Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Medicine (pre-professional) 2010-2014

Doctor of Medicine

American Medical Association

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements and equivalencies may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and advisors at their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
One year of General Biology (with lab) to include one genetics course BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology 15
One course of General Chemistry (with lab) CH 221 General Chemistry 5
One course of Organic Chemistry (with lab)

CH 241 Organic Chemistry

(CH 223 is a prerequisite)

One Biochemistry course

Take at 4-year institution

PCC offers CH 211 Introduction to Biochemistry which may be useful before taking Biochemistry at a 4-year institution.

One year of Physics (with lab) PHY 201, 202, 203 General Physics 12
One college-level math course (not including statistics). A statistics course is strongly recommended.

MTH 111 College Algebra or higher

MTH 243 Statistics -strongly recommended



Two academic years of humanities and/or social sciences. Select from Arts & Letters/Social Science departments Varies
One English composition course WR 121 English Composition 4


OHSU strongly recommends that additional advanced science courses in the following areas be included in your bachelor's degree: biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and higher level math.

Additional Requirements

This is a Graduate program. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university is required prior to enrollment in medical school. No particular major is preferred, but a broad educational background is encouraged. Average GPA of admitted students is 3.63 overall and 3.57 in science courses.

Students who want to pursue a medicine program will need to complete a bachelor's degree before matriculation to the OHSU School of Medicine.  There is no "pre-med" major, but there are required pre-medicine courses, which should be included in your plan of study.  You are urged to major in an area that is of real interest to you - it does not need to be a science field, but many students do major in biology or another science.  Medical schools want to see a breadth of subjects, including liberal arts and social sciences.

Get to know your instructors.  You will need faculty recommendations when you apply to Medical School.  Talk with them about your plans, hopes, and dreams.  Give them a reason to remember you and your work.

When reviewing an applicant's academic profile, the OHSU Admissions Committee looks at the MCAT and overall and science GPA.  It also considers such factors as breadth of education, major, courses taken, GPA trends, course loads, extracurricular activities, etc.

Candidates for admission to the OHSU Medical School are considered comparatively on the basis of:

  • Assessment of motivation, ability to communicate, problem-solving ability and maturity.
  • Review of overall scholastic record. (average overall and science GPA of admitted students is 3.6)
  • Review of MCAT scores
  • Review of letters of recommendation. Three letters are required
  • Review of work/health care/research experience.
  • Understanding and appreciation of health care issues and/or biomedical research.
  • Interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care.
  • With respect to the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research.

Applicants should demonstrate a basic understanding of the health care system. Applicants can obtain this understanding through previous life experiences in a health care field, teaching, family relationships, work experience, volunteering, etc.  Approximately 4,600 applications are received each year, 450+ applicants are granted interviews and approximately 132 are admitted.


Last updated: September 2013