Allopathic, osteopathic and podiatric medical schools require all candidates for admission take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), an exam that is administered each year in January and March through September by the Association of American Medical Colleges. You should not take this exam until you have completed all pre-medicine and pre-dentistry courses, typically during the spring of your junior year.
If you are interested in dental medicine, you are required to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), which is offered in the spring and fall of each year.
Most allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, and dental medical schools use centralized application services. Through these centralized services, you submit a single application, which is then routed to participating medical schools. The schools complete their initial screenings of applicants, and if they are interested in you, individual medical schools request supplemental information and recommendations. Continued favorable review will lead to an interview, followed by a decision on your candidacy.
|Type of Medical School||Application Service|
|Osteopathic Medicine||American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)|
|Podiatric Medicine||American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS)|
|Dental Medicine||American Association of Dental Schools Application Services (AADSAS)|