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Getting Into Medical School

Integrated Services

The AAMC is here to help you navigate the journey from pre-med through residency and beyond—with reliable, trusted resources and services.


MCAT Exam Policies for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools

MCAT Exam Policies for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools

View MCAT® Exam policies to see which exam(s) medical schools will accept for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 application cycles.

Course Classification Guide

Each course in the AMCAS application must be classified strictly on the primary content of the course. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification, but AMCAS reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply.

In the event that you are unable to comfortably classify a course, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, refer to the description of the course on your school's Web site or consult with your Pre-health Advisor to choose the most appropriate classification.

The following guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized. This guide is also available in a printer-friendly PDF format .

BCPM Courses (Science)

Biology (BIOL)

Chemistry (CHEM)

Physics (PHYS)

Mathematics (MATH)

AO Courses (All Other)

Behavioral & Social Sciences (BESS)

Business (BUSI)

Communications (COMM)

Computer Science & Technology (COMP)

Education (EDUC)

Engineering (ENGI)

English Language & Literature (ENGL)

Fine Arts (ARTS)

Foreign Languages, Linguistics, & Literature (FLAN)

Government, Political Science, & Law (GOVT)

Health Sciences (HEAL)

History (HIST)

Natural & Physical Sciences (NPSC)

Other (OTHR)

Philosophy & Religion (PHIL)

Special Studies (SSTU)

This application is for those applying to the 2015 entering class.

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Instruction Manual 


Important Dates

January 6
Fee Assistance Program application opens

April 1
2016 AMCAS Resources released

May 5
2016 AMCAS application opens

Scheduled Maintenance


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2014 AMCAS Sign In

This application is for those applying to the 2014 entering class.


Contact AMCAS

Email: amcas@aamc.org
Phone: 202-828-0600
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (EST)
Closed: Friday, February, 27, 11-12 p.m. (EST)