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This blog lists the medical schools located in Arkansas and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Arkansas.
A prospective student should consider studying at Arkansas's medical school if you are particularly interested in rural medicine and working with underserved populations. Much of Arkansas's population is spread out in smaller cities and towns, allowing one to learn more about the unique patient presentations that arise when practicing rural and remote medicine.
Medical Schools in Arkansas:
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Location: Little Rock, AR
Founded in 1879, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine is a state-run university. Each year, roughly 2500 applicants compete for 174 available spots. Their mission is "to improve health and increase knowledge through innovative teaching, groundbreaking research, state-of-the-art patient care and outstanding service to Arkansas, the nation and the world."
- Two semesters of Biology
- Three semesters of Chemistry (to include Organic Chemistry with lab, and Biochemistry)
- One semester of Genetics
- Two semesters of Physics
- Two semesters of English
- One semester of Statistics
- Two semesters of Social Sciences - Psychology and Sociology are strongly recommended
Average accepted MCAT score: 509
Average accepted GPA: 3.75
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 2014 and is a private, non-profit medical school. Their mission statement is "to educate and train compassionate osteopathic physicians, skilled in the science of patient-centered osteopathic medical care, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the osteopathic profession, committed to lifelong learning, and focused on service to the underserved."
Location: Fort Smith, AR
- Biological Science: 8 semester hours
- Biochemistry: 3 semester hours
- Inorganic Chemistry with Lab: 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry with Lab: 8 semester hours
- Physics with Lab: 8 semester hours
- Additional Science Electives: 4 semester hours
- English Composition and Literature: 6 semester hours
Minimum accepted MCAT: No requirement
Minimum accepted GPA: No requirement
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