FAQs

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Review up-to-date FAQs below related to student admissions, academics, accreditation, research programs, faculty and general questions about both the M.D. college and NSU.

How do I apply?
Primary applications are available via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Secondary applications will be available by mid-November 2017. Applicants who complete the primary application via AMCAS will receive an email notification with instructions once secondary applications are available.

What are the core academic requirements for the M.D. program?
The following courses are required for consideration:

  • Biology: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.)

  • General Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.)

  • Organic Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hrs.). Biochemistry (without lab) may be substituted for a second semester of organic chemistry.

  • Physics: 1 year (8 semester hrs.)

  • Mathematics (college level): 1 semester or 2 quarters. Calculus is not required. Statistics is acceptable.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses will fulfill the prerequisite requirements if the individual courses and credits awarded are detailed on the applicant’s college/university transcript.

Is a bachelor’s degree required for admission?
Yes, however, we do not require a major in any specific discipline.

Are there any other courses that are recommended for consideration?
The M.D. College views the social sciences, languages, behavioral sciences, and medical sciences and related courses, to be important in creating a competent and well-rounded physician. Courses in microbiology, cellular physiology, genetics, embryology, biostatistics, quantitative analysis, computer science, physical chemistry, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences, while not required, are useful in providing some essential skills and knowledge required for a comprehensive medical education.

What characteristics are taken into consideration by the Admissions Committee?
When considering applicants for admission, the entire Admissions Committee will review all appropriate information including reports from the interviews and academic, personal, experiential, and demographic data. Personal qualities such as motivation, passion, sensitivity to the needs of others, excellent oral communication skills, and maturity will receive particular attention, along with strong academic credentials.

Is the MCAT also required for consideration for admission?
Yes, for more information regarding the MCAT, please visit the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) MCAT webpage.

What is the oldest MCAT score that you will accept for the 2017-2018 application cycle?
The oldest acceptable MCAT score is from 2014.

For multiple MCAT scores, does the NSU M.D. College place more weight on the most recent total score, highest total score, or the average of all of the scores?
The highest.

How many letters of recommendation are required with the application?
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation via the AMCAS Letters Service. A premedical advisory committee letter or letter packet from your college letter service may fulfill this requirement.

From whom should I solicit letters of recommendation on my behalf?
At least one of your letters should be from a faculty member who has taught you directly (preferably in an undergraduate/graduate science or math course), and who can speak knowledgeably to your personal and scholastic abilities. Your other letters may be from a host of other sources, including faculty members, former supervisors (clinical and non-clinical experiences), advisors, etc.

Can I schedule a time to speak with a NSU M.D. College admissions professional about the merits of my application?
Unfortunately, no. We strongly encourage you to consult with the pre-med/pre-professional advisor at your undergraduate/graduate institution for advisement related to your medical school application. 

How will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
Once you have completed and submitted your secondary application, it will be queued for review. If selected for an interview, you will receive an invitation via email.

When do the interviews take place?
Generally, interviews will take place between November and April.

When can I anticipate a decision following my interview?
Normally, a candidate can expect to receive a decision within 2-3 weeks following an interview. 

What are the possible designations following an interview?
Each applicant will be designated as “accepted,” “deferred,” “waitlisted,” or “rejected.” Deferred candidates are set aside for a decision until later in the interview cycle.

Are candidates rank ordered on the waitlist?
Yes, rank order will not be revealed to applicants or any other parties.

Can I defer an offer of acceptance?
Yes, but deferrals are not automatic. Requests for deferral are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

How many students will be in your charter class?
50

Do you accept transfer students?
Not at this time.

Will international students be considered for admission?
Not at this time. Presently, we are only accepting applications from U.S. citizens and those with valid U.S. permanent resident cards (green cards). 

How much is tuition?
In-state residents: $51,129.20
Out-of-state (nonresidents): $54,373.20 

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