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What Is the MCAT and Do You Need to Take It?

If you’re a nurse, you probably have friends or colleagues in the medical professions who are talking about studying for the MCAT, the Medical College Admissions Test, and you may be wondering if you need to take it.

The short answer is “no.” There’s no need to take the MCAT to become a registered nurse, nor to work as a travel nurse.


If you want to advance your career as a nurse by receiving advanced nursing training, leading to (for example) the master of science in nursing (MSN), the doctorate in nursing (DNP), the nurse practitioner (NP) designation, you will need to take an advanced test such as the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), often taking by those interested in pursuing a master’s degree or even MBA.

If you’re thinking of becoming a physician (MD or DO) you will need to take the MCAT to enter medical school.

The GRE is a very tough exam. It measures, according to the Educational Testing Service’s website, your verbal and quantitative reasoning and your critical thinking and analytic writing skills.

Still, not all advanced educational programs for nurses require the GRE. Some feel it’s not a good indicator of how you’ll do in their program; others will waive the requirement if you had a high grade point average (GPA) in college (usually 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale).

You should check with the nursing programs in which you’re interested about their specific admission testing requirements.

As for the MCAT, you’ll be required to take this exam if you’re thinking of taking your medical career in an entirely new direction – to that of the physician.

Check out the American Association of Medical College’s (AAMC) website for more information on taking the MCAT.

If you have questions about the types of opportunities working as a travel nurse can bring you, don’t hesitate to contact a recruiter at MedPro Staffing. We sincerely look forward to discussing the positions we have available with you!