College of Medicine / Admissions / MD / Requirements and Process


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Requirements and Process


Please read through all of the requirements first...

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:

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 December 31.

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. The College of Medicine is a public institution and is supported by the State of Florida. As a consequence, Florida residents are given preference throughout the admissions process and will constitute the great majority of students in each entering class. Approximately 16 students, however, may be admitted from states other than Florida if they have outstanding academic records, life experiences, and accomplishments that the admissions committee might find highly desirable in meeting our educational goal. To receive initial consideration as a Florida resident, applicants must declare Florida as their state of residence on their AMCAS application. There can be no exceptions to this rule. Accepted Florida applicants will be required to submit a complete set of residency documents prior to enrollment. Applicants who apply as Florida residents and who subsequently cannot provide the necessary documentation to support their claim to residency will be charged the out-of-state tuition.

Initial Classification

A Florida "resident for tuition purposes" at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is a person who has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to initial enrollment at FAU. All students "working on a master's or doctoral degree during the term for which residency status is sought at FAU shall be classified as an independent student for purposes of determining residency for tuition purposes" (Florida Statutes Section 1009.21; Florida Board of Governors Regulation 7.005; Florida Residency Guidelines for Tuition Purposes adopted by the State Articulation Coordinating Committee). Therefore, all students accepted to the College of Medicine will be considered as independent students for purposes of determining residency for tuition purposes.


Once classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes, an enrolled student may apply for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes. Reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes requires clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months, rather than temporary residency for the purposes of pursuing an education.


If you are married to a person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months, has established legal residence, and Florida is your permanent home, you are required to complete the Residency Re-classification form.

The form must be completed and signed by the student’s spouse and submitted along with a copy of your marriage certificate and proof of spouse’s Florida residency.

Important things you should know about Florida residency

  1. To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a US citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Certain other non-US citizens who are lawfully present in the United States may be eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.
  2. Applicants for residency must establish that their presence in Florida during the requisite 12-month qualifying period was for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile, rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.
  3. Evidence of legal residence and its duration shall include clear and convincing documentation that residency in Florida was for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the student's initial enrollment in the College of Medicine. Residency for tuition purposes requires the establishment of legal (documentary) ties to the state of Florida.

Claiming Florida Residency

All accepted applicants are initially classified internally as nonresidents and will be charged the higher non-resident tuition unless they satisfactorily demonstrate their status as Florida residents for tuition purposes by providing appropriate documentation. To qualify for in-state tuition as a Florida resident, you must be classified as a Florida resident by the Office of Admissions at the FAU College of Medicine. Classification will be based on the documents you submit to support your claim and all documents must be submitted by July 1st of the year of entry. Examples of these documents are listed below.

First Tier (provide as many of these documents as you have, no single piece of evidence shall be conclusive)

  1. Your Florida voter's registration card
  2. Your Florida driver's license
  3. Your State of Florida identification card
  4. Your Florida vehicle registration.
  5. Proof of a permanent home in Florida which is occupied as a primary residence by you.
  6. Proof that you have qualified for a homestead exemption in Florida.
  7. Your high school diploma or transcripts if you graduated from a high school in Florida
  8. Proof of your permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a consecutive 12-month period.

(Note: For initial classification, documents such as driver's license, voter's card, identification card, declaration of domicile and professional licenses must have been issued at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes at the College of Medicine.)

Second Tier (to be used in conjunction with documents from First Tier above)

  1. Your declaration of domicile in Florida
  2. Your Florida professional or occupational license.
  3. Your Florida incorporation documents
  4. Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization
  5. Any other documentation that supports your request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payment; or an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.

Examples of documents that may not be used

  • Parental documents or information (unless requested)
  • Hunting/fishing licenses
  • Library cards
  • Shopping club/rental cards
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport

If you have any questions about the nature of the documents to be sent or any questions about Florida residency in general, call the Office of Admissions (561-297-0440) or send an email to Keep in mind that we may require additional documents to support your claim to Florida residency.

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. The most valuable letters to the admissions committee are letters which include insightful evaluations of the applicant's persona that the writer has observed, and a brief appraisal of the applicant's academic abilities. Individual writers should also include how long they've known the applicant and in what capacity, and give some indication of how well they know the applicant.

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:

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 2014 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:

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:







Inorganic Chemistry + labs



Organic Chemistry + labs**



Physics + labs



Biology/Zoology + labs






Additional science***



*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.


