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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.