Our Medical School Admission Requirements

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Our Medical School Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Credit Hours

A minimum of 90 credit hours (or equivalent) and the completion of the courses below are required prior to matriculation.

Required Courses

  • Biology – one academic year or equivalent. Advanced placement credits can be used to satisfy this requirement
  • General/Inorganic Chemistry – one academic year or equivalent.
  • Organic Chemistry  – one semester. Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Genetics may be substituted for organic chemistry. 
  • Mathematics – one semester of college-level mathematics, calculus, or statistics highly recommended.
  • English – any non-science courses that involve expository writing will satisfy this requirement.

While physics is not a requirement, to be well-prepared, students are encouraged to seek courses that provide a foundational understanding of fluids, gases, and pressure variations.


Prerequisite courses should be completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of application. Prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 


Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are required for U.S. applicants (and encouraged for all applicants). Scores must be from exams taken within the last 10 years.

MCAT results can be released to the admissions department directly from the AAMC website. 

Application and Supporting Documentation

The following items must be provided for admissions consideration:

  • Completed Application for Admission – Applicants may submit Trinity School of Medicine’s Online Application or a current and processed AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, or OMSAS Application in PDF form. Visit the Admissions Process page for more details.
  • Application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation – Must come directly from the letter writer. Recommended sources are your university pre-health advising office, professors, physicians, or supervisors who are not family members and who can confirm the applicant’s academic ability and/or provide evidence of positive character traits. This requirement may be satisfied with one packet by a combined committee or with two separate letters, one of which must be from an academic source. 
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended — undergraduate colleges, graduate and/or professional programs attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to initiate the admissions process. Prior to matriculation, official transcripts from each institution must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions from the issuing institution.

Previous Attendance at Foreign Institutions

Applicants with college credit at foreign institutions, orinstitutions teaching in a language other than English, must submit official foreign transcripts to one of the following evaluation services as part of the admissions processes. Those applicants applying in either of the following situations:
a. as a new, first time student but has attended a non U.S. college or university for any portion of their undergraduate degree, or b. as a transfer student from a non-U.S. medical school whose curriculum differs from U.S. medical education curricular standards must have their college/university level courses evaluated by one of the consultants listed below.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: 414-289-3400
Josef Silny and Associates International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33171
World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea
Station New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6411

TMSU will consider credit only if an internal review or the evaluation service has indicated the coursework taken was similar to coursework taken at an institution that is comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. Institution of higher learning. 


Medical Student Competency and Safety Policy

Technical Requirements and Standards

Candidates for the M.D. degree at the Trinity School of Medicine (TSOM) must be capable of completing core educational requirements and achieving the TSOM competencies and entrustable professional activities essential for the delivery of high quality medical care. The Trinity School of Medicine has an ethical responsibility for the safety of patients with whom students and graduates will come in contact.

Although students learn and work under the supervision of the faculty, students interact with patients
throughout their medical school education. Patient safety and well-being are therefore major factors in
establishing requirements involving the physical, intellectual, and emotional abilities of candidates for
admission, promotion, and graduation. The essential skills and abilities described herein are also referred to as technical (or non-academic) standards. The goal of the medical education program is to graduate physicians who possess high ethical and professional attributes, deep and thorough medical knowledge and outstanding clinical skills, with the ability to appropriately apply these skills, effectively interpret information, and contribute to decisions across a broad spectrum of medical situations in varied settings.

Therefore, all students are expected to meet the standards described below for admission, retention,
promotion, and graduation.

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A candidate must be able to acquire information from demonstrations and participate in laboratory exercises. A candidate must be able to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to
him or her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. These skills require the use of vision, hearing, and touch or the functional equivalent.

A candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the English language such that he or she can communicate in both oral and written form effectively and sensitively with patients and members of the health care team. This includes the ability to speak, to hear and to observe patients by sight in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. In a case where a candidate’s ability to communicate is compromised, the candidate must demonstrate alternative means and/or abilities to communicate with patients and members of the health care teams

A candidate must be able to attend and participate in classes and activities which are a part of the curriculum. A candidate’s motor and sensory functions must be sufficient to diagnose and deliver patient
care consistently, quickly and accurately. A candidate must be able to perform physical exams and diagnostic procedures using techniques, such as: palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other
diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate must be able to respond in a timely manner and safely execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatments to patients. A
candidate must be able to participate in physically taxing duties over long hours.

A candidate must have sufficient cognitive abilities and effective learning strategies to assimilate the detailed and complex information presented in the medical school curriculum. A candidate must be able to learn through a variety of modalities, such as: class instruction, small group, team, and collaborative activities, and independent study. A candidate must have the ability to learn, memorize, measure, calculate, reason, organize, analyze, and synthesize complex information in a coherent manner. A candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. A candidate must be able to formulate a hypothesis, investigate the potential answers and outcomes, and formulate appropriate and accurate conclusions in a timely manner. 

