Admissions Process

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Admissions Requirements

 

Prospective applicants to UMHS must meet the minimum requirements for admission outlined below. Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of study (90 semester credits) at an accredited college or university. However, it is highly recommended that applicants earn a Bachelor’s Degree prior to matriculating at UMHS.  Applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses: 

   

 PRE-REQUISITES  DURATION 
 Inorganic or General Chemistry (with Labs)  One Year
 Organic Chemistry (with Labs)*  One Year
 General Biology or Zoology (with Labs)  One Year
 Physics (with Lab)  One Semester
 English  One Year
 College-Level Mathematics (Preferably Calculus or Statistics)  One Semester

 

  

*Applicants may substitute one semester of Biochemistry for Organic Chemistry II if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at their college or university. It is recommended that additional advanced sciences courses such as Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry be taken as well. High school advanced placement courses are considered on a per case basis and may meet pre-requisite requirements.

 

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Application Checklist 

 

Begin the process by completing our online application for admission. All required supporting credentials and documentation must be received by the UMHS Office of Admissions in order to initiate an application review. 

 

A completed file consists of: 
 
  1)  Completed online application
  2)  $75 non-refundable application fee (waived for AMCAS applicants)
  3)  Signed application certification form 
  5)  Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  6)  MCAT score results (if applicable) 
  7)  Pre-Health Advisory Committee Letter or Two individual letters of recommendation 
  8)  Any other supporting credentials specifically requested by the Office of Admissions 

 

Students must complete their application online and then order all letters of recommendation and official transcripts to be sent to the UMHS North American Administrative Office:

 

University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS)
North American Administrative Office
460 West 34th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

  

Required Documents and Fees

 

Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $75.00 application fee (waived for students choosing to submit their AMCAS). The fee may be paid online or by sending a check or money order to the UMHS North American Administrative Office.  This fee is non-refundable.

 

Application Certification Form

Upon submission of the online application for admission, confirmation of receipt will be provided to the applicant via email. Included will be further instructions for completing the application file in addition to a certification form, which must be signed by the applicant and returned to the Office of Admissions.

 

Open-Ended Questions and Personal Statement

Included in the online application are several short-answer questions and a space to write a personal statement. These are an important component of the overall application and will be evaluated closely by our admissions committee when weighing a students' potential for candidacy. 

 

Official Transcripts

Applicants should request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Unofficial transcripts provided by the applicant will be accepted only for the purposes of an initial evaluation. In cases where the college/university attended is outside of North America, an official evaluation performed by a NACES-approved evaluation agency must be submitted as well.

 

MCAT Scores

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those who completed their undergraduate education in the U.S. Applicants must submit results of all MCAT attempts with their application. While not required for non-US citizens, the MCAT is strongly recommended for all applicants, specifically those who are Canadian citizens or residents. The best way to submit your MCAT score is to upload a screenshot of your scores in the document upload section of the online application. You may also print your scores and mail them to our New York office, or email it them admissions@umhs-sk.net.  Questions about the MCAT including applications, test dates, and testing locations should be directed to:

 

Medical College Admissions Test Registration
The American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243

Phone: 319-337-1276

  

Letters of Recommendation 

It is preferred that applicants who have completed their pre-medical coursework at a college or university where there is a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee submit a letter of recommendation from that Committee. Applicants who have attended a school at which there is no Pre-Professional Advisory Committee must have at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members at their university. One of these letters should be from a faculty member in the department of the applicant's major and the other should be from a science faculty member. Applicants are encouraged to submit one or two additional letters of recommendation from individuals with whom they have worked closely. These can be from faculty, employers, research mentors, or volunteer directors. Letters of recommendation in support of a UMHS applicant should be printed on appropriate letterhead, signed, and sent by mail to the UMHS North American Administrative Office. Letters of recommendation may be submitted via email by the recommender if they are in PDF format on appropriate letterhead with a signature.

 

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Application File Review

 

Preliminary Evaluation

After you have completed the online application and all of your supporting documents have been received, the Faculty Admissions Committee will conduct a preliminary evaluation of your credentials. If it is determined that you meet our minimum qualifications, you will be invited to schedule a personal interview.


Personal Interview

Qualified applicants will be contacted by an admissions counselor to arrange for their personal interview. Applicants will be given an opportunity to discuss their academic record and provide any other background information that will help the admissions committee to assess the student’s maturity, aptitude, and motivation.

 

Application Decision

Applicants can anticipate admissions decisions to be made within two to three weeks after the personal interview is conducted. Applicants will be notified by email of their official admissions decision reached by UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. The decision making timeline may be extended during semester breaks and holiday periods. 

 

There are five decision options:

 

1)  Acceptance: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS in the requested entry term.

 

2)  Acceptance/Wait-List: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS; however, if their intended semester of matriculation is full, the applicant is placed on a wait-list and confirmed for the next available semester. If a vacancy occurs, the applicant may still attend their original intended semester.

 

3)  Acceptance to the Extended Basic Science Program (EBS): The Extended Basic Science Program is designed for entering students who wished to spread the work of the first four semesters of medical school over a five semester period instead. The EBS program is described in detail here.

 

4)  The Accelerated Review Program (ARP): This program is designed for students who have the potential to become successful physicians but need additional academic foundation work and study skills preparation to ensure their success in the rigorous UMHS medical education program. Additional details are provided here.

 

5)  Denial: The applicant has not met the minimum entrance qualifications as determined by the UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. An applicant may appeal this decision in writing, and must supply additional supporting documentation for review by the Admissions Committee.

  

Accepted Students

Upon acceptance to UMHS, students will begin to work with a designated staff member for assistance and instruction on all aspects of the enrollment process. A highly detailed Welcome Packet which contains all instructions and forms to complete the enrollment process is provided at the time of acceptance. Learn more about the enrollment process here.

 

The University of Medicine and Health Sciences admits students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability or to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the University.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability or age in the administration of its educational programs and other University administered policies.

 

 

 

 

 

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