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The Application Process

Preparing for Your Application Cycle

Many things factor into your application cycle, and we strongly recommend having frank and open conversations with one of our pre-health advisors to discuss the optimal timeline for your entrance into medical, dental, veterinary, physician's assistant, or other health professional graduate programs. Some factors you need to consider include:

  • Completing the required prerequisite courses for your professional program
  • Complying with the pre-health committee letter evaluation processes and deadlines (medical and dental) 
  • Reviewing the timeline for appropriate admissions exams
  • Considering your cumulative and BCPM GPA
  • Developing your personal statement
  • Generating a schools list
  • Calculating the cost of applying
  • Preparing for the appropriate centralized application service
  • Understanding the submission and rolling admissions process
  • Completing the secondary application process.

Medical Schools follow a holistic review process. When considering applying, you want to keep in mind some important factors that are critical to your candidacy for admission:

  1. Your Major and GPA (includes both science and non-science courses)
  2. Your Standardized Test Score (includes the MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE)
  3. Clinical/Health Care Exposure  (sustained engagement in health care settings)
  4. Community Service  (commitment to serving others, volunteer/extracurricular)
  5. Leadership Qualities (taking on responsibilities and deeper level of involvement)
  6. Letters of Recommendation (committee letter/individual letters of recommendation)
  7. Strong MCAT Score (prepare early and prepare often; be familiar with MCAT content)
To review specific application processes, deadlines, and requirements, here is a list of centralized application services for health professional programs: