010:090:178, 3 credits
The MCAT/DAT course was introduced in 1993 and has played a key role in the outstanding record of success of underrepresented students gaining acceptances into highly competitive medical/dental and other health professional schools. The primary purpose of the MCAT/DAT course is to provide ODASIS students with the tools they need to achieve competitive scores on the Medical College Admission Test/Dental Admission Test, thereby significantly enhancing their chances for acceptance into medical/dental school.
Program Description (MCAT):
The MCAT course starts during the first week of September and ends in April prior to the MCAT exam. Students are provided intensive supplemental instruction in the key content areas of biology, chemistry, physics, as well as verbal and writing skills. The course is offered on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, students are required to attend classes during winter break from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and spring break from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Program Description (DAT):
The DAT course starts the first week of September and ends in December. Students are provided intensive supplemental instruction in the key content areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, perception as well as verbal and writing skills. The course is offered on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students must be current or potential Access-Med Phase I students. If you are not eligible for the Access-Med Phase I program, you may be eligible for the MCAT/DAT course if:
You are an EOF student or you were enrolled in the ODASIS programs since the first semester of freshman year and you meet the general criteria listed below.
There are no exceptions to these rules. However, if you are a transfer student, the criteria may differ for you based on the courses you have completed at your previous school. Please be certain to see an ODASIS advisor to determine your level of study and your qualifications for acceptance into MCAT/DAT course.
If you do not meet the above eligibility requirements, ODASIS offers an online version of its MCAT Prep course that is open to all Rutgers students. Please click the link below for more information.
MCAT Online: https://www.sas.rutgers.edu/cms/odasis/academics/undergraduate/hybrid-mcat-course
- Completion of one year of General Chemistry, General Biology, Organic Chemistry, and one semester of General Physics
- Completion of Genetics, or are registered to take it during the fall semester of the MCAT/DAT course
- A GPA of 3.2 or higher for Access-Med students and a GPA of 3.5 or higher for non Access-Med students
- Must register to take a writing course offered through the Rutgers University Department of English during the fall semester of the MCAT. Students may register for one of the following courses:
- 355:201 - Research in Disciplines, Topic: Science, Medicine and Society
- 355:302 - Scientific and Technical Writing
- 355:355 - Writing in Professions
- 355:342 - Science Writing
A complete application consists of:
- Completed Student Information Form
- Two essays
- Unofficial transcript
- Four letters of recommendation (two from Science/Math Professors, two from non-Science Professors)
Student applications for acceptance into the program are reviewed by a committee in August.
Please review eligibility requirements prior to applying.