Academic Prerequisites

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.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 2 years (90 quarter or 60 semester credits) of coursework
  • A baccalaureate degree must be completed and conferred by December 31st in the year that you apply.
  • Official GRE scores (within 5 years)
    • MEDEX requires that official scores be sent directly to CASPA using code 0548 as part of the application to MEDEX. It is preferred that scores also be self-reported on the CASPA application.
    • GRE scores will not be required for applicants with a prior master’s degree earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  • 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

UW Graduate School

Do not apply to the UW Graduate School at this time. If accepted to MEDEX, you will then be asked to apply to the UW Graduate School. MEDEX will provide instructions about how and when to apply through Graduate Enrollment Management Services in an official acceptance packet.

  • After being accepted to MEDEX students will also be asked to submit GRE scores to the UW.
  • TOEFL is required by UW Graduate School for international applicants who did not complete a bachelor’s degree at an institution in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

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