Application Requirements and Technical Standards (2023)

The school of medicine seeks future physicians who have mastered a broad science curriculum that includes the knowledge base and promotes the problem-solving skills required by the practice of medicine.

In addition, we seek applicants who have thoughtfully prepared to meet the social and emotional needs of patients by including in their formal education a rich exposure to the social sciences and humanities. For more in-depth information, please see the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR).

Applicants must have a 502 MCAT and a 3.2 science/BCPM GPA to be sent a secondary application.


At least 90 hours of college coursework is required to apply, and advanced placement (AP), P/F courses, and other credits are acceptable. A bachelor’s degree is required at time of matriculation.

We welcome applicants from all majors and colleges with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation. All applicants should demonstrate a high level of scholarship. The Class of 2026 average GPA is 3.76 and MCAT total score is 511.

A minimum science/BCPM GPA of 3.2 is required to be reviewed by admissions. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate science/BCPM GPA of a 3.2 and have completed at least 15 hours of either post-baccalaureate or graduate science coursework with a 3.2 average at the time of AMCAS verification will be reviewed by the Dean of Admissions upon completion.

There will be no negative impact for applicants who were required or elected to complete their coursework and/or labs online. In addition, Wake Forest University School of Medicine will continue to accept pass/fail grades.

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While Wake Forest University School of Medicine does not have specific required coursework, applicants should be able to demonstrate competence in each of the areas shown as reflected in their MCAT score. Applicants from non-science majors are strongly encouraged to complete a variety of science coursework to be a competitive applicant.

Strongly recommended courses include:

  • Biology: introductory biology, molecular/cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience
  • Chemistry: biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry
  • Physics: introductory physics
  • Mathematics: algebra, statistics
  • Psychology: introductory psychology, behavioral psychology, abnormal psychology
  • Sociology: introductory sociology, coursework with a special emphasis on health disparities
  • Humanities: foreign language (especially Spanish), philosophy (especially medical ethics), literature


Applicants must take the MCAT. Applications will not be reviewed until MCAT scores are received. MCAT scores will only be accepted if the test was taken within three years of application. The minimum MCAT required to be reviewed by admissions is a 502. The highest of the attempts are reviewed. You can review the average totals in the previous year’sclass profile.

  • For the 2023 admissions cycle, the oldest MCAT scores that will be accepted is January 2019.

Altus Suite - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills

All applicants applying to the Doctor of Medicine program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are required to complete an onlineassessment (Altus Suite) to assist with our selection process for the 2022 - 2023 application cycle. The CASPer test is all that is required. Snapshot and Duet are not required for the 2022 - 2023 application cycle.

How to Complete Altus Suite

In order to take Altus Suite, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities.

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You will require the following for both account creation and completing Altus Suite:

  • Government-issued photo ID

· Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)

  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

1. Please go to to sign up for Altus Suite for Medicine ( CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country, and register using your AMCAS ID Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID.

2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule.

a. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.

3. Ensure you haveselected Wake Forest University School of Medicine for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on

4. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.comwebsite.

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Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. Find more information regarding accommodations.

More About Altus Suite

Altus Suite is a standardized, three-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: a 60-90 minute online situational judgment test (SJT)
  • Snapshot: a 10-minute one-way interview with standardized questions
  • Duet: a 15-minute value-alignment assessment

About Casper

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

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Watch this video fora more detailed look at the Casper test.

About Snapshot

Snapshot is a one-way video interview tool that takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It is used to help programs get to know their applicants better by assessing verbal and non-verbal communication skills, as well as motivation for the profession. Snapshot includes 2 mandatory practice questions to allow applicants to get familiar with the format and to test their audio and video capabilities. After they complete the practice portion, they will move on to record responses to 3 standardized interview-style questions. Applicants have 2 minutes to record each response. They will have time to read and consider each question during a 30-second reflection period before they begin recording. All recorded responses will be submitted to the program for review.

About Duet

Duet is a 15-minute value-alignment assessment that takes input from both our program and our applicants to determine their relative alignment based on program values and priorities. Duet was piloted with GME programs in 2020, and programs found it valuable in providing additional data to highlight applicants whose values and priorities align well with their own.

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Technical Standards

Please see our current technical standards requirements (PDF).

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International Students

Applications for the MD Program are only accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. If the applicant’s undergraduate, premedical course work has been done outside the U.S. or Canada, the applicant must complete some coursework in the United States or Canada prior to applying.

Transfer Students

Wake Forest University School of Medicine does not accept applicants for transfer or for admission with advanced standing (i.e., transfer students).


What is meant by technical standards? ›

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement in regard to technical systems. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. In contrast, a custom, convention, company product, corporate standard, etc.

What is an example of a technical standard? ›

One example of a technical standard is Apple's operating system for the iPhone, which governs the interface and function of the large number of iPhone applications (apps). Apple's technical standards allow many companies and developers to provide apps that increase the iPhone's utility, value, and desirability.

What is technical standards compliance? ›

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement for a repeatable technical task which is applied to a common and repeated use of rules, conditions, guidelines or characteristics for products or related processes and production methods, and related management systems practices.

