Selection Process


Competitive files will be reviewed by the admissions committee.  The admissions committee procedures utilize a blinded review, so applicant demographic data is unknown (i.e. race, age, gender, etc.).  Each file is reviewed by members of the committee.

The selection committee looks for a balanced application by reviewing key criteria such as cumulative GPA, science GPA,  and direct patient care experience followed by overall academic record, service to underserved (meaning disadvantaged, minority, or under-represented populations), essay responses, knowledge of the profession, fit with the program goals and mission, and recommendation letters.

As the committee completes file review, candidates are selected for an interview.  The interviews are generally conducted during the months of October, November, and January.  Those selected for an interview are invited to a candidate open house held in the month they are interviewed.  Candidates come to campus to meet program faculty, staff and current students, and to view the facilities.

As interviews are completed, seats in the incoming class are offered.  The cohort class will be filled between the months of October and January.  A list of alternates will be selected in January to fill seats that accepted candidates may not claim.  All applicants are notified of their final status by mid-February.

Accepted candidates must complete and pass a background check prior to matriculation and annually through the program.  Failure of the background check may result in dismissal from the program.