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Requirements and Process

Requirements

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In order to be considered for admissions, all applicants to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University are required to complete a mandatory online 90 minute computer-based test (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.  CASPer assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement our other applicant screening tools. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

To see an example of the test structure, schedule your test, and take CASPer on your chosen test date, please visit takeCASPer.com.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

Please make sure you take the test as soon as possible to ensure you are considered for admissions. 

Applications are accepted from individuals who are US citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who do not have a felony explanation on their AMCAS application.

All prerequisites must be graded credits earned at a college or university located in the United States or Canada and accredited by a regional accrediting agency. 

The courses deemed essential for admission to the College of Medicine are:

 

  Semesters

  Quarters

  English*

  2

  3

  Inorganic Chemistry + labs

  2

  3

  Organic Chemistry + labs**

  2

  3

  Physics + labs

  2

  3

  Biology/Zoology + labs

  2

  3

  Mathematics

  2

  3

  Additional science***

  2

  3


*The English requirement may be satisfied by literature courses or by writing courses

**One semester of biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic chemistry.

***May be satisfied by additional courses in the natural sciences or mathematics, or by courses in the social sciences.  
***Biochemistry is strongly recommended.

All prerequisites must be graded credits earned at a college or university located in the United States or Canada and accredited by a regional accrediting agency. In general, courses earned at foreign institutions and at nationally-accredited institutions are not acceptable. Credits earned in Study Abroad programs are acceptable if they appear on the transcript of a regionally accredited college or university along with the number of credits awarded for each course. AP credit may be used for some of the requirements but in those cases it is expected that the student will take higher-level courses in that discipline.

Online courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis and preference will be given to applicants who have done the majority of their preparation at the senior college level.

A bachelor's degree or higher from an institution with regional accreditation is required for admission to the College of Medicine.

Courses in the sciences and mathematics that are recommended but not required for admission include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and statistics. The College of Medicine strongly encourages all applicants to broaden their education and supplement required coursework in math and science by pursuing their own individual academic interests. Majoring in the sciences does not confer an advantage over those applicants majoring in the social sciences or humanities.

MCAT scores are required to complete your application. Applicants must take the exam no later than September of the year preceding the one in which they hope to enter the College of Medicine. Scores from exams taken before 2015 will not be considered. For information about the MCAT exam, registration dates, test dates, exam sites, practice tests and the MCAT fee structure and assistance program, visit:   http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat 

All letters of recommendation must be sent to us from AMCAS. Since our entire admissions process is electronic, letters mailed/emailed from the writer or hand-delivered directly to the Office of Admissions cannot be added to the applicant's electronic file and, therefore, will not be used in the admissions process.

The College of Medicine prefers to receive a committee letter through AMCAS authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor which is a composite or summary evaluation of the applicant's readiness and personal suitability to study medicine.  Alternatively, letters may be sent to us from AMCAS as part of a "letter packet", or individually. In either case, we require a minimum of three letters from faculty members who have taught the applicant. Two of these letters must be written by science faculty members while the third can be written by either a science or non-science faculty member.

Additional letters may be submitted if they provide truly unique information or insight into the applicant's qualifications to study medicine. These letters must be provided to us by AMCAS and may not be substituted for required letters.

For more information about submitting letters of recommendation through AMCAS, see the instruction manual for completing the AMCAS application or visit:  https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/how_to_apply/130656/letters.html

Process

Below is the process.

Applicants must begin the application process by completing an AMCAS application on the web. For information about the AMCAS application process and for instructions about how to open an account and complete an AMCAS application, go to: http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas

Applicants must designate the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as a school to which they want their application sent. This site also contains information about AMCAS deadlines, the fee assistance program, and general information about applying to medical schools. The completed application must be submitted to AMCAS by November 15.

All applicants who submit a verified AMCAS application will be directed by email to an internet address where they can complete and submit a secondary application online. The non-refundable application fee ($30) may be paid securely online by credit card. When deciding whether or not to complete the secondary application, all applicants should keep in mind that the College will give preference to those applicants with truly competitive cognitive credentials, highly desirable personal traits, and compelling life experiences. In this regard, applicants are encouraged to compare their credentials with those of the latest entering class located elsewhere at this web site (see 2016 Class Profile). The information on the secondary application is collected to supplement the information presented on the AMCAS application and consists primarily of reflective analyses of personal experiences undertaken by the applicant. Secondary applications submitted after December 31 will not be considered.

It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all application materials and supporting documents are received in the Office of Admissions on time. 

Each completed application (AMCAS application, letters of recommendation, MCAT score, secondary application, and CASper score) will be screened and scored by a team of evaluators within the College of Medicine. CESCOM takes pride in conducting a Holistic Review of applications submitted.  Factors evaluated at this point include applicant’s attributes, community service, values, educational background, GPAs, MCAT scores, rigor of the educational program(s) undertaken, breadth of life experiences, research, and, yet not limited to the meaningfulness of direct patient contact experiences as well as other experiences.

The scores assessed in the screening process will be used to send invitations for an interview with the College of Medicine. 

Formal interview days are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between mid-September and February. Formal interview days begin with introductory presentations, two 30 minute interviews, followed by lunch with students, and tours.

Applicants will receive two 30-minute interviews, each conducted by members of the College of Medicine. One of the interviews is exploratory and evaluative in nature. The other interview is presented in a situational-behavioral format.

Lunch with current students will be provided. After a tour of the simulation center and the teaching facilities, the day concludes with a wrap-up session. Formal interview days begin at 8:30AM and conclude in the mid-afternoon around 3PM.

Factors assessed during the interview include both personal attributes and physician traits. Personal attributes include interview presence, communication skills, assessment of patient contact experiences, motivation to attend the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and a holistic assessment of any attributes the applicant possesses that would add to the diversity of the physician workforce. Physician traits assessed at the interview include responsibility, honesty, respect for others, self-awareness, altruism and intellectual curiosity.

The admissions committee uses a rolling process to reach admissions decisions for applicants. Once the application materials are sent to the Admissions Committee one of three outcomes will be reached for each applicant: 1) acceptance, 2) placement on the alternate list, or 3) not accepted.

The decision reached by the admissions committee will be communicated to the applicant by the Office of Admissions. 

 



Last Modified 7/27/17