Essential Functions for Admission and Matriculation

Technical Standards

Candidates for the M.D. degree must have the use of certain sensory and motor functions to permit them to carry out the activities described in the sections that follow. They must be able consistently, quickly and accurately to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.

A candidate for the M.D. degree must have abilities and skills of five varieties including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Technological accommodation is available to assist with a variety of disabilities and may be permitted for disabilities in certain areas. Under all circumstances, a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary means that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation. Therefore, the use of an intermediary in the clinical setting is not permitted. 

The Medical College of Georgia has developed technical standards to evaluate prospective students. These standards are guidelines and are subject to revision.  For questions or more information, please contact the Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs Office at 706-721-2522.



Applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), preferably in the spring before applying.

All applicants must have taken the MCAT no earlier than January 2016 and no later than September 2018.

Early Decision Program applicants must take the MCAT by the end of June 2018. Regular applicants must take the MCAT by the end of September 2018. 

Psychology and/or Social Sciences courses are recommended for students preparing to take the new MCAT exam.

MCAT registration packets can be requested from the MCAT Program Office, 2255 North Dubuque Rd., P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243 or by visiting the MCAT section on the AMCAS Web site.

Clinical Exposure

The Admissions Committee expects applicants to have experiences shadowing physicians and/or volunteering in a clinical setting.


Interviews, by invitation only, will consist of eight, multiple-mini interviews (MMI) in which a candidate will be assessed on personal characteristics, motivation and the ability to make adjustments necessary for medical school.

Prerequisite Courses

A complete list of prerequisite courses for the 2018-19 application cycle can be found by visiting the "Application Procedures" portion of our website.