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Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental

Overview of the Fisk/Meharry Medical College BA to MD or DDS Pathway

Fisk University students who meet the academic expectations of this program can be accepted into the School of Medicine or Dentistry at Meharry Medical College after three years at Fisk, with the first year medical or dental school courses serving as elective course requirements to complete the 120 hours needed to obtain a B.A. or B.S. at Fisk University. A parallel program also can be chosen where students are accepted into the pre-medicine or pre-dental program at Meharry Medical College but transition to Meharry after four years at Fisk University, and having already attained their Fisk degree.

Acceptance into the Program

Acceptance occurs early in the second semester of the first year at Fisk University. Students who have strong ACT scores from their High School and maintain that academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.2 at Fisk during their first semester are eligible to apply to the program.

There is a two stage application. The First Stage of the application includes a personal statement and transcript from Fisk University as well as completion of an application form with personal and family history information.  These materials are submitted in early January of the second semester of a student’s first year at Fisk. Students selected for further consideration are requested to complete the second stage

The Second Stage of the application requires three letters of recommendation from Fisk faculty as well as a polished personal statement and other application materials, all of which – for selected students- become part of the student’s permanent file for admission to Meharry Medical College

Students will be interviewed in February after submission of the second stage of the BA-MD application.

Students, when accepted, can choose between one of two programs:

1)Students attend Fisk University Years 1 thru Year 3, completing all of their required coursework for their major.  Transition to Meharry is NOT automatic, but requires that the student maintain a GPA of 3.4 in the sciences and, based on current MCAT scoring, has at least a 24 on their MCAT. Students who meet these requirements and have completed their Fisk work in an appropriate fashion will join Meharry Medical College the June after their third year, with the first year at Meharry counting as elective courses for their FISK MA degree, which they will obtain the May after their first year at Meharry.

Once at Meharry, all funding for scholarships is dependent in selection for scholarship aid from Meharry

2)Students attend Fisk University Years 1 thru 4,  completing all of their required coursework for their major and graduating with their class.  As for the 3 / 4 program, transition to Meharry is NOT automatic, but requires that the student maintain a GPA of 3.4 in the sciences and, based on current MCAT scoring, has at least a 24 on their MCAT.

Once accepted into the BA-MD program with Meharry Medical College, please note that you must plan to participate in all three of the next summers in programs at MMC. These programs prepare you for academic strength in all of the key disciplines as well as successful performance on the MCAT exam.

For more information about this program, Contact:
Lee E Limbird, PhD
Professor and Dean
Pre-Health Coordinator