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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress:

Prerequisite Coursework
Biology or Zoology with accompanying Labs 1 year / 2 semesters required
Inorganic/General Chemistry with accompanying Labs 1 year / 2 semesters required
Organic Chemistry with accompanying Lab 1 semester required
Physics with accompanying Labs 1 year / 2 semesters required
Composition (writing intensive) 1 semester required
Behavioral/Social Sciences (first-year Psychology and Sociology strongly suggested) 2 courses required
  • Prerequisite course grades must be "C" or better.
  • The admissions committee also recommends coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, and statistics.
  • Advanced Placement credits may fulfill prerequisite requirements as long as an upper-level course in that discipline is completed.
  • We accept coursework that is graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We will accept online coursework including labs recognized and verified by a centralized application service, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bachelor's Degree

To be considered for admission, you must have a BA or BS or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree must be from an accredited institution.

Test Scores

Competitive scores on a standardized exam such as DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT or PCAT.

The BMS program will continue to accept the various appropriate graduate admissions tests (including GRE & MCAT) as posted in our admission requirements.

For candidates without an MCAT due to COVID-19: BMS will accept applications for the 19-20 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 applications that otherwise meet the academic benchmarks and standards used by the BMS Admissions committee (including other graduate admission tests if available). 

Assuming that MCAT testing resumes, all accepted candidates/students will be required to take the MCAT before that final MCAT test date Sept 28th. Students in the BMS program must understand that an MCAT score is a requirement for medical school applications. BMS Admissions Committee will review each candidate’s situation at time of admissions offer, and provide clear guidance and expectations. The BMS program has a minimum MCAT score of 496.  Candidates who receive their MCAT score after matriculation must still post a score at or higher than the program’s minimal level. Note: If you are accepted into the BMS program without an evaluation of your MCAT scores due to COVID-19 cancellations your application will undergo a second evaluation to ensure your MCAT scores are within the admission committee’s threshold.  If your MCAT scores do not meet our minimum requirements you will be able to complete the Masters program but you will not be considered eligible to apply to the Chicago Medical School.   

  • MCAT
    • For the 2019-20 admissions cycle, only scores from January 2017 or newer will be considered.  
    • MCAT scores must be provided in your application by uploading a PDF score report using the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. MCAT score reports must contain the 16-digit verification code.
    • The minimum MCAT score the BMS program will require for applicants who indicate their “Career Interest” as “Allopathic Medicine” or “Osteopathic Medicine” is a 496. If your career interest is in a field other than allopathic or osteopathic medicine, we encourage you to email us at grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu to find out if your MCAT score is competitive.
  • GRE
    • Official GRE scores must be reported through ETS to Rosalind Franklin University at Institution Code: 1117.
    • GRE results with all section scores (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing) in the 50th percentile or higher are considered competitive.
    • If you indicate your “Career Interest” as “Allopathic Medicine” or “Osteopathic Medicine”, you may apply with a GRE score in place of the MCAT. However, if admitted based on a GRE result, you will still be required to take the MCAT and earn a score of 496 or higher prior to matriculation into the BMS program.
  • DAT
    • Applicants should upload a scanned copy of their DAT results that also contains the DENTPIN number and Test Date.
    • Applicants must achieve a Total Science score of 18 or higher in order to be considered for admission to the BMS program.

CASPer Examination

All applicants are required to take the 2019-20 U.S. Professional Health Sciences version of the CASPer to “Rosalind Franklin University Biomedical Sciences”.

Candidates may submit the Biomedical Sciences application for consideration prior to taking the CASPer examination. However, your application will be placed on hold pending your official CASPer score.

Please contact us at grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu or 847-578-3204 for further advice regarding the CASPer requirement.

TOEFL

If you earned a bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. and/or you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency via an official TOEFL report that includes a total score and category scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking. (The TOEFL requirement may be waived if you have been a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.)

  • If you have a valid TOEFL score, please send directly to Rosalind Franklin University at Institution Code 1117 from ETS.
  • For the TOEFL score to be accepted, the TOEFL exam date must be no more than two years prior to the date of application submission.
  • A TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) of 100 or the equivalent is recommended for graduate school with no category score being lower than 22.

GPA

Competitive overall and science GPAs. See the BMS class profile for more information.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation written by either professors who have taught you in class or a supervisor under whom you have worked.

Alternatively, composite letters from a pre-professional committee may be submitted in place of the three individual letters.

Letters of recommendation must be directly submitted through RFUCAS by the recommenders or by a university representative in the case where a committee letter is used. If you have obtained any recommendation letters through Interfolio, please follow these instructions on how to upload letters from Interfolio to an online application system.

Any changes to this requirement due to COVID-19 related restrictions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

Transcripts

Official transcripts need to be submitted from each college, university, and community college previously attended according to these instructions.

EXPERIENCE

Applicants must communicate interest in and understanding of the medical field and its various components as well as demonstrate motivation and commitment to health care through employment, volunteer work, or other experiences. 

SERVICE

A competitive applicant will demonstrate a commitment to public service through a variety of humanitarian activities.

LEADERSHIP

A competitive applicant will demonstrate leadership characteristics through academic or community service activities. 

COMMUNICATION

Applicants must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants are eligible for admission to the Biomedical Sciences program.

However, one of the benefits of joining the Biomedical Sciences program is the opportunity to interview for admission to other degree programs at Rosalind Franklin University.

Because the Allopathic Medicine program in the Chicago Medical School will only consider applications from U.S. citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, this BMS student benefit to interview with the Chicago Medical School would not apply to international students.

International students interested in applying to any other Rosalind Franklin University programs (e.g. Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, MS in Physician Assistant Studies, or Doctor of Pharmacy programs) while in the Biomedical Sciences program may be considered for an interview and admission, assuming the applicant meets the program’s requirements.

Service Hours

As part of our admissions process, the BMS Admissions Committee often provides recommendations that help strengthen a candidate’s application after accepting the offer of admission. These recommendations are made to help the candidate present a stronger application in the future. The recommendations made on the applicant’s behalf take into account two of the core competencies: Service orientation and/or Healthcare/clinical experiences. 

If the core competencies are found to be lacking or weak by the committee we will often recommend that the applicant pursue additional experiences that demonstrate these attributes. The BMS admission committee feels that these additional recommendations are very important, but we understand that applicants may encounter difficulty obtaining or completing these experiences during this public health pandemic. Applicants should check with the academic institution they intend on applying to for any changes or modifications made to admission requirements in light of COVID-19.