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

A competitive Human Anatomy & Physiology course should cover the structure and function of the human body. A comprehensive study will provide an in-depth knowledge of the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and nervous systems specific to the human body.

Common courses that meet MEDEX Human A&P prerequisites:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (combined or taken separately)
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professions
  • Gross & Micro Anatomy/Physiology

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX Human A&P prerequisites:

  • Mammalian Anatomy & Physiology
  • Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology
  • Comparative Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Anatomy (Kinesiology)
  • Exercise Physiology

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

A competitive General Biology course should cover cell processes and structure, genetics, molecular biology, metabolism, and energetics. Please note: Human Biology courses will only be considered if the course is not a survey Human Anatomy & Physiology course.

Common courses that meet MEDEX General Biology prerequisites:

  • General Biology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medical Biology
  • Biology for Health Sciences

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX General Biology prerequisites:

  • Animal, Marine, Plant, or Organismal Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Pathophysiology, Immunology, Endocrinology, or Hematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Life Sciences
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences

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

A competitive Microbiology course should cover the medical aspects of microbial cell structure and function, including their roles in health and disease. Study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites should be included. An understanding of transmission, immunity, response, control and prevention will be covered in a comprehensive Microbiology course curriculum.

Common courses that meet MEDEX Microbiology prerequisites:

  • General Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology for Health Professions
  • Biology of microorganisms

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX Microbiology prerequisites:

  • Bacteriology
  • Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Pathophysiology, Immunology, Endocrinology, or Hematology
  • Life Sciences
  • Genetics

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

A competitive Chemistry course should cover chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, equilibrium, and acid/bases. Organic Chemistry courses should cover the structure, nomenclature, and synthesis of organic compounds. Biochemistry courses should cover chemical events in living systems, including proteins, enzymes, DNA, and metabolism.

Common courses that meet MEDEX Chemistry prerequisites:

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Concepts

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX Chemistry prerequisites:

  • Chemistry of Nutrition
  • Independent Research in Chemistry
  • General/Cellular/Molecular Biology
  • Human Structure and Function
  • Genetics

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

A competitive Statistics course should cover probability, descriptive methods, sampling, inferences, interpreting data, hypothesis testing, and regression.

Common courses that meet MEDEX Statistics prerequisites:

  • Principles of Statistical Reasoning
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Statistics for the Health Professions
  • Applied Statistics

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX Statistics prerequisites:

  • Calculus
  • Algebra
  • General Mathematics

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

A competitive English course should focus on the instruction of writing, including critical reading and writing, expository writing, grammar, rhetoric, and analysis of research or literature. Courses should be completed in an English or Writing department. Courses with a large writing component that are not specifically in the instruction of writing or in the English department are unlikely to be considered as meeting MEDEX English prerequisites.

Common courses that meet MEDEX English prerequisites:

  • College Writing
  • Composition
  • Rhetoric and Grammar
  • Expository Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Research Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Literature (Not considered Composition)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Composition, Language, or Literature

Common courses that do not meet MEDEX English prerequisites:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Medical Terminology
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Science Writing
  • Speech/Communication
  • Film, Theater, or Drama Studies
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences


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

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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.