Cooper Medical School of Rowan Univerisity
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Required Courses

Biology (any 2 courses with lab) 2 semesters/8 credits
Chemistry (any 2 courses with lab) 2 semesters/8 credits
English/Composition 1 semester/3 credits

Recommended** Courses

Physics (with lab) 2 semesters/8 credits
Behavioral Science 1 semester/3 credits
Ethics 1 semester/3 credits
Biostatistics 1 semester/3 credits
Humanities 2 semesters/6 credits
Biochemistry 1 semester/3 credits
Spanish 2 semesters/6 credits

**Recommended courses will enhance academic preparation for the first year of medical school. Admissions decisions will not be affected by the presence or absence of the recommended courses in an applicant's academic record.

AP/IB Credits

No AP/IB credits may be used in place of an actual course, even if the undergraduate institution grants a credit for the AP coursework. Upper level coursework in the same subject area may replace the listed prerequisite. (Note: All science courses used to satisfy a prerequisite must include a laboratory component, so online coursework will not be acceptable to substitute for hands-on lab credit).

Please see our FAQ for further commentary about prerequisite work.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Every applicant must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Preferably, this test will be taken in the spring of the year before application; however, it must be taken no later than the fall of the year in which the candidate applies. For the entering class of 2015, CMSRU will consider applicants who have taken the MCAT between January 2012 and October 2014.

Clinical and Community Experiences

There is no minimum number of clinical observation or volunteer hours for applicants to CMSRU. However, CMSRU is a mission-driven institution. From the beginning, we have built CMSRU upon the idea that Camden is our classroom and our home, and we will strive to improve the health and well-being of those we serve as we teach the art and science of medicine and its delivery. For this reason, we will highly value applicants who have shown evidence of community-consciousness and social responsibility. We value experiences that increase the understanding of diversity and the role it plays in practicing medicine.