Why are technical standards important? ›

Technology standards: Ensure system interoperability while enabling product differentiation. Create new markets and expand addressable markets of existing products and technology. Allow for better cost efficiency through economies of scale and multivendor sourcing.

What are the 4 types of standards? ›

Standards can also be classified according to their degree of formality, depending on who initiates the standardisation process.
  • Formal standards. ...
  • Informal standards. ...
  • Proprietary standards.

What are the three types of standards? ›

Basic standards. Normal standards. Current standards. Attainable (expected) standards.

What are 5 examples of standards? ›

Below are a few examples of standards you can set.
  • Read at least 30 books every year.
  • Listen to one new science podcast every week.
  • Attend science or informational events in the community.
  • Meet up with individuals who are experienced in their field through networking.

What are technical standards and essential functions? ›

Technical standards are the skills and attributes expected of students. Although they are not academic in nature they may be related to academic knowledge. Essential functions are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a student must demonstrate once enrolled in the program.

What are the 7 pillars of compliance? ›

However, 7 key elements exist in virtually all legally effective compliance programs:
  • Policies & Procedures.
  • Chief Compliance Officer/Compliance Committee.
  • Education & Training.
  • Reporting.
  • Monitoring & Auditing.
  • Enforcement.
  • Responding To Issues.

What are the 3 phases of compliance? ›

The Three-Stage Preparation to Meet Compliance Requirements
  • Define and list down organization risks.
  • Continuous audit and compliance.
  • Best practices to Implement SOD.
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What are regulatory technical standards? ›

The objective of these Regulatory Technical Standard (RTS) is to define the term market for the purpose of calculating the 'general' component of market risk for equities under the standardised rules.

What are the 3 importance of standards? ›

Benefits of Using Standards

Standards ensure the safety, quality and reliability of products and services; they facilitate trade and protect our health and the health of the environment. For business, standards improve systems and processes; they reduce waste, cut costs and ensure consistency.

What are examples of standards? ›

36 Examples of Personal Standards
  • Morals. Standards of right and wrong such as the principle that you won't work for a firm that has a poor environmental record.
  • Mastery. ...
  • Self-discipline. ...
  • Work Ethic. ...
  • Work-Life Balance. ...
  • Work Quality. ...
  • Social Comparison. ...
  • Good.
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Why are standards required? ›

Standards are needed to assure safety of products, to ensure that products and materials are tailored-made for their purpose, promote the interoperability of products and services, facilitate trade by removing trade barriers, promote common understanding of a product.

What are three software standards? ›

For example, the protocols HTML, TCP/IP, SMTP, POP and FTP are software standards that application designers must understand and follow if their software expects to interface with these standards.

What are the three most popular standards? ›

What are the most popular standards? According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the top three standards are ISO/IEC 17025, the ISO 9000 family, and ISO/IEC 27001.

How many standards are there? ›

ISO stands for International Organization of Standardization. The ISO is an international body responsible for creating, setting, and promoting standards. To date it has published more than 22,600 standards and related documents that apply to all kinds of industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, and accounting.

What are objectives and standards? ›

Standards are often confused with Learning Objectives. Standards are the content and skills students need to know by the end of a school year. Learning Objectives are the content and skills students need to know by the end of a lesson.

What are levels of standards? ›

Broadly, there are four levels of standardization: Compatibility. Interchangeability. Commonality.

What are the key elements of the standard? ›

These are the five simple, yet critical, standards for your standards.
  • Reflects Reality. It's not enough to come up with the best way to do something and write it down; you also have to make sure that the new standard you've come up with actually occurs in real life. ...
  • Up To Date. ...
  • Complete & Accurate. ...
  • Understandable. ...
  • Concise.
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What are the 10 standards? ›

The 10 Professional Standards All Effective Teachers Must Meet
  • Learner development. The teacher understands how students learn and how they develop. ...
  • Learning differences. ...
  • Learning environments. ...
  • Content knowledge. ...
  • Application of content. ...
  • Assessment. ...
  • Planning for instruction. ...
  • Instructional strategies.

What are the 8 standards? ›

The eight Standards are:
  • Consumer dignity and choice. What this means for you. ...
  • Ongoing assessment and planning. What this means for you. ...
  • Personal care and clinical care. ...
  • Services and supports for daily living. ...
  • Organisation's service environment. ...
  • Feedback and complaints. ...
  • Human resources. ...
  • Organisational governance.

What are best practices standards? ›

A best practice is a standard or set of guidelines that is known to produce good outcomes if followed. Best practices are related to how to carry out a task or configure something. Strict best practice guidelines may be set by a governing body or may be internal to an organization.

How do I write an application requirement? ›

Here are some steps to follow to create a comprehensive requirement letter:
  1. Include addressee information. The top information included in the letter contains specific information about the intended recipient of your letter. ...
  2. Write an introduction. ...
  3. Add the body of the request. ...
  4. Close the letter. ...
  5. Sign your name.
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What makes a good technical requirement? ›

Requirements should be simple, specific, concise, and comprehensive. Make sure that the requirements are to the point, crisp and concise, but at the same time should also be able to convey the entire need. Brief statements make it easy to organize the requirements and also enhances readability.

