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Centralized Application Services

Most disciplines have moved to a centralized application service, which is a universal application that is submitted electronically with the main function of verifying and converting transcript coursework and grades. Depending on the discipline, however, not all schools may participate, so it is very important you research the application process for each school to which you are applying and follow their instructions.

The applications typically require biographical information, transcripts, standardized test scores, a personal statement and additional information such as extracurriculars, work and research experience.  They will also require you to designate the specific schools to which you are applying.

There isn't one deadline for applying through the centralized application service. You still need to know and adhere to the deadlines of the individual schools to which you are applying. important information to look at for a centralized application service includes how they calculate repeat applications, how the science GPA is calculated, what the fees are, what schools use it, and the earliest data you can apply.

Most centralized applications become available in May or June (public health is September). You need to wait until the previous cycle has closed and the new cycle is open before registering and starting to work on your application. If you register in the wrong cycle (too early), there is no way to transfer the information and you will have to start over in the new application cycle.

If asked as part of the application if you are willing to release your information to the pre-health advisor at your undergraduate institution, please indicate "yes." This allows us to better serve you.

Medical Discipline Centralized Application Service
Allopathic Medicine AMCAS American Medical Colleges Application Service
Osteopathic Medicine AACOMAS American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Dental AADSAS Associated American Dental Schools Application Service
Pharmacy PharmCAS Pharmacy College Application Service
Veterinary VMCAS Veterinary Medical College Application Service
Optometry OptomCAS Optometry Centralized Application Service
Podiatric Medicine AACPMAS American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
Physical Therapy PTCAS Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service
Physician Assistant CASPA Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants
Public Health SOPHAS Schools of Public Health Application Service