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Medical & Dental School Admission

Approximately 13-15 percent of students in each class apply to medical/dental school each year and the majority of them are successful in gaining admission to at least one medical/dental school the first time they apply. Many students take a gap year after completing the undergraduate degree to gain experience and strengthen their application.

Allopathic, osteopathic and podiatric medical schools require all candidates for admission take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), 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 premedicine and predentistry courses, which will likely be 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.

Application Process

Most allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, dental, and medical schools use centralized online application services. Through these centralized services, you submit a single application, which is then routed to participating medical schools. These services first verify the application then submit it to your selected schools; the schools then conduct their initial screenings of applicants. 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. Even though you may submit your application at any time during the application cycle, we recommend that you submit your primary application by July 15 if you are sure of your decision to apply in the current cycle, whether or not you have taken the MCAT or completed PAC evaluation.

Type of Medical School

Application Service

Allopathic

American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS)
Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS)

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)

Taking a Gap Year

Students can benefit from a gap year to explore career choices in medicine, medical/dental schools, and interests before applying and making a tremendous commitment. Take this time to strengthen your application with travel experiences, internships, and graduate fellowship opportunities, research, certification courses (EMT, CPR, etc.), volunteering, post-baccalaureate courses, shadowing insights, work experience in your field of interest. This is also an opportunity to add to your letters of recommendation.

Where Do Our Graduates Go?

Many of our graduates apply and gain acceptance to top medical and dental schools across the U.S. Recent graduates have attended the following.

Albany Medical College Mercer University School of Medicine
University of Arkansas College of Medicine University of Mississippi Medical Center
Baylor College of Medicine Morehouse School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Carver College of Medicine The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Oregon Health and Science University
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Creighton University School of Medicine Rush Medical College
Drexel University College of Medicine University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Emory University School of Medicine University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
University of Florida College of Medicine Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine University of Toledo College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science Uniformed Services University of Health Science
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine University of Vermont College of Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine University of Virginia School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Wake Forest University School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Medical University of South Carolina