Admissions Tests for Medical and Health Professional Schools
The majority of health professional schools require students to complete standardized admissions tests as part of the application processes. Many of the tests evaluate the mastery of basic concepts in biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics along with proficiency in scientific problem solving, critical thinking and writing skills. The professional schools requiring these tests recommend that students take the tests prior to the submission of their applications. The following web sites offer details, including when the tests are administered during the calendar year, the cost of the tests, and where the test centers are located for the most common admission tests.
|School Type||Required Admissions Test||Website|
|Allopathic Medicine (MD)||Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)||aamc.org|
|Chiropractic Medicine||Some require GRE||gre.org|
|Dental Medicine||Dental Admissions Test (DAT)||ada.org|
|Optometry||Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)||opted.org|
|Osteopathic Medicine (DO)||MCAT||aamc.org|
|Podiatry||MCAT or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)||aamc.org|
|Veterinary Medicine||MCAT or GRE||aamc.org|
**In 2015, the MCAT underwent a new format which also includes sections on Biochemistry and the Behavioral Sciences. The Duquesne University PMHPP curriculum plan is designed to address those changes.