Best Medical Schools In Charlotte, NC (Everything You Need to Know)

Charlotte is the largest city in America without a four-year medical school. Despite that, it still has plenty of great medical education offerings (and also a 4-year MD school on the way!)

This article picks the best of Charlotte’s medical schools and provides you with all the necessary information (tuition fees, programs, locations, admissions data, etc.) you’ll likely want to know.

As a med student myself, I know how valuable quick overviews like this can be!

Ready to get started? Let’s go.

All admissions data is taken from the American Association of Medical Colleges (Source). Ranking data is taken from U.S. News.

Medical Schools In Charlotte

As mentioned before, Charlotte doesn’t currently have either a 4-year allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) med school in the city. What it does have however is a clinical campus affiliated to UNC…

1. UNC School of Medicine Novant Health Charlotte Campus

Location:200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204
National University Rank:24 Research/3 Primary Care
Average MCAT:511
Average GPA:3.68
Acceptance Rate:3.9%
Tuition:$32,746 (in-state)/$60,140 (out-of-state)
Enrollment: N/A
Student-faculty ratio:2.3:1

Unfortunately, you can’t get your two years of pre-clinical done at UNC School of Medicine’s campus in Charlotte. You’ll need to go to Chapel Hill for that. But we’ve included the Charlotte campus here as it covers Year 3 and Year 4 of UNCSOM’s (MD) medical degree.

Each of the four campuses of UNCSOM has a special focus, and health equity is Charlotte’s. They train students to work in rural and under-resourced communities. Novant Health fits right in with its values of diversity and inclusion. In 2021, the health care network received six Diversity Impact Awards from the Association of ERGs & Councils.

There isn’t a way to guarantee being assigned to the Charlotte campus, but you do get to influence the decision with the submission of your preferences and reasoning for them upon applying.

Back in Chapel Hill, those first two years will take students through the Foundation Phase. These lecture-based classes will cover organs, clinical skills education, and professional development. The Charlotte campus can take over after that. Year 3 is the Application Phase, where students start clinical work in pediatrics, adults, OB-GYN, psychiatry, medicine, and surgery. This phase is also the time to dabble in specialties, and students focus more on developing their focus in Year 4, the Individualization Phase.


2. Wake Forest School of Medicine – Charlotte

Location:801S S McDowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204
National University Rank:48 Research/80 Primary Care
Average MCAT:510
Average GPA:3.68
Acceptance Rate:3.1%
Enrollment: N/A
Student-faculty ratio:2.4:1

Wake Forest School of Medicine is set to expand its Winston-Salem base, adding a new 20-acre site in midtown Charlotte with construction expected to start in 2022.

Set to open on the corner of South McDowell Street and Baxter Street, adjacent to the US-277, the initial first-year medical school cohort can expect to begin their education in 2024.

The campus will be located just short of a mile from Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. Such proximity to Charlotte’s flagship hospital grants future students access to one of the most modern, state-of-the-art facilities and learning environments in the country.

See the video below for more info on the proposed plans…


Four-Year Medical Studies Schools In Charlotte, NC

The following schools are also good matches for other medical and allied health studies in the city, as well as pre-med.

3. University of North Carolina—Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

Location:9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223
National University Rank:227 in National Universities (tie)
Average SAT score:1100-1280 (ACT 22-27)
Acceptance Rate:80%
Tuition:$6,944 in-state/$20,542 out-of-state
Enrollment: 24,175
Student-faculty ratio:20:1

UNC Charlotte started as the Charlotte Center. It was one of fourteen North Carolina colleges that were founded for veterans returning from WWII. Today, it’s the largest institution in the Charlotte region and the fastest growing university in the UNC system.

While UNC Charlotte can’t give you a medical degree, it can give you a cheaper option than UNC-Chapel Hill for your undergraduate degree and has a higher acceptance rate.

