OzTREKK Guide to Bachelor Medical Degrees

Every year, we help hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. Because we understand their admissions requirements and application procedures, we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate streams and outline what you need to know about practicing medicine following graduation.

Practicing in Canada

Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing seminars and webinars, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. They provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars
We know that pursuing an international medical education means you have questions about what happens after graduation. During the OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinars and seminars, we discuss the following:

  • What is CaRMS?
  • Licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia
  • How to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor
  • Latest statistics about the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship placements and residency match
  • Licensing examinations in Canada and the US, what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process
  • Latest news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US and Australia
  • and more!

Related FAQsHave a question?

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

Can I apply to medical school straight from high school?

If coming straight from high school without any further studies, you are eligible to apply to all six undergraduate-entry medicine programs. Some universities require that applicants have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) no more than two years previously.

What is a “school leaver”?

“School leaver” is a term used by Australians (and those in the UK) that refers to someone who has graduated high school.

Australia offers professional undergraduate programs—like medicine or veterinary science—that may require an applicant to apply straight from high school without having any post-secondary education. In their admissions requirements, you may see “open to school leavers only,” so anyone who has post-secondary studies (completed or not), aren’t eligible to apply.

If you’re not sure if you qualify for a program, reach out! Contact us at

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

Do I need to sit an admissions test for a bachelor medical degree?

Dependent upon university. Undergraduate medical degrees in Australia do not require the MCAT. The undergraduate-entry medical programs at Monash and UWA do require the International Student Admission Test (ISAT).

Are my grades competitive for a bachelor medical degree?

Eligible candidates must have a high school diploma with an overall average of approximately 90%. This varies by university. Check the individual universities listed for details.

What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document.

What’s the difference between an MBBS and an MD program? Can I still work as a doctor?

In Australia, there are two types of medical degrees that educate and train students to become a physician enabling graduates to complete the licensing process to become a doctor: the MBBS and the MD.

The MBBS is the traditional medical degree, offered in Australia and in many countries around the world, such as the U.K. The MBBS is an undergraduate-entry medical degree that allows students to apply directly from high school. The MBBS is equivalent to the North American MD.

The MD requires students to have completed an undergraduate degree and a moderate to significant amount of knowledge coming into the program (e.g., strong anatomy understanding is expected).

Whether you complete the MBBS or the MD in Australia, both medical degrees enable you to apply to become a physician and are comprehensive programs which provide medical training and education. It all depends on where you would like to study!