Applicants must comply with, among other requirements, those established by the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and its regulations. A Bachelor's Degree BS or BA with the required Pre-Medical course credits completed at a college level institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of PR or by a US accrediting organization with a minimum Science and General GPA of 3.00 (on a four-point scale) as calculated by AMCAS. The GPA of a graduate degree (M.S, MPH) does not substitute the GPA from an undergraduate degree.
Admission Requirements for First Year Class
Applicants must comply with the following requirements for consideration:
- A bachelor’s degree (preferably in Science) is highly recommended in lieu of the completion of premedical coursework credits.
- Required Pre-Medical coursework credits should be completed at a college-level institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of PR or by a US accrediting organization with a minimum Science and General GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 as calculated by AMCAS. (The GPA of a graduate degree (MS, MPH) does not substitute the GPA from an undergraduate degree.)
- The MCAT must be taken within three years of application. For more information regarding the MCAT, you can access https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/
- Candidates must be able to read, write, speak and understand both English and Spanish.
Required premedical coursework consists of the following:
|Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry I and II labs
|General Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry I and II with labs
|General Biology I and II with labs
|General Physics I and lI with labs
|Behavioral and Social Sciences
(Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, Economics, and Anthropology)
Additional Course Requirements
In addition to the above requirements, coursework in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Human Biology and Humanities are highly recommended. Courses could be in progress at the time of the application; however, all required courses must be successfully completed before registering medical school.
Courses completed from foreign/international univeristy
When studies were completed in a foreign/international university certified by the Puerto Rico
Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (PRBMLD), it is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate and certify that those courses are equivalent to the pre-medical studies or bachelor’s degree requirements in accordance with the curriculum of the University of Puerto Rico.
Courses completed online
Online coursework will be considered provided that:
- The online course is offered under the auspices and supervision of the institution at which the student completed the other pre-med coursework or at another, not-for profit, college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations; Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western.
Admission Committee Final Review
The Admissions Committee reviews applicants during the “rolling admission” phase from December to May. Notification of admission may begin as early as January.
NOTE: Our committee does not review applications in the order they are submitted OR chronologically by interview date. Decisions by the Admissions Committee are final.
Technical Standards and Criminal Background Check
All accepted applicants meet San Juan Bautista School of Medicine technical standards which define the physical, mental, emotional, and social abilities that support success in medical school. They must also complete the AAMC Criminal Background Check to ensure patient safety.