A candidate must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the timely completion of all responsibilities
attendant to his/her academic work, team work, and patient care. A candidate must demonstrate the ability to develop mature, sensitive, and effective professional relationships with faculty members and
peers, patients, and all members of the healthcare team. A candidate must be able to function effectively under stress and proactively make use of available resources to help maintain both physical
and mental health. A candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the educational and patient care setting.
Professionalism, compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are expected throughout the education process. The candidate must be willing to interview, physically examine, and provide care to all patients regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

The TSOM is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of the medical education program. It recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable
accommodations to meet the technical standards described above. During the Admissions process, candidates with a disability are encouraged to discuss their disability with the Assistant Dean of
Admissions so that jointly, they may consider technological and other facilitating mechanisms necessary to train and function effectively as a physician. Upon admission, the Office for Medical Education and the
Office of Student Affairs are committed to removing potential barriers that may prevent a student from accurately reflecting their abilities in the medical education program. The goal of the multi-perspective
approach described below is to support medical students with disabilities in order to provide reasonable and accessible opportunities to complete the medical education program.

Requesting Disability Accommodations
 1. A candidate must comply with the following process for requesting and receiving appropriate reasonable accommodations, in a timely manner, to enable the candidate to have the opportunity to meet the TSOM requirements for completion of the medical education program. 

 2. It is the responsibility of a candidate with a disability, or a candidate who develops a disability, who requires accommodations in order to meet TSOM technical standards, to self-disclose to the
Office of Student Affairs and request accommodations. The candidate must provide requested documentation of the disability to the Office of Student Affairs during the registration process. A
candidate who fails to register with the Office of Student Affairs or who fails to provide the necessary documentation shall not be considered to be claiming or receiving accommodations
under federal or state disability laws. A candidate is encouraged to register with the Office of Student Affairs prior to the beginning of his or her first or subsequent semester or as soon as a
disability is established in order to ensure access to accommodations to the fullest extent possible. Candidates are accountable for their performance, with or without accommodation. No
candidate will be assumed to have a disability based on poor performance alone. Accommodations are not applied retroactively, and a disability-related explanation will not
negate poor performance.

3. Any request, design and implementation of accommodations for an individual candidate to participate and complete the medical education program must include full collaboration with the
Office of Student Affairs, as well as review by the TSOM Accommodations Committee.

4. In review of a student’s accommodation request, the Office of Student Affairs will make every effort to recommend the appropriate accommodation for academic success. Upon receipt of a student’s request for accommodations, the TSOM will convene the TSOM Accommodations Committee. The Accommodations Committee is an ad hoc committee reporting directly to the TSOM Curriculum Committee. The Accommodations Committee is responsible for reviewing requests for accommodations in light of the TSOM appropriate course standards and learning objectives. Membership consists of the Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Affairs and two volunteer faculty members approved by the Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Affairs. 

5. Following review by the Accommodations Committee, the implementation of accommodations for first and second year students will be facilitated by the TSOM Office of Student Affairs. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs will notify the student of the approved accommodation and the office of testing & evaluation. The Assistant Dean of Assessment and Testing will inform the faculty about a student’s accommodation for internal exams. 

6. Rising third year students with current academic accommodations should review their accommodations with the Office of Student Affairs in advance of their clinical years. This review is important for all students requesting accommodations, especially for students who may request the support of non-academic accommodations. Following review by the Accommodations Committee, the implementation of accommodations for third and fourth year students will be facilitated by the TSOM Office of Student Affairs. If accommodations are requested for NBME exams, the school’s NBME administrator/ executive chief proctor (ECP) is
responsible for ensuring that the approved accommodation is included when the student’s information is uploaded in the NBME roster management system. 

7. Each student is responsible for following USMLE guidelines for requesting accommodations for USMLE Step examinations. 

8. The Office of Student Affairs will notify clerkship directors of requested accommodations via a student’s accommodation letter. 

9. An accommodation may be deemed unreasonable if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of the student, patients or others, causes a fundamental alteration of the medical education program, does not meet TSOM academic or technical standards, or poses an undue hardship on the College of Medicine. In review of a student’s request, the Committee will work to request additional assessment or evaluation, as needed, and provide a determination of the review to the Office of Student Affairs. 

10. Accommodation through the use of a trained intermediary or other aid may be appropriate or reasonable if the intermediary or aid functions as an information conduit. The intermediary or aid may not provide a selective function, cognitive support, or medical knowledge or act as a substitute in performing essential skills or supplement clinical and ethical judgment. 

11. Should, despite reasonable accommodation (whether the candidate chooses to use the accommodation or not), a candidate’s existing or acquired disability interfere with patient or peer safety, or otherwise impede the ability to complete the TSOM medical education program and advance to graduation, residency, training, or licensure, the candidate may be denied admission or may be separated, discontinued, or dismissed from the program. 

12. While the Office of Student Affairs works to determine and coordinate approved accommodations, disability documentation remains confidential and housed at the Office of Student Affairs.

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