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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 17, 2020. We will not accept any CASPer assessments completed after this date.

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

MCAT EXAM

We will accept applications for the regular admissions cycle, from candidates who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-19 related test cancellations. For these candidates, the committee will process without delay, applications that otherwise meet the academic benchmarks and standards used by the committee. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available. Candidates who submitted an application without an MCAT due to COVID-19 will be required to have taken the MCAT by September 29, 2020

Early Decision Program

Candidates for the Early Decision Programs must have complete applications by the August 3rd deadline including MCAT scores. Candidates unable to meet the August 3rd deadline are welcome to apply as a regular admissions applicants.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

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

Please Note: No more than three individual letters, one committee letter, or one letter packet containing a maximum of three individual letters will be considered in evaluating your application. All letters must be included in your AMCAS application. Any changes to this requirement due to COVID-19 related restrictions will be considered on a case by case basis by the Admissions Committee.

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).

  • CMS requires at least 90 hours of undergraduate academic work at an accredited college or university prior to applying.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required prior to matriculation with the exception of DePaul Pathways program applicants.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

Required Prerequisite Courses:

  • One year Introductory Biology with accompanying laboratory (*or equivalent)
  • One year Physics with accompanying laboratory
  • Two-year Chemistry sequence that includes all three of these chemistry disciplines
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory
    • Organic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory
    • Biochemistry (accompanying laboratory recommended but not required)
  • Two courses in Behavioral/Social Sciences - First-year Psychology and Sociology courses strongly suggested

Recommended Prerequisite Courses:

  • 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. We will accept pass/no pass grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will accept online coursework including labs recognized and verified by AMCAS, without prejudice for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.