Core Requirements

To prepare for medical school, students complete the required science coursework and share the many resources available at Johns Hopkins. The core requirements for most medical schools include two semesters of each of the following with accompanying labs:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics

Physics at Johns Hopkins is calculus based. Students must complete a calculus course prior to starting physics. This course may be taken through another institution or online. Students do not have to complete the calculus course prior to applying to the program.

Hopkins Courses

Students take the renowned undergraduate science courses in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Seats within the classes are reserved for post-baccalaureate students who contribute to, and benefit from, the range of experience within the classroom. Post-baccalaureate students form a tight-knit cohort within the classes and university.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

To complement the core requirements, post-baccalaureate students also take Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a class designed for and taught exclusively to them by faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This course encourages students to make connections between what they learn in the core premedical courses and Medical Tutorials with applications and careers in medicine.

Additional Coursework

To gain clinical and research experience, students enroll in Medical Tutorials with faculty members at the School of Medicine. Students may also take advanced-level and elective courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health or through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Our MCAT preparation course, provided at no additional cost, is tailored to our students’ needs.


The flexibility of the program and the vast array of offerings at Johns Hopkins allow us to customize each student’s program of study to complement his or her background. In turn, our students acquire the strongest possible preparation for medical school, taking into consideration their interests, completion of required science courses, relevant electives, and medical experience.

Students who majored in a science-related field, such as engineering, and took some of the required courses and earned strong grades, may take advanced science courses and electives.

The individual course of study appropriate for each applicant is discussed in detail during the interview process.

Program Length

Because the curriculum is customized for each student, the timetable can vary. Students generally complete the program within 9 to 14 months, with 12 months the most common length of time. All students must be full-time.

Students wishing to take full advantage of the vast resources at Johns Hopkins, including enrolling in courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, can adapt their schedules accordingly.