The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) implemented in the spring of 2015. The MCAT now includes topics covered in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and biochemistry courses. Additionally, there is a new interdisciplinary section entitled “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.” Statistical reasoning is incorporated into all sections of the new MCAT.
“It was really exciting to finally receive my MCAT results and see that I had reached my target score. It was a huge relief to see that the months I had spent studying had paid off. I'm thrilled to have taken one step further toward reaching my goal of becoming a doctor.”
James Kim, Class of 2014
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2015-2019)
To prepare for the latest version of the MCAT exam, the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Program has revised the curriculum to include a combined biochemistry and physiology course, Biochemical Physiology, in the spring semester. While we offer courses in psychology, sociology, and statistics at Scripps, these courses are not part of the traditional curriculum for the post-bac program. We encourage applicants to consider enrolling in one or several of these courses prior to matriculation to better prepare for MCAT or to study these subjects independently during their post-bac year. Scripps Post-Bac advisors work closely with students to ensure that their MCAT preparation is thorough and effective.
The Scripps Post-Baccalaurate Program has partnered with Kaplan to provide a uniquely customized, 12-month program intended to supplement students’ coursework with MCAT content review and questions throughout the year. In addition, Kaplan offers Post-bac students test preparation clinics in critical analysis and reasoning foundations.