Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California

To be eligible for a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) or Physician’s and Surgeon’s license, applicants must have received all of their medical school education from and graduated from a medical school recognized or approved by the Medical Board of California (with the exception listed below). The medical school’s name must exactly match the name on the Board’s list of recognized medical schools.

Effective January 1, 2013: If you did not attend or graduate from a recognized or approved medical school you may be eligible for licensure pursuant to Section 2135.7 of the Business and Professions Code . Click on the following link to obtain a copy of the statute detailing the specific licensing requirements:

Prior to submitting an application, please refer to the following list of medical schools recognized by the Medical Board of California. To locate a particular school, click on the letter for the country where that school is located.

Note: Students from some recognized international medical schools may have deficiencies in their training and will not meet the requirements for licensure in California. Any training deficiencies will require remedial training prior to licensure in California.

Warning: Some recognized medical schools that teach in their native language are opening English language medical school programs. The English language programs are not recognized unless specifically stated, e.g., "University of Pecs Faculty Medicine" and "Pecs University Medical School English Program (6-year English Program)." The English language programs must apply for recognition and receive approval from the Medical Board of California for the education received from the English language program to be eligible to qualify an applicant for licensure requirements in California.

Should you have any questions please contact the Board's Licensing Program at (916) 263-2382.