Application Services for Different Health Professions
Allopathic Medical (MD) programs
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Osteopathic Medical (DO) programs
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
MD & Dental Programs - Texas
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
Physician Assistant (PA) programs
Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Public Health programs
Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
Primary ApplicationsMost health professions schools require that students complete a computerized, primary application similar to the common application to college, which allows basic information to be collected centrally, and then transmitted to the schools to which you have applied. Each profession has a different primary (sometimes called "standardized") application.
The primary application asks you for a broad range of basic information, including:
- Biographical data such as your name, address, date of birth, citizenship, etc.
- Information about where you attended college, and grades from all of your undergraduate courses
- Activities you've engaged in since high school
- Entrance essay
Applications open at different times, so be sure to check the deadlines for each school that you apply to. Because most schools admit students on a rolling admissions basis, you are encouraged to complete the primary application as quickly as possible.