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Applying to a Health Professional School Victoria C. Ukachukwu, Ph.D. Director, Health Professions Program Department of Natural and Physical Sciences Caldwell College. 120 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell. NJ 07006
General Advising Session February 22, 2012
How Do I Apply? Apply through the online Applicant Service of the school you to which you wish to apply. The online portal collects application materials and coordinates all parts of the application process to health professional schools
What are Applicant Services? Online portals for application to health professional schools: AMCAS – Allopathic Medical Schools (May 1) TMDCAS – Texas Medical and Dental Schools (May 1) AACPMAS – Podiatric Medical Schools AADSAS – Dental Schools (June 1) https://portal.aadsasweb.org/ AACOMAS – Osteopathic Medical Schools (May 1) https://aacomas.aacom.org/ VMCAS – Veterinary Schools (Deadline is October 1)
How to Use Applicant Services Portal 1. Before You Apply: Read the Application Instructions carefully. If you are applying to the Fee Assistance Program, do that first. 2. Begin the Application: Enter Identifying Information, Schools Attended, and Biographic Information. 3. Entering your Course Work: Use a personal copy of your official transcript from each school you attended after high school. 4. Work/Activities: Enter up to 15 experiences (work, extracurricular activities, awards, honors, publications, etc…) including the date, hours per week, a contact, the location, and a description of the experience. 5. Letters of Evaluation: Enter information regarding each letter of evaluation submitted. Up to 10 letter entries may be created.
How to Use Applicant Services Portal 6. Schools: Select the schools to which you will apply and designate the schools you wish to receive specific letters of evaluation. 7. Essays: Compose your personal statement 8. Standardized Tests: Enter or edit future test dates, (MCAT/DAT/GRE) as well as review previous test scores, and enter any additional test information, such as new or other test scores. 9. Submitting your Application: Before submitting your application, it is strongly recommended that you using the Print Application button on the Main Menu for proofreading purposes – very few changes are permitted after submission. 10. Monitoring your Application: Check the status of application throughout the application process.
Required Application Materials Items required before your application is processed: Application Completed Application Transcripts All Official U.S. Transcripts Fee Correct Application Fee
Other Application Items Additional items required by different schools: Admission Test Scores References (LORs) References (LORs) Transcript Evaluation Foreign Transcript Evaluation TOEFL Scores Volunteer/Observation Hours
Admission/Standardized Tests Request Official Test Scores Use correct Test code for School Scores MAY also go to Applicant Service, depending on the Test code Enter Test Scores on Application Do not mix and match scores from different dates Enter planned test dates
Submit Official US Transcripts ALLEnter ALL colleges & universities attended 4-Year Institutions Community Colleges transcript request formPrint transcript request form for each school to which you are applying Registrar sends one official transcript Encourage registrar to include transcript request form Do NOT send student-issued transcripts
Enter All US Courses on Application Use a personal copy of transcripts Do NOT enter courses from memory Enter all courses on US transcripts including… Credit earned due to AP/CLEP/IB exams Audited Deferred Institutional/Departmental Exam Incomplete Courses in Progress Pass/Fail Withdrawn (WP or WF) Avoid errors …Review your entries
Calculation of GPAs Overall Cumulative GPA Undergraduate Cumulative GPA Graduate GPA GPA for Each College / University Attended GPA by Academic Status freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate, & post-BS Combined Science and Math (BCPM)GPA Science GPA (no math) Upper-Division GPA Course Subject GPAs Core Program Prerequisite GPA
Foreign Transcripts IF REQUIRED BY SCHOOL: Arrange for course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation to be sent to the Applicant Service (AS) BEGIN EARLY! It may take 4-6 weeks for agency to complete evaluation School may specify a particular agency If received, AS mails copy to your designated school(s) NOT Foreign evaluations are NOT required for Study-abroad
Letters of Evaluation (LORs) Submit up to 5-10 references Electronic references preferred Reference requirements vary by school Application file incomplete if missing references Schools may not accept late references Login to check reference status
Designating Letters of Evaluation (LORs) Within each application, identify the letters to be submitted (3 to 5). You should enter packet only once as either a: Committee Letter/Packet if you are receiving a committee letter OR Individual Letter if you are NOT using a committee letter/packet. The Committee Letter/Letter Packet Your committee letter packet from Caldwell College, includes your individual letters of recommendation that were sent to the Office of Health Professions Program and the committee letter, and is sent to the appropriate applicant service (AMCAS, AADSAS, PTCAS, OTCAS, etc) that you request If you select committee letter/packet on the application form letters drop-down menu, you should have only 1 Letter Request Form which should have the program directors name on it. Please submit the letter request form to the Office of Health Professions Program (Room 203 Raymond Hall) to go along with your committee letter
