to apply as a regular medical applicant at this point? Thanks!

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Hello Lexus! Thanks for your comment. You can try enrolling in one of these programs, so reach out to their administrators to discuss whether you would be an eligible candidate.

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MARY DANIELLE

Hello :) I am on my 4th year College of Pharmacy here in the Philippines. I plan to study Medicine abroad, would I be eligible to enter one of these schools without an MCAT score?

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Hi Mary! Thanks for your comment. You could try searching if any of these schools accept international students. For example, the medical schools in Quebec, Canada, accept a small number of international students every year!

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Tarek

Hello, I am currently in my Junior year in undergrad as a biology major, I have taken majority of the science pre reqs but just do not want to go back and prepare for the MCAT is there anyway right now as a junior I can transfer and get into one of those programs?

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Hi Tarek! Thanks for your question. You can try reaching out to the administrators of your chosen BS/MD programs to see if such transfers are possible.

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Tahani

Hello, my daughter is in her second-year of general medicine at the Beirut Arab University in Lebanon. After she finishes the third year she will sit for the IFOM exam. Can she transfer to another university in USA, Canada, or Europe based on her 3 years general medicine and IFOM exam result?

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Hello Tahani! Thanks for your comment. Most med schools in the US and Canada will require some educational background in the US and Canada. This means that she might need to complete some prerequisites in the US or Canada. Also, please make sure to check out our list of medical schools that accept international students.

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chelle

Hello, I plan on taking psychology at University in US. I plan on applying early to med school. Is it possible to apply to these US med schools in my third year to secure a spot?

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Hello Chelle! Thanks so much for your question. You may be able to apply to the BS/MD programs, but you would have to start your BS in first year. It's possible to transfer some credits if the school allows, but you would be stating your education from scratch. With most early assurance programs, you would need to apply before you finish your second year of university. Hope this helps! 

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Collet nandoa

Can I study medicine in Canada, I mean Ontario with a GPA of 3.12 in Medical Laboratory technology without MCAT?

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Hello Collet! Thanks for your question. 3.12 is a little low for medical schools in Ontario. Many schools use the GPA to narrow down the applicant pool, so you might want to raise it just a little bit to stay in the applicant pool so the admissions committee can see your amazing applicant profile!

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Min

Hi! Thank you for this and for clarifying that these are not geared toward high school students, as I also thought that initially. I would like to get into a surgical program, maybe ophthalmology, but I tend to struggle on exams despite knowing material well. Do you know if any of the above schools , I than Baylor) rank higher in surgical programs than others? I have a couple of schools off my radar that I’m interested in but also am hoping to leave the northeast. Also, as a non trad student I’m hoping to find a way to not go into insurmountable debt—any tips on that? Thank you so much for all the information you have provided here! I’m new to the site :) Best

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BeMo Academic Consulting

Hello Min! Thanks for your comment. Firstly, any of the programs we list above would prepare you for a future as a surgeon. If you are interested in learning more about best medical schools for surgery, please check out our blog. 

If you are looking for information on budgeting and paying off your debt, please check out these two blogs: how to pay for medical school and how to pay off medical school debt.

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Chantal Carnes

If I already have my BS, will these BS to MD programs accept my existing BS, or do I have to get a BS with them? For an academically strong candidate.

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Hello Chantal, thank you for your question. If you already have a BS, then perhaps you want to consider applying directly to MD? If you want to do another degree in the same field, you can try reaching out to the administrators of some of these BS/MD programs to ask if you qualify. 

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safia malik

kindly let me know about mbbs programme without mcat and scholarships and fee structures

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Hello Safia! Thanks for your comment. You can see all the medical programs that do not require the MCAT in this blog. If you are looking for scholarships outside of these schools, please check out our list here

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Alrin

now i am studying in 12th in bangladesh i want to go canada and complete my Undergraduate and then i want to appy for medical school but I dont want to do tha MCAT exam as its very hard and stressfull is there any chance to get into medical school after undergradute in the same country as an international student? AND how would that cost medical school without MCAT ?

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BeMo Academic Consulting

Hi Alrin, thanks for your question. There are several medical schools in Canada that do not require the MCAT, so you can try to apply there. However, many of them do not accept international students, so you would been to get your permanent resident status or citizenship to become eligible.

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CHERYL DAVIS

Hi, As I read the material, I noticed that you must be a high school student, in order to enroll in these colleges without the MCAT? Are there any options for older adults with a Master degree or a few classes shy of his or her DBA degree? Please send me whatever information one may have concerning this? Thank you so kindly.

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BeMo Academic Consulting

Hello Cheryl! Thanks for your question. The Canadian medical schools we list are not BS/MD - they are just MD programs. So you can be eligible. Let us know if you have any more questions.

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