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Application Requirements

CHICAGO MEDICAL SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION AND FEE

The Chicago Medical School Supplemental Application & Fee must be completed. Upon submission you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $125.00 Supplemental Application processing fee.

COMPUTER-BASED ASSESSMENT FOR SAMPLING PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS (CASPER)

All applicants to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University are required to complete a CASPer assessment to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory. Please go to https://takeCASPer.com/ to sign up and reserve a test.

Please note that the last accepted CASPer for the Chicago Medical School is November 20, 2018. We will not accept any CASPer assessments completed after this date.

*CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. 

MCAT EXAM

The MCAT exam is required. For the 2019 admissions cycle, only scores from January 2016 or newer will be considered.  Please note: if you submit multiple exams, your most recent score will be considered for admission. Also, if you indicate a future MCAT test date, your application will be reviewed only after receipt of your most recent score.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must choose one of the following options to satisfy our letters of recommendation requirement:

  1. Three individual letters of recommendation
  2. One committee letter
  3. One letter-packet containing no more than three individual letters

Please Note: If a candidate chooses to submit three individual letters, the CMS admissions committee prefers, (but does not require), at least one recommendation from a medical professional, (not necessarily an MD), with whom the candidate has worked. A maximum of three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter of recommendation will be considered by the CMS Admissions Committee. Additional submitted letters of recommendation will not be considered by the committee. All letters must be included in your AMCAS application.

AP CREDIT POLICY

AP Science or Social Science courses for which you received course credit at your undergraduate degree-awarding institution will be considered as fulfilling the pre-medical course requirements. However, the admissions committee will expect advanced-level undergraduate courses in most of the science or social science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded (except Physics and Social Science Courses).

Special consideration will be made for current DePaul Pathways students who began their program under the former set of course prerequisites.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

  • CMS requires at least 90 hours of undergraduate academic work at an accredited college or university prior to applying.
  • The vast majority of successful applicants have earned a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.

Required Prerequisite Courses: 

  • One year Introductory Biology with accompanying laboratory (*or equivalent) - Two courses with laboratory
  • One year Physics with accompanying laboratory - Two courses with laboratory
  • Two-year Chemistry sequence that includes all three of these chemistry disciplines - Four courses
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory - One or Two courses with laboratory
    • Organic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory - One or Two courses with laboratory
    • Biochemistry (accompanying laboratory recommended but not required) - One or Two courses (laboratory recommended)

Recommended Prerequisite Courses: 

  • Two courses in Behavioral/Social Sciences - First-year Psychology and Sociology courses strongly suggested
  • One course in Statistics
  • One course in Advanced Biology (200 level or above) - Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurobiology
  • English composition
  • Other coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences

*Applicants are encouraged to gain research laboratory experience either through research or a laboratory research course.

Motivation for a Career in Medicine

We look for students who understand healthcare teams and the role of a physician on the team. This is typically demonstrated through prior employment and volunteer work.

service and Leadership

We value students who are dedicated to serving others and have demonstrated leadership potential through academic, research, or other pursuits.

Communication Skills

We look for students who demonstrate a caring attitude and strong interpersonal communication skills.