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 HPAC requirements and deadlines (medical and dental) for applicants seeking sponsorship
- 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.
After Applying, Now What?
The last step in the application process is your interview. After you have completed your central and supplemental applications, you will start to hear back from schools. Requests for interviews will begin as early at September and run through March. If you are invited for an interview, we offer MOCK interview appointments to help practice before the big day. The admissions committees have liked what they have seen on paper, now they want to get to know you in person. Make sure you practice interview etiquette and prepare for common questions. Know your application inside and out. Know yourself inside and out. We're here to help you prepare for this important event.
Acceptances & Rejections
Some students will get only one offer; others will get multiple. You may hold multiple acceptances until you decide where you want to go. Some students want to hear from all their schools before they make a final decision. Other students only need one acceptance and choose to withdraw their application from the remaining programs. Please note that all schools will likely require a deposit immediately to hold your spot in the class; this can range from $50 to $1,000 or more. However, by late spring (May), you will be asked to accept only one offer and decline the rest - matriculating into your favorite school. Rejections, on the other hand, are not easy to swallow. If you find you are receiving more rejections than acceptances, come in to see us; we can discuss ways to try to improve your odds of re-applying or help you explore what your next plan of action might be.
We encourage all applicants to keep us up to date on both. We want to celebrate with and for you and we definitely want to be available to help you take those next steps.
If you come to the end of the cycle, and you have not been accepted, don't be ashamed or afraid to come in discuss what to do next. Our advising also revolves around post-graduate planning.
Paying for Medical School
Financial aid is limited in medical school and medical school is financially draining; however, there are federal and private loans available. Start researching each school for program-specific scholarships or aid. Strongly consider loan repayment and forgiveness options.
Many private scholarships have a "financial need" requirement; you will be required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the government. If you would like to apply for Federal Financial Aid Programs, visit fafsa.ed.gov/.
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. American Indian and Alaska Native students enrolled in health professions programs may be eligible to apply for financial support programs. Learn more at www.ihs.gov/.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has scholarship, loan, and loan repayment programs for health professions students. For a complete list of HRSA programs, go to www.hrsa.gov/help/healthprofessions.htm.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), administered by HRSA, was established to provide high-quality care to underserved populations, such as rural states and inner-city communities. Learn more at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.