Best California Colleges for Students Majoring in Medicine

Medical schools in California are very competitive and require prospective students to have a bachelor’s degree as well as an an acceptable score on the medical college admission test (MCAT), for consideration into the program. On average, medical programs take four years to complete, in additional to an internship and residency at a hospital.

To receive licensure in California, a medical student must pass written and practical exams. California is home to several world-class medical schools that constantly appear among the top 50 in ranking publications.

The following are some of the renowned medical schools in California State.

Stanford University

The Stanford University School of Medicine ranks second in research according to US News and World Reports list. Stanford University is also ranked fourth in the Qs Top Universities world rankings. Stanford University has $315 million in national institutes of health funding, which translates to the highest funding pre-researcher ratio in the US. The faculty of medicine has seven Nobel Prize winners and 44 members of the National Academy of Sciences

Fun fact: Stanford University doctors performed the first successful adult heart transplant in 1968 and the first successful heart-lung transplant in 1981

Many of the courses at Stanford’s School of medicine are open to Stanford University students who have fulfilled the prerequisites. The school, also, offers MS and Ph.D. programs. The graduate programs cover a wide range of disciplines that lead to Ph.D. or MS degrees in biomedicine.

Stanford University’s Medical School at a Glance:

  • The program accredited since 1942 with about 80 students graduate every year
  • Estimated tuition and fees are apps $44,196
  • Average GPA 3.81
  • Average MCAT 34.2

University of Southern California

The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California offers several combined degree programs including MD / Ph.D., MD / MS in medical education. The school is among the top 50 medical programs in the United States. The county-based training at the University of Southern California offers an excellent opportunity for the students to gain a lot of experience, particularly with procedures. This is because the patient population at the University of Southern California is generally more open to having medical students help them.

University of Southern California’s Medical School at a Glance:

  • The doctor program is accredited since 1949
  • US world and news report rank number 36
  • Average MCAT 34.2
  • Average GPA 36
  • Tuition $47,072

University of California, Davis

At the University of California, Davis’ School of Medicine, students master seven major competencies. The curriculum at the school of medicine is broad, preparing the students to pursue any specialty afterward.

University of California, Davis features the clinical education and assessment center where medical students get firsthand training with ‘patients’ (actor who are trained to portray patients). Students can also gain additional experience in the university’s seven student-run clinics in inner-city neighborhoods.

The school offers several dual degree programs for students who want to graduate with an MD / Ph.D., MD / MPH (master of public health) of an MD / MBA. The students also have an opportunity to graduate with two specialty medical programs Rural-PRIME, which prepares the students to work in the underserved California rural communities and UC Merced – PRIME for students who desire to work in San Joaquin Valley.

University of California, Davis’ Medical School at a Glance:

  • Average MCAT 32
  • Average GPA 3.66
  • Tuition $35,933
  • US world and New Report Rank number 47

Nearly all students at University of California, Davis’ School of Medicine receive a scholarship or grant.

University of California, San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco is placed among top 10 medical schools in the world; including the best school in America for primary care and the second best for research, according to the US News and World Report. The school has four Nobel laureate on its faculty and 75 institutes of medicine members.  As a result of its prestige, the University of California, San Francisco medical school receives more than $ 500 million in national institute of health research grants annually, more than any other American School.

University of California, San Francisco’s Medical Program at a Glance:

  • Number of graduates per year 180
  • Estimated tuition; $33,000
  • Average GPA 3:71
  • Accredited since 1942

University of California, Los Angeles

The David Geffen Medical School at the University of California, Los Angeles ranks number 13 in US World and News Report’s medical rankings for research. The school features several medical programs for which students can apply. Students in the PRIME program are also awarded a master’s degree during their training.

The Davis Geffen School of Medicine is a pass / fail school. Therefore, students are not ranked based on their test scores; there are no letter grades or honors.

University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine at a Glance:

  • 170 students graduate each year
  • Tuition estimated at $33,000 per year
  • Average MCT 35
  • Average GPA 3.81
  • Accredited since 1951
  • Third highest rate of institutional aid awards

A successful medical career starts by finding the program that best fits your needs. A high school student who intends to apply to a medical school, should be academically successful as well as tour prospective universities to investigate which one will adequately serve their specific needs. Join the California College Bound tour and visit the medical schools of your choice.

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