How do you gather technical requirements? ›

A 6-Step Requirements Gathering Process
  1. Identify the relevant stakeholders.
  2. Establish project goals and objectives.
  3. Elicit requirements from stakeholders.
  4. Document the requirements.
  5. Confirm the requirements.
  6. Prioritize the requirements.

What are digital technical standards? ›

Standards for digital technologies – called digital standards – are all around us, enabling devices to interact with each other, facilitating the exchange of information, and describing security procedures for internet of things (IoT) devices.

What is an ISO technical specification? ›

A Technical Specification addresses work still under technical development, or where it is believed that there will be a future, but not immediate, possibility of agreement on an International Standard. A Technical Specification is published for immediate use, but it also provides a means to obtain feedback.

What are the 2 types of compliance? ›

There are two main types of compliance that denote where the framework is coming from: corporate and regulatory. Both corporate and regulatory compliance consist of a framework of rules, regulations and practices to follow.

What five 5 factors must a compliance plan include? ›

The five elements are:
  • Leadership.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Standards and Controls.
  • Training and Communications.
  • Oversight.
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What are the 4 steps in maintaining compliance? ›

  1. Step 1 :: Review the compliance and security features of your software in each of these categories. eDiscovery. ...
  2. Step 2 :: Identify your company's specific security and compliance needs and policies. ...
  3. Step 3 :: Implement your policies, settings, and management in your software. ...
  4. Step 4 :: Report & Audit.
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What are the four key compliance issues? ›

The 4 Most Common Compliance Risks and How to Avoid Them
  • Legal & Liability Concerns.
  • Data Security.
  • Business Reputation.
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What are the examples of regulatory requirements? ›

Some examples of regulatory compliance regulations include The U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation of 2016 (GDPR).

What are regulatory compliance requirements and list some examples? ›

Examples of regulatory compliance laws and regulations include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ...

What are the 3 main regulatory agencies? ›

The federal regulators are:
  • The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
  • The Federal Reserve System.
  • The FDIC.

Why is it important to apply standards at work? ›

Standard work helps to ensure that every worker is executing tasks by following the specific set of rules and processes. This helps to reduce errors, waste and risks and also facilitates problem-solving.

What are three characteristics of a good standard? ›

8 Characteristics of a good standard
  • 8.1 Introduction.
  • 8.2 Clarity and understanding.
  • 8.3 Scope.
  • 8.4 Terminology.
  • 8.5 Structure and Organization.
  • 8.6 Consistency.
  • 8.7 References to other standards.
  • 8.8 Attention to details.

How do you set a standard? ›

We cannot set a standard unless we decide what we want, what is good, what is not, what is more, what is less. We must set-up a line of increasing amounts, a variable which operationalizes what we are looking for [see 1]. Usually this variable is brought to life by a test.

Why are standards and objectives important? ›

The goals, objectives and standards components of a lesson plan help to guide the direction of your lesson plan; therefore, it is essential to make sure they are all connected to the same concepts. The goal of a lesson plan is the target you are trying to reach.

What are technical standards in education? ›

The essential abilities and characteristics described herein are also referred to as technical standards. They are described below in several broad categories including: observation; communication; motor function; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and social and behavioral skills.

What is the word meaning of technical? ›

: having special and usually practical knowledge especially of a mechanical or scientific subject.

What are the 5 standards? ›

4 The five standards are: higher-order thinking, depth of knowledge, connectedness to the world beyond the classroom, substantive conversation, and social support for student achievement (see fig. 1.).

What are the two types of standards in education? ›

Two kinds of standards are referred to -- content standards and performance standards. Content standards indicate what students should know and should be able to do.

How many ISO technical standards are there? ›

As mentioned, there are roughly 22,000 ISO standards to date, covering various industries.

What are the 3 types of technical definition? ›

There are three main types of technical definitions. Power definitions. Secondary definitions. Extended definitions.

What are technical skills? ›

Technical skills, sometimes referred to as hard skills, involve the practical knowledge you use in order to complete tasks. Some examples of technical skills are: Data analysis. Web development. Computer programming languages.

What are the main 5 components of digital system? ›

There are five basic components which include:
  • Input Unit.
  • Output Unit.
  • Memory Unit.
  • Control Unit.
  • Arithmetical and Logical Unit.

What are 4 types of digital tech? ›

Simple Examples of Digital Technology
  • Video technologies for working from home.
  • GPS, What3Words and Location.
  • 5G and Virtual Reality.
  • Smart homes.
  • Cloud and SaaS.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Deep fake and AI.
  • Bitcoin and blockchain.

What are the three 3 main components of digital transformation? ›

The three major building blocks with which companies are digitally transforming customer experience are customer understanding, top-line growth and customer touch points.
  • Customer Understanding. ...
  • Top-Line Growth. ...
  • Customer Touch Points. ...
  • Process Digitization. ...
  • Worker Enablement. ...
  • Performance Management.


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