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Instructions to apply to medical and health professional schools

Important:  for health professions advising office support, you must have applied for and received a review by the Holy Cross Health Professions Advising Committee (MD/DO/DMD/DVM) or requested an advisor (other allied health programs) within the 12 months before your application.

Instructions:

 

    Instructions to apply to medical (MD/DO) school

    • Apply early:  Medical schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your AMCAS (MD) and AACOMAS (DO) materials as close to early June as possible.  August is likely too late.  For Fall 2019 medical school admission you must have your AMCAS application processed by July 31, 2018 to obtain a committee letter.
    • Consider applying to about 20-25 schools:  Use the online MSAR (MD) and Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (DO) to help guide your choices.  These resources provide acceptance rates for in and out of state applicants, special requirements, test score and GPA ranges, etc.  Also consider a ranking guide (e.g. U.S. News or Princeton Review) but remember these are imperfect and incomplete.
    • Wait for MCAT:  It is generally a good idea to wait until you have your MCAT scores in hand to apply.  Applying with a poor score can result in an unsuccessful application.  However, if you are confident you will score well, you can apply to a few schools on June 1 to start processing your application with AMCAS/AACOMAS. 
    • Complete the AMCAS (MD)/AACOMAS (DO) application.
      • Start this early, ideally in early May.  This is tedious and time consuming but it is important to do a good job.  You should be able to use parts of your autobiography in crafting your personal statement but these essay are much shorter.
      • If the instructions say to enter your credit hours directly, use course units, If you need to use a conversion:  1 Holy Cross course = 4 credits.  AMCAS asks you to report couse units as they appear on your transcript.
    • Indicate that your letter will be in the form of a "committee letter."  For DO (AACOMAS) schools, set a very late "deadline" for letters - we will get the letter in as soon as we can and this deadline is not helpful.
    • Enter Miles Cahill as the primary contact with email healthprofessions@holycross.edu (NOT Prof. Cahill's direct email)
      • If additional letters will be sent by us, do not list them as "additional authors."  We will send them from our office in one electronic packet.
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to AMCAS/AACOMAS.
      • The request form is available in the AMCAS/AACOMAS application and should be sent to the registrar's office.
    • Complete the Google Form to indicate your desired list of schools as well as your AMCAS and/or AACOMAS ID, and MCAT scores.  Submit ONCE when you have everything together, no piecemeal.
    • Inform the Health Professions Advising Office of every interview invitation you receive as well as every school that accepts or rejects you by emailing healthprofessions@holycross.edu.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.

     

    Instructions to apply to dental (DDS/DMD) school

    • Apply early:  Dental schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your ADSAS materials as close to early June as possible.  Use the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools to help guide your choices.  This provides statistics on accepted students in addition to information about each dental school in the country.
    • Wait for DAT:  It is generally a good idea to wait until you have taken your DAT to apply.  Applying with a poor score can result in an unsuccessful application.
    • Complete the ADSAS application.
      • Start this early.  This is tedious and time consuming but it is important to do a good job.  You should be able to use parts of your autobiography in crafting your personal statement but these essay are much shorter.
      • If the instructions say to enter your credit hours directly, use course units, If you need to use a conversion:  1 Holy Cross course = 4 credits. 
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to ADSAS.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Complete the Google Form to indicate your desired list of schools as well as your ADSAS Id, and DAT scores.  Submit ONCE and not piecemeal:  this will speed up the process.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
    • Inform the Health Professions Advising Office of every interview invitation you receive as well as every school that accepts or rejects you by emailing healthprofessions@holycross.edu.

     

    Instructions to apply to veterinary (DVM) school

    • Apply early:  Veterinary schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your VMCAS materials as close to early June as possible.
    • Complete the VMCAS application.
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to VMCAS.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Complete the Google Form to indicate your desired list of schools as well as your GRE scores.  Submit ONCE and not piecemeal:  this will speed up the process.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
    • Inform the Health Professions Advising Office of every interview invitation you receive as well as every school that accepts or rejects you by emailing healthprofessions@holycross.edu.

     

    Instructions to apply to physician assistant (PA) school

    • Apply early:  PA schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your CASPA materials as early as possible.  However, as PA programs have different start dates (August, January, June, etc.), program deadlines vary considerably.  CASPA provides a guideline for application dates.
    • Complete the CASPA application.
    • Consult with your Holy Cross HP advisor about which letters you should solicit.
    • Send CASPA letter of reference request links to your references (one may be your Holy Cross HP advisor and the other references.
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to CASPA.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
      • After the application cycle is over, please send us a list of the schools you applied to and the result (matriculated, accepted, interviewed, rejected) at each.

     

    Instructions to apply to nursing (RN, NP, DNP, etc.) school

    • Apply early:  NP schools often have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your materials to individual schools as early as possible.  However, as nursing programs have different start dates (August, January, June, etc.), program deadlines vary considerably.
    • There is a new centralized application service for nursing programs (NursingCAS) but not all nursing schools use it.  You may need to apply to each school individually.
    • Consult with your Holy Cross HP advisor about which letters you should solicit.
    • Send individual school or NursingCAS letter of reference request links to your references (one may be your Holy Cross HP advisor if you ask in advance).
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to the nursing schools.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
      • After the application cycle is over, please send us a list of the schools you applied to and the result (matriculated, accepted, interviewed, rejected) at each.

     

    Instructions to apply to pharmacy (PharmD) school

    • Apply early:  Pharmacy schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your PharmCAS materials as early as possible.
    • Complete the PharmCAS application.
    • Consult with your Holy Cross HP advisor about which letters you should solicit
    • Send PharmCAS letter of reference request links to your references (one may be your Holy Cross HP advisor if you arrange it ahead of time).
      • Schools vary in letter requirements.  Some will accept a committee letter, some will accept letters from PharmCAS and others require letters to be sent directly to schools.  Consult individual school websites and follow instructions carefully.
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to PharmCAS.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
      • After the application cycle is over, please send us a list of the schools you applied to and the result (matriculated, accepted, interviewed, rejected) at each.

     

    Instructions to apply to physical therapy (DPT) school

    • Apply early:  PT schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your PTCAS materials as close to early July as possible.
    • Complete the PTCAS application.
    • Consult with your Holy Cross HP advisor about which letters you should solicit.
    • Send PTCAS letter of reference request links to your references (one may be your Holy Cross HP advisor).
    • Complete the PT hours section of PTCAS so your observation hours can be verified.
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to PTCAS.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office as directed by PTCAS.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
      • After the application cycle is over, please send us a list of the schools you applied to and the result (matriculated, accepted, interviewed, rejected) at each.

     

    General instructions to apply to other schools

    • Take the entrance exam early.
      • Some schools require an entrance exam (e.g. OPT for optometry), some require the GRE, and some do not require a standardized test at all.  Take the exam early enough so you can evaluate the scores before you apply.
    • Apply early:  Many schools have rolling admissions policies.  Submit your materials as early as possible for programs with rolling admissions.
    • Most schools have their own applications.  Some schools have centralized application services.  Follow instructions carefully.
    • Consult with your Holy Cross HP advisor about which letters you should solicit.
    • Send letter of reference request links or forms to your references (one may be your Holy Cross HP advisor).
    • Send official transcripts from Holy Cross and any other places you took classes to your schools.
      • Request transcripts from registrar's office.
    • Periodically review the list of schools where you have open applications or acceptances.
      • After you are accepted at a school, if there are other schools you will definitely not go to, please withdraw your application to open up a spot for another student.
    • After the application cycle is over, please send us a list of the schools you applied to and the result (matriculated, accepted, interviewed, rejected) at each.