North Carolina has several highly ranked medical schools at private and public universities, including three schools ranked among the nation's top 50 medical schools in both primary care and research. These schools offer programs leading toward the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree as well as a variety of master's and doctoral degrees.

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University opened its medical school in 1930. The school now offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree as well as the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree, Master of Health Sciences (M.H.S.) degrees in physician and pathologist assistant studies, clinical leadership and clinical research and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in basic sciences. In recent years, the school has received more than 5,000 applications for 100 places in the M.D. program, according to the school's website.

Duke's School of Medicine contains seven basic sciences departments and 12 clinical sciences departments. In 2010, Duke University tied for 6th in "U.S. News & World Report" magazine's ranking of research medical schools and tied for 42nd in the same magazine's ranking of primary care medical schools.

Duke University School of Medicine DUMC 3710 Durham, NC 27710 919-684-2985 medschool.duke.edu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established its School of Medicine in 1879. In 2009, the school had about 750 students, including 160 entering M.D. students. The school contains 10 basic science departments and 18 clinical departments. In addition to the M.D. program, the school also offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs in 10 basic science departments as well as in occupational science, speech and hearing sciences and human movement science. In 2010, "U.S. News & World Report" magazine ranked UNC Chapel Hill 2nd among primary care medical schools and 20th among research medical schools.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine 333 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240
919-966-4161 med.unc.edu

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Wake Forest University founded its medical school in 1902. The School of Medicine offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree programs, Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) degree programs for aspiring physicians' assistants, Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs in anesthesia nursing and certification programs in medical laboratory science and medical ultrasound. Wake Forest University tied for 33rd among primary care medical schools and 44th among research medical schools in "U.S. News & World Report" magazine's 2010 rankings.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine Medical Center Boulevard Winston-Salem, NC 27157 336-716-4264 wfubmc.edu