College of Medicine Admission Requirements

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

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens or permanent residents 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; honors courses will be highly regarded

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. The College of Medicine will prepare diverse, culturally competent physicians focused on improving access to high quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved regions. Our graduates will aspire to excellence in providing patient-centered and evidenced-based care to their patients and their communities. We will engage physicians in leading health care transformation, lifelong learning and team-based education. 

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. The 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, the 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.

In addition to the competencies listed above, 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 their 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.
AND
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

CASPer is an online test which assesses characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. The test includes 10-12 video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be tasked to respond to a set of questions within a time limit. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. Because it is an online test, CASPer can be taken practically anywhere.

While not required, we strongly recommend that all applicants who complete a secondary application take the CASPer situational judgment test and have their scores reported to us. This information will allow us to evaluate your application in the most thorough way possible.

You can see examples of the test structure or schedule your test by visiting t akeCASPer.co m. 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 support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the “Support” button on the takecasper.com 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.