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.

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 with laboratory sections. Courses such as anatomy, biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology fulfill this requirement.

Two (2) semesters of organic chemistry with at least one laboratory section OR one (1) semester of organic chemistry and one (1) semester of biochemistry with at least one laboratory section.

Additional Coursework Recommendations

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 upper division courses in both microbiological and macrobiological sciences.

Our recommended prerequisites are a means to assess competencies and are not specific course requirements. The purpose of our recommended prerequisites is to identify individuals with the competencies necessary for success in our medical curriculum. We expect competitive applicants to demonstrate academic strength in the following areas:

•    Biochemistry
•    Genetics
•    Human anatomy
•    Human physiology
•    Mathematics or statistics
•    Organic chemistry
•    Physics
•    Social sciences

Letters of Recommendation

We require a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation (or a committee letter) and allow a maximum of five (5) letters. Please submit only the letters you wish. There is no advantage to submitting more than the minimum three letters of recommendation.

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. The author 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 a student applies from a university that provides a composite letter from a premedical program, that letter will be accepted in fulfillment of our letter requirement.
Applicants are encouraged to have letters prepared early in the application process and include their AMCAS ID numbers on the letters.

Personal Experience

Your application must include at least 200 documented hours of personal experiences and include activities that demonstrate your preprofessional preparation for medical school. The AMCAS application will allow you to discuss up to 15 work and experience activities. The following themes comprise the areas we feel best align with our mission and solid preprofessional preparation for our medical curriculum.

  • Clinical exposure and employment
  • Volunteer and service activities
  • Leadership and community involvement
  • Research, publications, and awards

These activities are a significant opportunity for applicants to explore a variety of medical environments and grow both personally and professionally.

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

The CASPer test is not required and is completely voluntary. This exam is an optional component, and is not in any way required as part of your application to the CMU College of Medicine.

We believe that taking the CASPer test can benefit our applicants. Most notably, the CASPer test is excellent preparation for medical school interviews. We believe that this exam will help individuals feel more comfortable in the multiple mini-interview format employed at Central Michigan University.
CASPer does not factor into our application evaluation process. Please do not delay any portion of your application in anticipation of taking the CASPer test. If you decide to take the exam, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Test dates are available beginning in the summer. A complete list of test dates is available on Please note that there are a limited number of test dates and times. These are the only test dates available.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to

Secondary Applications

Select applicants will be invited to continue the application process by submitting a secondary application. Information concerning the secondary application will be emailed. The deadline to submit the secondary application will be noted in the email. Secondary applications are submitted via our online portal. Once an applicant's secondary application and supporting materials are received, the application will be reviewed. While we make every effort to provide final decisions as early as possible, it is possible that an applicant could remain without an interview decision until February.