About the College of Medicine

Welcome to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. We are an academic medical institution dedicated to providing superior education and training in order to produce highly qualified, caring physicians to serve the people of Kentucky and the nation.

One of six colleges comprising the UK Medical Center (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), the College of Medicine is located on UK's main campus in scenic Lexington, Ky. Take a virtual tour of our Medical Campus.

Academic Mission

UK’s Kentucky Medical Curriculum, a national model, relates scientific principles and concepts to the prevention of disease and to the delivery of modern, compassionate medical care. Because students with diverse backgrounds and interests pursue a variety of medical careers, the curriculum provides the knowledge and skills essential for further professional development. The Kentucky Medical Curriculum emphasizes early longitudinal clinical experiences, integration of the basic and clinical sciences, teaching in ambulatory clinic settings and primary care. UK’s curriculum uses many learning methods, including standardized patients, clinical training models, computer-assisted instruction, human-patient simulators, problem-based learning, small-group tutorials, interactive lectures and laboratory exercises.

Setting its sights even higher, UK is currently embarking upon an endeavor to further enhance its medical curriculum. Realizing that medical students rotate in and out of clinical experiences, UK recognizes that students often see glimpses or“snapshots” of chronic illness and do not witness how it affects the patient and his or her family. UK groups rotations to provide the opportunity for students to follow a patient’s care over a 16-week period.

Vision of the COM

The Vision of the College of Medicine is to:

  • Improve the health of citizens of Kentucky and beyond
  • Provide health care service in a supportive, culturally sensitive environment that exceeds the expectations of patients and their families
  • Be a model of academic innovation through continuous curriculum improvement and educational research
  • Make significant research contributions to health and science
  • Create an environment that stimulates optimal faculty, staff and learner performance
  • Promote integrative problem-solving across disciplinary boundaries
  • Enhance economic development through research and service

Values of the COM

The College of Medicine values:

  • Health and well-being of all persons
  • Compassion and respect for all persons
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge
  • Lifelong learning
  • Creativity and discovery
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Service, caring, and sensitivity to others
  • Recognition of and respect for high-quality work
  • Collaboration and teamwork


Medical science and practice involve complex relationships between physical, biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental aspects of human behavior. In the preparation for medical school, fundamental undergraduate college training in biology, chemistry, physics and English is essential. Minimal requirements are satisfied with the following or their equivalent:

  • Two semesters of studies in physics
  • Two semesters in the biological sciences
  • Four semesters in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry
  • Two semesters of English with emphasis on communication skills such as reading, writing, and speaking.

Prerequisite course work must be taken for grade options and not pass-fail. Courses in mathematics, psychology, sociology and the humanities also provide excellent preparation for medical study. Non-science majors should try to include several upper-level courses in biology, chemistry or related disciplines. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation at the College of Medicine.

In order to be well prepared for MCAT, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants complete courses in cell biology,  statistics, psychology, and sociology.

The College of Medicine strongly recommends that students obtain a bachelor's degree before entering medical school. All prerequisite course work must be earned at colleges and universities recognized by one of the U.S. Regional Accrediting Agencies. If you have questions about whether a particular course meets the prerequisite requirement you should consult with your premedical advisor. See Before You Apply for University of Kentucky premedical advisor information.  Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.

Advanced Placement Credit

The University of Kentucky recognizes examinations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program offered by high schools throughout the nation. The Admissions Committee has adopted the following policy regarding use of Advanced Placement (AP) credit for required prerequisite courses for medical school:

  • Accepted: AP biology with a score of 4 or 5
  • Recommended: Additional upper division biology with labs
  • Accepted: AP chemistry with a score of 4 or 5
  • Required: Take general chemistry labs and organic chemistry and labs
  • NOT Accepted: AP physics
  • Required: Take physics with lab
  • NOT Accepted: AP English
  • Required: Take at least two semesters of intensive writing/literature or communications/public speaking courses