The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) web site should be considered “home base” for students considering a career in medicine. It contains very useful information about medical school and has links to other valuable sites.
The MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements) is an essential publication for all students considering a career in medicine. It is an authoritative guide to MD granting schools in the United States. The MSAR describes the application process, selection factors and acceptance information for each school. It also contains demographic information about matriculating students, specialties of recent medical school graduates, contact information, and other useful data. Follow the link below to purchase an online subscription of the MSAR.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a requirement for all students applying to medical school. See the links below for information about the MCAT and to register for the exam. Students typically take the MCAT following their junior year in college. Students should be aware that the scope of the MCAT exam will change beginning in 2015, to include questions about the natural, social and behavioral sciences.
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a centralized application center for students applying to MD granting schools. Start here to begin the application process.
Students considering schools of Osteopathic Medicine will find useful background information at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) website. Students who wish to apply to Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine should refer to the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS).
The link below, found at the American Dental Association website, provides a listing of all dental schools in the United States, plus links to the homepages of each school. Admission requirements vary somewhat among schools, and most of these homepages contain links to specific requirements for their school and their admission process. Contact information is provided for all schools should students need additional information.
The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is required of all students who plan to attend dental school in the United States. The links below provide general information about the DAT plus a test guide.
The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) is the centralized application service for most dental schools in the United States. Follow the link below to guide your application process.
Students Interested In Physician Assistant Programs
General information about careers as a Physician Assistant can be found at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) website.
The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) website contains a link to an online map of PA programs in each state and contact information for each program. Follow the “Publications” tab to find instructions for ordering the Online PA Programs Directory, a comprehensive description of accredited PA programs in the United State, including specific entrance requirements and application deadlines.
Prospective PA students should use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) when applying to PA school.
Students Considering Other Allied Health Professions
The Explore Health Careers Organization website is a good starting point for students interested in other careers in the Allied Health area. Links provide useful information about many different specialties and how to identify accredited educational programs.