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What will I learn?

At the University of Kentucky, pre-professional programs are interest areas that students complete alongside their UK Core requirements and major curriculum. Pre-Professional Advisors offer support and guidance to University of Kentucky students, from all majors, interested in applying to medical school. In addition to outlining necessary coursework and guiding students through application processes, Pre-Professional Advisors also direct students to University programs, such as UK Education Abroad or the Center for Community Outreach, that foster well-rounded medical school applicants.


Medical science and practice involve complex relationships between physical, biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental aspects of human behavior. In the preparation for medical school, fundamental undergraduate college training in biology, chemistry, physics and English is essential. Minimal requirements are satisfied with the following or their equivalent:

Two semesters of studies in physics
Two semesters in the biological sciences
Four semesters in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry
Two semesters of English with emphasis on communication skills such as reading, writing, and speaking.

Prerequisite course work must be taken for grade options and not pass-fail. Courses in mathematics, psychology, sociology and the humanities also provide excellent preparation for medical study. Non-science majors should try to include several upper-level courses in biology, chemistry or related disciplines. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation at the College of Medicine.

Which department am I in?

University of Kentucky

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
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Application deadline

15 October 2022

Start date

22 August 2022, 9 January 2023


University of Kentucky



40506, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Freshman Admission: Applicants who have not attended a college or university upon completion of secondary school AND who have met all requirements, including English proficiency, as noted below. Conditional Admission: Applicants who meet UK’s academic requirements for admission but do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirement or the departmental specific requirements (such as certain SAT/ACT math scores for Engineering and Nursing). Students who are offered conditional admission because of English may either resubmit a higher TOEFL/IELTS score or enroll in UK's Center for English as a Second Language program. English proficiency Scores: TOEFL: 71 iBT; IELTS: 6.0; Duolingo: 95.

Application Deadlines: December 1 for Fall semester (August start); October 15 for Spring semester (January start).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky is ranked among the top 100 public research universities and is one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the U.S.

  • Top 15 U.S. ‘Diversity Champion colleges and universities’
  • World-class teaching and research faculty
  • Offers 500 clubs and excellent sports/recreation facilities
  • Services & support teams catering to student needs

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