Academic Prerequisites

Degree changes are coming to MEDEX in the upcoming 2017/18 application cycle. Applicants are encouraged to review these changes as they prepare to apply.

Each of the MEDEX prerequisite courses must be taken as a “stand-alone” course, separate from any prior certificate training or professional degree program.

Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited community college or university for a letter grade or grade on a 4.0 scale. This may include some college courses completed online, but applicants should check the accreditation status of the online institution before registering for courses.

Each prerequisite course must be completed with a B- (2.7) or better (per course).

All MEDEX prerequisite coursework must be completed by the September 1st application deadline.

  • Prerequisite courses taken autumn quarter, completed after September 1stwill not be considered when evaluating prerequisites.
  • Coursework planned for spring or summer quarter of the upcoming year will not be accepted.
  • Advanced Placement courses will not meet MEDEX Science and Statistics prerequisites. MEDEX Science and Statistics prerequisites must be taken at the college level. AP Coursework can be used to meet only the MEDEX English requirements when it appears on a college transcript.


Two (2) Human Anatomy & Physiology courses – 10 quarter/6 semester credits

  • Courses can be combined A&P courses or individual human anatomy and human physiology
  • We recommend a cadaver or pro-section lab, if available.

One (1) General Biology course – 5 quarter/3 semester credits

  • We recommend a lab, if available.

One (1) Microbiology course – 5 quarter/3 semester credits

One (1) Chemistry course – 5 quarter/3 semester credits

  • We recommend a lab, if available.

One (1) Statistics course – 5 quarter/3 semester credits

Two (2) English courses – 10 quarter/6 semester credits

  • At least one of these must be a Composition course.
  • Both courses must be 100 level or higher and be completed within the English department.


  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology)

View the Academic Prerequisite Information FAQ

Be sure to review the MEDEX Northwest clinical experience prerequisites that all applicants must complete in addition to the academic prerequisites listed above.

UW and UAA

UW Admissions and Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree Option:

Applicants interested in earning a first or second bachelor’s degree must first meet the specific MEDEX stated academic and clinical experience prerequisites on or before the MEDEX application deadline.

Accepted MEDEX students will be eligible for a University of Washington Bachelor of Clinical Health Services degree if they additionally meet the UW admissions requirements for matriculation into a degree pathway.

UW admission requirements do not have the same deadline as MEDEX prerequisites. To be eligible to be a degree-seeking student at the University of Washington, UW admission requirements must be completed satisfactorily before the first summer quarter of enrollment at the UW. Review the details on the UW admissions requirements page

UAA Bachelor’s Degree Option:

If you wish to attend the Anchorage site, you can earn a bachelor’s degree through either the UW or the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Review details about UAA admissions and graduation requirements.

UW BCHS Degree Graduation Requirements:

In addition to UW admissions requirement, it is strongly recommended that each potential BCHS student also complete some or all of the UW graduation requirements prior to beginning MEDEX Northwest coursework. These requirements are separate from the MEDEX curriculum.

All courses listed in the link below must be college-level courses and be transferable to the University of Washington. Learn more.