Bachelor’s Degree Prerequisites

Clinical Prerequisites

All applicants, regardless of the degree option they are applying to, must meet the minimum 4000-hour paid, direct, hands-on clinical patient care prerequisites. Competitive MEDEX candidates have more than the minimum 4000 hours (averaging a total of 6.5 years) of paid experience, usually in a primary care or emergency care setting. For details, see the following:

Clinical Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

Each prerequisite course must be completed with a B- or better (per course).
All MEDEX prerequisite coursework must be completed by the October 1st  application deadline.

  • Prerequisite courses taken autumn quarter, completed after October 1stwill not be considered when evaluating prerequisites.
  • Coursework planned for spring or summer quarter of the upcoming year will not be accepted.

Human Anatomy and Physiology:

  • Two (2) College-level coursework in human anatomy and physiology.
  • Course completion recommended with in the last 5 to 7 years
  • Courses can be combined as A&P courses or individual human anatomy and human physiology
  • Invertebrate zoology or mammalian A&P do not fulfill this requirement.
  • Credits must total at least 10-quarter credits (or 6 semester credits).
  • We recommend a cadaver or pro-section lab if available.

Three (3) College-Level Basic Science Courses:

  • A minimum three (3) college-level basic science courses relevant to medicine.
    • Courses considered include biology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, genetics, etc.
    • Any courses classified as other science, other non-science, physics, plant or animal biology, or behavioral science will not be considered. Additionally, highly specialized medical sciences may not be considered.
  • Credits must total at least 15 quarter credits (or 9 semester credits).
  • We strongly recommend that once you have satisfied the MEDEX science prerequisites, you continue to take basic science courses to strengthen your knowledge base.

Two (2) College-Level English Courses:

  • Both English courses must be 100 level or higher and be completed with the English department.
  • At least one of these must be a composition course.
    • Speech courses are not acceptable .
    • CLEP scores do not substitute for an actual English course with a satisfactory grade.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) credit will satisfy this requirement and must appear on an official college transcript.
  • English courses taken in foreign countries are considered as English as a Second Language (ESL) unless taken in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and therefore do not meet the English course requirement.

General Information:

  • Each MEDEX  prerequisite courses must be taken as “stand-alone” courses, separate from any prior  certificate training or professional degree program
  • Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited community college or university for a grade. This may include some college courses completed online, but applicants should check the accreditation of the online institution before registering for courses.

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.

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