About 20 of the BS/MD programs don’t require the MCAT at all. Here is a list of those BS/MD programs that don’t require the MCAT.
That means that most of the programs do require the MCAT. However, each program handles that requirement differently. Some BS/MD programs require that students take the MCAT but don’t require any minimum score. Most of the programs that require a minimum score to advance to the medical school require a 30 on the MCAT.
When I am working with students applying to medical school through the traditional approach I always advise them that to be the most competitive they will want to have at least a 30 on the MCAT. Higher than a 30 is preferred.
Since a 30 on the MCAT is the minimum for traditional medical school, requiring a 30 to advance to the BS/MD program is not so bad. Students in these programs do not have to worry about getting the highest possible MCAT score. They just need the minimum score.
I understand that students want to avoid the MCAT if possible. To do well on the test requires a great deal of studying. But having a minimum score of 30 allows a student to avoid the stress of getting the highest possible score. Moreover, many of the BS/MD programs that require the MCAT also provide MCAT prep as part of the program. The medical schools really do want the students admitted to these programs to succeed.
There are a few programs that require an MCAT score higher than a 30. If you are considering one of those programs, you need to be very aware of that requirement and the risk that you may not score at that higher level.
Wanting to avoid the MCAT is a legitimate reason to apply to a BS/MD program. But, the bottom line is that most BS/MD programs provide an advantage over traditional medical schools even if the MCAT is required.