The medical degree awarded by the FAU College of Medicine at the completion of the undergraduate medical education process certifies that the graduate has acquired a broad base of knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite to the practice of medicine. To achieve this end, all courses in the curriculum must be completed successfully.The technical (non-academic) standards listed here are required for matriculation, promotion, and graduation and are intended to insure that all students, with or without reasonable accommodation, can fully participate in all parts of the curriculum.In order to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes engendered by the curriculum and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, candidates for the MD degree must have skills and abilities in six areas:

  • Observation/Perception
  • Communication
  • Motor/Tactile function
  • Cognition (conceptual-Integrative ability)
  • Professionalism
  • Ethical and legal standards

A. Observation/Perception

Sensory skills necessary to perform a physical examination are required. These include functional vision, hearing, smell, and tactile sensation. All senses must be adequate to observe a patient's condition at a distance and close at hand, and to elicit information through procedures regularly required in a physical examination such as inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion. Students must be able to perceive by the use of their senses and mental abilities all information presented or conveyed in one-on-one interactions (including patient encounters), diagnostic values and findings, laboratory demonstrations, large group lectures, small group sessions and team-oriented exercises, and in written, audiovisual, and computer-based formats.

B. Communication

Candidates must be able to speak and hear clearly. They must be able to use observational skills to describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive non-verbal communications. They must be able to effectively and sensitively communicate in English in both written and oral modalities in order to interact with faculty members, classmates, other members of the healthcare team, patients, families, and others in order to elicit, convey, and clarify information, to work collaboratively, and to develop therapeutic relationships.

C. Motor/Tactile Function

Candidates must have motor function adequate to elicit information from patients using inspection, palpation, auscultation and percussion, and to carry out diagnostic maneuvers. Such skills require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and sensation. Candidates must have sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, control of the extremities, and eye-hand coordination to examine patients, provide appropriate patient care, and to attend and participate in all classes, small group sessions and team activities that are part of the curriculum.

D. Cognition (conceptual-integrative function)

Candidates must have sufficient cognitive abilities and effective learning techniques to assimilate the increasingly complex information presented in the medical school curriculum. They must be able to formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in research and diagnostic algorithms, and the treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings. Required cognitive abilities include rational thought, the ability to make analyses, including measurements and calculations, to reach rational conclusions, comprehension of visual-spatial and three-dimensional relationships, as well as ethical and clinical reasoning.

E. Professionalism

Candidates must exercise good judgment, communicate in a clear and timely way with others, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the study of medicine and to the care of patients. They must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within the law and adhere to the ethical standards of the medical profession. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, to function effectively under stress, and to display flexibility and adaptability to changing environments. They must have the emotional health to fully use their intellectual ability, exercise good judgment, and to carry out all responsibilities related to patient care. Candidates must possess sufficient emotional health to withstand stress, the uncertainties inherent in patient care, and the rigors intrinsic to the study and practice of medicine. They must be capable of regular, reliable and punctual attendance at classes and perform their clinical responsibilities in an equally dependable fashion. Candidates must be able to contribute to collaborative learning environments, accept and process constructive feedback from others, and take personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes. Core attributes of professionalism defined by the faculty of the FAU College of Medicine include altruism, honesty and integrity, respect for others, empathy and compassion, responsibility and dependability.

F. Ethical and Legal Standards

Candidates must meet the legal standards to be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida. As such, candidates for admission must acknowledge and provide written explanation of any felony or misdemeanor offense or any legal action pending against them, as well as any institutional disciplinary action taken against them prior to matriculation. In addition, any student charged with or convicted of any felony offense while in medical school agrees to immediately notify the senior associate dean for student affairs as to the nature of the offense or conviction. Failure to disclose prior charges or convictions or any new charges or convictions can lead to disciplinary action that may include dismissal.

Students with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities (as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act) may be qualified to study medicine with the use of reasonable accommodation. To qualify, individuals must be able to meet both the College of Medicine's academic and technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation. Accommodation is considered to be a means of assisting students with disabilities to meet essential standards by providing them with an Equal Opportunity to participate in all aspects of each required course or clinical experience in the curriculum. Reasonable accommodation is not intended to guarantee that students will be successful in meeting the curricular requirements.

