Most 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
The Brandeis Premedical Board process helps students to prepare important portions of their application, including their list of activities with narrative descriptions, and their personal 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 early as possible.
Application Services for Different Health Professions
|Type of Program||Application Service|
|Allopathic Medical (MD)||American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)|
|Osteopathic Medical (DO)||American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)|
|Dental||American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)|
|Physician Assistant (PA)||Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)|
|Podiatry||American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS)|
|Public Health||Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)|
|Veterinary||Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)|