Pre-medical advising is available to current ECU students and ECU Alumni through the Center for Pre-Professional Advising.

Current ECU students are assigned a primary advisory who will guide them through their major and course selections. These students will also be assigned a pre-professional advisor as a secondary resource. The pre-professional advisor will help the student determine a timeline for completing the pre-med prerequisites and preparing for the medical school application process.

Students possessing an undergraduate degree (from ECU or elsewhere) wishing to enroll at ECU to complete the prerequisite courses must first apply to the ECU Graduate School as a Non-Degree Graduate Student. Admission to the university does not guarantee a spot in the prerequisite classes. The student may have to obtain special permission from the department to register for the classes he/she needs. The pre-professional advisor will assist the student in course selection and a timeline for preparation.

Application Process

You will begin completing the medical school application 12-14 months before you plan to matriculate. If you plan to attend medical school the fall after graduating from an undergraduate program in the spring, and do so in four years, you will apply during the summer between your junior and senior year, or very early in the fall of the senior year. The application for medical school opens in early May each year for admission for the following year. You may submit your application in early June. Deadlines vary from school-to-school but most fall between October 1st and December 15th (the deadline for applying to the Brody School of Medicine is November 15th).

Students will apply through the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

Documents required for application:

  • Transcripts from each community college or university attended
  • Personal Statement
  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Some schools require the CASper test


You can major in anything you like to prepare for medical school. Medical schools do not require, or even prefer, a certain undergraduate major. ECU does not have a “pre-med” major.

Below is a list of standard pre-requisites for admission to US Medical Schools. It is recommended that you check with specific schools to see if they require any additional coursework to be eligible for admission. Some schools do not accept AP credit. It is important to research your options well in advance to best prepare.

  • General Biology with labs – BIOL 1100, 1101 & BIOL 1200, 1201
  • General Chemistry with labs – CHEM 1150, 1151 & CHEM 1160, 1161
  • Organic Chemistry with labs – CHEM 2750, 2753 & CHEM 2760, 2763
  • Biochemistry – CHEM 3770 or BIOL 4880
  • General Physics with labs – PHYS 1250, 1251 & PHYS 1260, 1261 or PHYS 2350, 1251 & PHYS 2360, 1261
  • Statistics – BIOS 1500, MATH 2228, MATH 2283, or PSYC 2101
  • Social Sciences – Psyc 1000 – General Psychology
    Soci 2110 – Intro to Sociology (a special “health professions” section is taught each fall and spring)

UNC’s School of Medicine requires 2 additional upper-level Biology courses. One must include a lab. Courses to consider are: Anatomy & Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Physiology, Genetics, and Microbiology.

Brody School of Medicine, Class of 2026 (entering 2022) Profile

1155 applications were received
Applications accepted: June 1 – November 15
Accepted students: 86. 47 of the 86 were reapplicants (54%)
Average GPA of accepted students: 3.58 undergraduate, 3.76 graduate
Average Science GPA of accepted students: 3.47
Average MCAT Score of accepted students: 507

Brody School of Medicine only accepts North Carolina residents

Shadowing and volunteer work are important to admission committees.