As far as other health and medical studies go, the school offers a range of related academic programs:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health Systems Management
  • Health Administration
  • Health Informatic and Analytics
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Social Work

Students aiming to become doctors can also choose their pre-health track here and a major of their choice—with no requirement to take a science major. The Pre-Health Advising Office provides guidance for all the course and school decisions you need to make along the way.

If you’re interested in an urban campus but hate traffic, UNC Charlotte has you covered. Students can ride the light rail for free.

Check out the video below for a closer look…


  • Name: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Phone: 702-687-8622

4. Queens University of Charlotte

Location:1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207
National University Rank:15 in Regional Universities South (tie)
Average SAT score:1040-1230 (ACT 20-27)
Acceptance Rate:68%
Enrollment: 1,760
Student-faculty ratio:10:1

Queens University’s story began in 1857 with the opening of the women-only Charlotte Female Institute. Since the last century, it’s shifted into a co-ed university located three miles down from that original site.

If you’re looking for a university that gives you more individual attention, Queens is worth checking out. It’s a private institution with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. More than half of its classes have fewer than 20 students. This all comes with a more expensive price, but Queens offers many scholarships to help with covering it.

They offer health and medical-related majors and minors in the following:

  • Nursing
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Health Administration
  • Music Therapy
  • Pre-Dental

Interested in studying abroad? Queens provides undergraduate students with a fund and scholarships for that. There are multiple benefits to this as a pre-med student. This can freshen up your learning experience and prevent burnout in your long academic career. Also, if you’re interested in picking up a new language to allow you to help more people directly, a little immersion goes a long way.

A unique part of the university’s general education requirements is the “Queens Advantage,” which requires joining a learning community. These student groups come together to discuss and attempt to solve complex problems, allowing students to grow individually and apply their knowledge in the real world.

Check out the video below for a quick look at Queens…


  • Name: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Phone: 702-337-2200

5. Central Piedmont Community College

Location:1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
National University Rank:N/A
Average SAT score:N/A
Acceptance Rate:100%
Tuition:$2,792 (in-state)/$8,936 (out-of-state)
Enrollment: 18,824
Student-faculty ratio:19:1

Central Piedmont (CPCC) has the oldest nursing program in the N.C. Community College system. But more unique than that is the effort they make to provide students an affordable and debt-free learning experience.

On top of offering a much lower tuition rate than a university, they offer grants and scholarships to help students bring that amount down as low as possible.

Aside from the aforementioned nursing program, they also offer health and medical studies in the following areas:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Lab Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology

Because of their Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, you can transfer up to 60 general education and major course credits to a UNC institution. This means you can save money on the first two years and then enter a UNC university as a junior. The savings can amount to $38,000 and higher. If you’re interested in this, you’ll want to take a look at Central Piedmont’s Associate in Arts degree.

The low price doesn’t mean Central Piedmont is without quality either. As proof, the 2019 graduating class of nursing students had a 100% employment rate, on top of a 100% passing rate on their respective NCLEX-RN certification exam.

Check out the video below for an introduction to CPCC…


  • Name: Central Piedmont Community College
  • Phone: 704-330-2722

6. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord, NC)

Location:401 Medical Park Dr NE, Concord, NC 28025
National University Rank:Unranked
Average SAT score:470-580
Acceptance Rate:27.6%
Enrollment: 439
Student-faculty ratio:6:1

Originally known as the Cabarrus County Hospital School of Nursing, it was founded in 1942 to meet the demand for registered nurses during WWII. Its hospital campus goes way back as well, with it starting up during the Great Depression.

Cabarrus aims to provide an individualized, hands-on, educational experience. That becomes pretty clear once you realize the student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1 and the average class size is 14. Students can get clinical experience as early as the first semester.

Besides nursing, they have the following medical and health-related programs:

  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Imaging
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Pre-Nursing

Students have access to various support services, including academic advising, tutoring, and a guided study session program. There is also a dedicated staff of financial aid experts that work to help students pay for their education.

Check out the video below for a virtual tour…