Pre-Medical Advising

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.

Students planning to apply to medical school will begin completing the application 12-14 months before they plan to matriculate. If a student plans to attend medical school the fall after graduating from an undergraduate program in the spring, and does so in four years, he/she will apply during the summer between his/her junior and senior year, or very early in the fall of the senior year. The application for medical school opens June 1st each year for admission for the following year. Deadlines vary from school-to-school but 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

Students can major in anything they like to prepare for medical school. Medical schools do not require, ore 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.

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

 CHEM 2770 or BIOL 4880

General Physics with labs
PHYS 1250, 1251/ PHYS 1260, 1261 or PHYS 2350, 1251/PHYS 2360, 1261

 BIOS 1500, MATH 2228, MATH 2283, or PSYC 2101

*Some schools are not yet specifically requiring Biochemistry and Statistics. However, students will need to take these courses to be successful on the MCAT because it contains material from those courses.

In 2015, the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) began testing students on basic concepts in psychology and sociology, and will also test their critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. At the current time, courses is psychology, sociology, and philosophy are not required for admission to medical school. However, they are strongly encouraged, and fit into the foundation curriculum requirements at East Carolina University.

Brody School of Medicine, Class of 2020 Profile

1020 applications were received

Applications accepted: June 1 – November 15

Accepted students: 80

Average GPA of accepted students: 3.7

Average MCAT Score of accepted students: 29.5 (before 2015), 506 - 68th percentile(2015+)

Brody School of Medicine only accepts North Carolina residents

Shadowing and volunteer work are important to admission committees.