The Use of Auxiliary Aids and Intermediaries

Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. Qualified students with documented disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations that may include involvement of an intermediary or an auxiliary aid. But no disability can be reasonably accommodated with an aid or intermediary that provides cognitive interpretation, or substitutes for essential clinical skills, or supplements clinical and ethical judgment. Thus, accommodations cannot eliminate essential program elements or fundamentally change the curriculum of the College of Medicine.

Request for Accommodation

Accepted applicants with a documented disability, and enrolled students who believe they have a disability, have the responsibility for documenting the disability and the need for accommodations. Such applicants and students will be referred to the FAU Office for Students with Disabilities. The OSD provides students with disabilities the services and accommodations needed within the framework of these Technical Standards to successfully participate in the full academic program of the FAU College of Medicine. If requested, the OSD will assist the accepted applicants and enrolled students in identifying professional resources available to make an assessment and a recommendation for accommodations. The cost of that assessment is the responsibility of the applicant/student. Documentation of the disability should be submitted to the OSD. Students must register with the OSD to receive authorized academic support services, providing documentation of the disability and undergoing an intake interview. An OSD representative will collaborate with the senior associate dean for student affairs and the senior associate dean for medical education and clinical affairs to insure that the requested accommodations are reasonable within the structure and goals of the curriculum


Below is the process

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 "2015 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 January 15 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, and secondary application) will be screened and scored by members of the admissions committee. FAU takes pride in conducting a Holistic Review of applications submitted.  Factors evaluated at this point include GPAs and MCAT scores, rigor of the educational program(s) undertaken, breadth of life experiences, and the meaningfulness of direct patient contact experiences.

The scores assessed in this screening process will be used to place applicants on a ranked list to be invited for an interview. Applicants with the highest screening scores will be invited for interviews before applicants with lower screening scores. This process will continue until all available interview slots have been filled.

Since the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is a relatively new medical school, it is important for prospective medical students to visit the College and see our teaching facilities and meet some of our students and faculty. For these reasons, regional interviews are not held. Moreover, all interviews are held only at the request of the Admissions Office.

Formal interview days are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays (selected Tuesdays) between late August and March. Formal interview days begin with introductory presentations, followed by lunch with students, tours, and interviews.

Each applicant will receive two 30-minute interviews, each conducted by a member of the admissions committee. 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 session on financial assistance and a "What will happen next?" presentation by the assistant dean for admissions. Formal interview days begin at 9AM to 10AM and end 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 factors 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 final admissions decisions for applicants. In this process, applicants who complete their application and interview early in the admissions cycle are sent to the committee for a decision before other candidates who complete the application and interview later in the cycle.  The process of reaching a final decision starts when the applicant's credentials, including a completed interview report form, which are sent to the admissions committee for a final review. Once the application materials are sent to the committee, the committee has approximately two weeks to reach a final decision. One of three outcomes will be reached for each applicant: 1) acceptance, 2) placement on the alternate list, or 3) rejection. The decision reached by the admissions committee will be communicated to the applicant immediately after (October 15) when the committee meets to officially finalize the outcome. Acceptance and rejection are self-explanatory. Being placed on the alternate list simply means that the applicant is suitable for admission and can be admitted if a sufficient number of vacancies occur in the class. The alternate list is ranked by the committee and divided into 3 categories depending on ranking.  Category A applicants will be offered an acceptance before Category B or C applicants.  FAU does not disclose ranking or category status.  

2015 Application for August 2016 Admission 

June 20

Last day for Early Decision Program applicants to take the MCAT

August 1

Early Decision Program deadline for AMCAS application and official transcripts

August 1

Deadline for receipt of Secondary Application, letters of recommendation, and any other supplemental materials for Early Decision Program applicants


All interviews for Early Decision Program

October 1

Early Decision Program applicants notified of decisions by this date

January 1

Submit FAFSA as soon as possible on or after this date

August 2016

Classes Begin

Early Decision Program

May 5

AMCAS application is available online to be filled out and transcripts may be sent to AMCAS

June 3

AMCAS application may be submitted


Beginning of interviews for regular admissions applicants

September 12

Last day for regular admission applicants to take the MCAT

December 15

Deadline for AMCAS submission

December 31

Deadline for receipt of Secondary Application, letters of recommendation, and any other supplemental materials for regular admission applicants

January 1

Submit FAFSA as soon as possible on or after this date

April 30

According to AAMC traffic rules, students may hold only one acceptance after this date

August 2016

Classes Begin

Regular Admissions


Last Modified 11/8/16