Post-baccalaureate degree: MD / DO

Students who select pre-medicine at Cal Poly Pomona are indicating their intention to complete courses that are prerequisite for admission to medical school. The pre-medicine track is a rigorous sequence of courses in math, biology, chemistry and physics, and typically takes three years to complete.

Minimum Pre-requisites for Admission in General

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required
  • Each program has its own prerequisites. Check specific school for detail prerequisites. Admission Requirements for specific Medical school (
  • General Course prerequisites include the following:
    • 1 year English
    • 1 year of General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Laboratory
    • 1 year of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
    • 1 year of General Biology with Laboratory
    • 1 year of Physics with Laboratory

Tests Needed: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Online MCAT registration is available on the AAMC website

MCAT Prep Courses


American Medical Association (AMA)
American Association of colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

Application Service

For AMCAS medical schools, one can apply through the AMCAS website

California Medical Schools

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Diego

University of California San Francisco

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Western University of the Health Sciences

Stanford University

Suggested Time Table

Make an appointment to see your pre-professional advisor at least once every year.

Freshman Year

  • Decide the major(s) (Make an appointment to see a Career Counselor in Career Center at Cal Poly)
  • Consider joining the Pre-Med and Biology Club (Student Organization) in the Dept of Biological Sciences
  • Stay focused to achieve excellent academic performance (Most Medical schools will accept only students with a minimum 3.5 GPA)
  • Participate health-related volunteer opportunities

Sophomore Year

  • Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members for future letter of recommendations
  • Continue to participate in health-related volunteer opportunities

Junior Year

  • Study for the MCAT exam
  • Consider enrolling in commercial MCAT prep courses
  • Start getting the necessary application information ready
  • Take the MCAT in Spring

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Complete collecting and preparing all the necessary materials for your application: personal statement, letter of recommendations, MCAT scores, etc.
  • Submit the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application after June 1st (earliest time) for AMCAS medical schools. For the non-AMCAS medical schools, contact them directly for their applications
  • For osteopathic medical schools, need to submit through AACOMAS application service
  • Take the August MCAT exam if you have not taken the April exam or you want to get a better MCAT score · Complete the "secondary applications" if you receive them

Senior Year

  • If you were granted an interview, schedule a mock interview with your Pre-professional advisor for the upcoming interview
  • Complete your undergraduate studies and have a nice vacation before dental school starts.


PreMed Online

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

US Medical Schools List

Medical School Searches

Student Doctors

Student Doctors2

Medical Schools Finder

Physician salary

Characteristics Medical Schools look for

Osteopathic Medical Schools

Possible Local Internship Programs

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Volunteer Department
1798 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 865-9669

Citrus Valley Health Partners

Citrus Valley Health/Hospice
820 North Phillips Avenue
West Covina
Volunteer Services Manager: Janene House
626/859-2266 ext. 10348

Citrus Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Campus
1115 South Sunset Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790
Volunteer Services Director: Margaret Pohl
626/962-4011 ext. 22412

Citrus Valley Medical Center
Inter-Community Campus
210 West San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA 91723
Volunteer Services Director
Aliede Klein: 626/331-7331 ext. 16237

Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
250 South Grand Avenue
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: 626/963-8411

Queen of the Valley Hospital
1135 S Sunset Ave
West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 962-4011