College of Medicine Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the CMU College of Medicine, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • Complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application
  • Complete and submit scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Complete an undergraduate baccalaureate degree with a strong record of academic performance.

Select applicants will be invited to continue the application process by submitting a secondary application. The secondary application will be emailed, and the deadline for receipt of the secondary application will be noted in the email.

Please visit Your Path to the College of Medicine for detailed information about our admissions process.

Core Competencies and Prerequisites

Students admitted to the Central Michigan University College of Medicine should be prepared for a challenging medical curriculum and the demands of a rapidly changing health care environment.
We use a holistic admissions process and seek to admit students who have personal characteristics and interests that align with the CMU College of Medicine mission. Our holistic review process balances the applicant's academic portfolio with other aspects of their application, such as the capacity for using critical thinking and logic, an understanding of the principles of ethics, personal values, and the qualities necessary for successful development into a compassionate, skilled physician able to serve the needs of a diverse and changing population.
We encourage applicants to review the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students for additional information.
The Central Michigan University College of Medicine encourages individuals to discover personal areas of academic interest through their curricular and extracurricular activities. We believe the field of medicine offers opportunities for applicants from varying backgrounds, experiences, and academic pathways. Students should allow personal interests and passion to dictate their choice of an undergraduate major.

Basic Science Requirements

Two (2) semesters of Biological Science (courses such as Anatomy, Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, etc., would fulfill this requirement) and two (2) labs are required.
Two (2) semesters of Organic Chemistry (at least one lab) OR one semester (1) Organic Chemistry and one semester (1) Biochemistry (at least one lab)

You should view our recommended prerequisites as a means to develop competencies and not as specific course requirements. The purpose of our recommended prerequisites is to identify individuals that can exhibit the basic competencies needed to be successful in our medical curriculum. These include demonstrated academic strength and rigor in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences

Admission to the CMU College of Medicine is very competitive in nature. In addition to the courses listed above, we expect our most competitive applicants to be successful in a variety of courses; including significant experience in upper level courses that will help prepare them for our medical curriculum and the MCAT.

Letters of Recommendation

We require a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (or a committee letter) with a maximum of 5 letters. The following requirements apply to the letters of recommendation:

  • Each letter should be written by an author who knows the applicant through a professional relationship or association, and must have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications, skills, attributes, and values.
  • Letter authors must be professionals whose background enables them to determine the applicant's qualifications.
  • If students apply from a university that provides a composite letter from a premedical program, the composite letter will be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to have letters prepared early in the application process, and include their AMCAS ID numbers on the letters.

The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

The CASPer exam is not required and completely voluntary, it is not required in anyway as part of your application process to the CMU College of Medicine.  CASPer does not factor into our evaluation process.  Please do not delay any portion of your application in anticipation of taking the CASPer exam.  If you decide to take the test, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Test dates are available beginning in the summer.  A complete list of test dates is available on

We believe that taking the CASPer exam can benefit our applicants, most notably we believe that the CASPer test will help our applicants in their preparation for the multiple mini interview (MMI), as well help them feel more comfortable in the MMI format employed at CMU.

You can see examples of the test structure or schedule your test by visiting Please note that there are a limited number of testing dates and times and these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. 

Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the “Support” button on the website.

Secondary Applications

Select applicants will be invited via our online applicant portal to submit a supplemental application to the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Once an applicant's supplemental application, supporting materials and CASPers results are received, the College of Medicine’s Secondary Review Committee will review the completed application materials and determine whether to invite the applicant to participate in the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process.

Personal Experiences

Your application must include at least 200 documented hours of personal experiences and include activities that demonstrate your preparation for medical school and potential for success. The AMCAS application will allow you to choose from a number of work/experience categories to identify your activities, the categories listed below represent the experiences we feel best align with our mission and prepare you for our medical school curriculum.

  • Clinical experiences
  • Volunteer activities and community service
  • Leadership
  • Research
These activities are a significant opportunity for to applicants to explore a variety of medical environments and grow both personally and professionally. This portion of your application is very important in determining your fit with the mission, vision, and values of the College.