Career Development


Medical School

Applying | Services for Pre-Med Students | 
Medical School Application Timeline | Resources

Applying to Medical School

Medical school admission requirements are specific for each school. Students can obtain the requirements for their schools of interest in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), an annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The MSAR helps students to establish realistic goals and to develop an action plan for applying to medical school.

In general, most medical schools require undergraduate courses in Biology, Physics, English, and Chemistry. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is the required entrance exam. It is also desirable that applicants volunteer or intern at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical experience in the health care profession. In addition, campus clubs and activities or work experiences, both related and unrelated, will demonstrate leadership abilities and a well-rounded knowledge base.

**Please see below for links to information on Dental and Veterinary school**

Services for Pre-Med Students at Purchase College

The Career Development Center and the Pre-Med Advisory Committee work closely together to help students plan their programs and apply to medical school. The Career Development Center works with Interfolio to establish and maintain credential files for students in order to assemble the materials required for applications (including reference letters, entrance exam scores, and an autobiographical statement). Through Interfolio, students can send their credentials directly to the medical schools or to AMCAS for processing. Once the credential file is established, the student has the option of interviewing with the Premedical Advisory Committee. The interview and a student's letters of recommendation serve as the basis for a composite or summary letter of recommendation written by the Pre-Med Committee and is sent to the professional schools.

The Career Development resource library provides handouts, books, and directories on medical schools and careers. We also offer assistance with personal statements, resumes, and interviewing. Students should schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor at x6370 or stop in during walk-in hours. For more information about the Pre-Med Advisory Committee, contact the Natural Sciences Office at x6631 or at       

Medical School Application Timeline

Additional Resources

Purchase & Credential Information
The Purchase College Premedical Program
The Purchase College Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Credential Management
Credential File and Pre-Med/Pre-Health Committee FAQs.

Medical School
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Dental School
Associated American Dental Schools Application Service
Dental Admission Test (DAT)

Veterinary School
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
Veterinary Medical College Application Service

Pharmacy School
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Updated  8/2015