Designating Letters of Evaluation (LORs) Primary Author / Contact: Dr. Victoria C. Ukachukwu, Director, Health Professions Program, Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ if your committee letter is from Caldwell College. Additional Authors: Enter the authors of the other letters in the packet. You may add up to 9 additional authors. Institution Information: Enter Caldwell College if your committee letter is from Caldwell College or another institution that is providing your committee letter. Releasing Your Letters: Print the letter request form and submit to Dr. Ukachukwu if you request a committee letter from Caldwell. In order to get your letters released to schools, you also have to fill out a release form available from Caldwell College. The earliest students can submit this form is July1. Submit form to Dr. Victoria Health Professions Program, 203 Raymond Hall, Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006
Caldwell College The Committee Letter/Interview Requirements for the Committee Letter: Letters of Recommendation 3-5 Letters of Recommendation in your file by March 15 Personal Statement Submit a DRAFT copy of your personal statement for review by Committee by March 15 Committee Interview: Schedule a date for your Committee Interview to discuss issues including: - Knowledge of medical and health issues - Communication skills - Personality/compatibility with healthcare - Exposure/volunteer experience - Motivation
The Personal Statement What personal qualities and experiences have motivated you to pursue this field of health professions?
When Should I Begin the Process? Begin the application process in the spring (March). Ensure that LORs are complete Prepare Personal Statement, (review & scrutinize before submitting) Review Official Academic Transcripts Take the Standardized Test (MCAT, DAT, GRE, PCAT, etc) in the spring, if prepared. Schedule Committee Interview (by March15)
Application Timeline: March - April - May Fine tune your Personal Statement. Have a colleague review your personal statement. Check web site for school listings. Check MSAR & individual school web sites.
Application Timeline: May - June Timeline Finalize School List: Realistically assess your candidacy. Include some upper, middle, and lower range schools to balance your selection: 1.GPA 3.6 & above = upper 20% of schools selected (MCATS 33 +) to 3.5 = middle 50% schools selected (MCATS 29 +) or lower = lower 30% schools selected (MCATS 28+)
Application Timeline: Submission May 1: Most online application portals open June 1: Submission of application begins Note: Print and submit copy of application: 1) Director office 2) Self.
Early Decision Program Deadline for most schools is August 1 st Check with individual school for LOR and Secondary deadline. Binding option for applicants Not all programs participate in Early Decision If accepted, applicant cannot apply to other programs If denied or moved to general status, applicant can apply to other programs DO NOT WAIT until DEADLINE:
Application Fee Application Fee – varies with program (About $30-$50/school!!! Plan accordingly). Fee Waiver/Fee Assistant Program - apply before starting your application
Application Timeline: August - September Complete and send supplemental applications and materials Complete and send correct $$ supplemental fee. DO NOT WAIT until DEADLINE
Academic Updates to Application Enter updated summer & fall 2012 grade Send updated 2012 transcripts to Applicant Service as soon as available Academic Update Dates: check Applicant Service for dates Timeline to update your coursework is limited Applicant Service will send an updated courses & GPAs to schools.
Secondary Application Deadlines Application deadlines to medical schools range from August 1 to December 15. Keep deadlines & fees for each school on your list organized. Remember: June 1 st be prepared to submit application
Caldwell College: LOR TIMELINE March 15 th : All LORs received in office including letters (3 Caldwell College Professors – Bio, Chem, Organic, Physics; 2 others from your previous life experiences - humanities professor, and/or employer, volunteer/ research)
Caldwell College Committee Letter Timeline: June - July March 15: 5 LORs in file; Submit Forms #1; #2; and Draft Personal Statement March - April 5: Interviews for Committee Letter (Note: Deadline to schedule interview is March 15) May 1 : Submit Intent to Apply Form to Program Director June 1 – June 30: Provide copy of Submitted Application and Letter Request form, and Consent Form July 1: Committee Letters Sent to Schools
Remember... Send Thank You Notes/ s to recommenders. Monitor your application. Call schools to inquire about interviews. Be familiar with the institution you are interviewing at. The interview begins the minute you walk on campus (maybe even before-train, etc).
Finally… Notify Program Director when accepted!!!