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How to Get an M.D. Degree

Getting an M.D. degree requires years of preparation -- here's the path.


  • Step 1: Earn a bachelor's degree Earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Your particular major doesn't matter, but you should have completed pre-med coursework and earned a high GPA.
  • Step 2: Take part in extracurricular activities Take part in extracurricular and volunteer activities. Medical school admissions committees look for volunteer experience, exposure to a clinical setting, and extracurricular activities in applicants.
  • Step 3: Take the MCAT Take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, and obtain the highest score you can.
  • TIP: The MCAT consists of four sections: physical sciences, biological sciences, reading comprehension, and writing.
  • Step 4: Apply to medical school Apply to medical school. If your GPA and MCAT scores are high enough, you'll get accepted.
  • Step 5: Complete medical school Complete the four-year medical school program. The M.D. degree is awarded upon completion of a traditional program that includes two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical education. When you've earned the degree, you can answer yes to the question, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
  • FACT: There are 125 medical schools in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Volunteer experience
  • High score on the MCAT
  • Acceptance to medical school
  • Completion of medical school program

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