The application process and timeline varies depending on the health profession. Please check the appropriate CAS (Central Application System) to determine dates to apply and eligibility requirements.
Program-specific timelines will be posted on the individual Health Professions pages when available.
For medical and dental school, applicants apply a full year before planning to matriculate. There are a number of steps that precede and follow the submission of your application, so please review this timeline carefully.
- Meet with a pre-health advisor to assess whether you are ready to apply to medical school. If relevant, understand the implications of being an international or underrepresented student in medicine.
- Follow the current instructions for preparing your Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) application, assuming you meet the eligibility requirements.
- Begin asking faculty, supervisors and/or physicians for letters of recommendation.
- Draft your personal statement and resume. Attend an application process workshop.
- If you meet the minimum requirements, complete and submit your application for a letter of evaluation by the HPAC.
- Prepare, register and sit for the MCAT or DAT.
- Schedule and complete an interview with the HPAC.
- Research and select the schools to which you plan to apply. Be aware of how your residence should factor into your school selection.
- Complete a common application (AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, etc.) and submit it as early as possible. Most common applications may be submitted around June 1. Apply early — it really makes a difference due to rolling admissions!
- Complete secondary/supplemental applications as they are received. You should maintain careful records and keep copies of all materials relating to your applications.
- Request your HPAC letter and other letters of recommendation (if applicable) be sent to the appropriate application service and/or program.
Fall/Winter the Following Year
- Prepare for interviews with prospective schools
- Ace your interviews!