Bacc/M.D. 2+2+4 Pathway Program


The Bacc/M.D. (2 + 2 + 4) program represents a four-year undergraduate program of study at the University of Akron leading to NEOMED with a reserved seat in medical school. The "2 + 2" portion means that candidates will apply for admission to NEOMED during their second year of study at The University of Akron. A minimum of one year of residence at a UA (post high school) is required along with course requirements, GPA, and ACT/SAT minimums to apply. 

The program consists of two Phases:

  • Phase 1 is the undergraduate curriculum 
  • Phase 2 is medical school at NEOMED

If you are not eligible to apply for the Bacc/MD Program, you can pursue a "traditional" pre-med path at The University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (BCAS). Learn more about pre-med and other pre-professional health areas at UA.

Students pursuing the Bacc/M.D. Program may pursue any of UA’s degree programs; however, it is recommended that students pursue the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. The coursework meets the NEOMED admission requirements and focuses chiefly on studies in the humanities, social studies, and all basic premedical sciences (see Frequently Asked Questions). Progress through Phase 1 is based on academic performance and development of personal maturity appropriate to assumption of professional responsibility.


Students pursuing the Bacc/M.D. Program work with the Pre-Health Adviser, Ashley Rini, to ensure they are taking the necessary coursework and engaging in appropriate extracurricular experiences to become a competitive applicant for the Bacc/M.D. Pathway.

After students apply to NEOMED in their sophomore year and are provisionally admitted to the Bacc/MD program they will complete their degree requirements, maintain required grade point averages, achieve required scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and meet all other standards of readiness for medical education during their junior and senior years before being promoted directly to NEOMED for Phase 2 of the Bacc/M.D. program. Phase 2 consists of a four-year medical school course study at the NEOMED campus and at selected clinical campuses.


The first and second years of study are devoted primarily to the basic medical sciences, e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, etc., and are conducted at the NEOMED campus in Rootstown, Ohio. In years three and four, the student develops competence in the clinical aspects of medicine through instruction provided principally at one or more of the associated community hospitals.


To apply to the University of Akron, visit our Admissions page. If you are a current UA student who would like to learn about applying to the Bacc/MD program please review the admission/application requirements here.

For more information about The University of Akron's Bacc/M.D. Program, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

After reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions page, if you have further questions, you may contact Ashley Rini the Pre-Health Adviser.