SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Education - Undergraduate - Healthcare Professions

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry and Pre-Health Professions Academic Advising

The School of Biological Sciences' experienced team of advisors is knowledgeable about admission requirements and application processes for health profession programs. It is important for students considering eventual application to medical, dental, or veterinary school or other professional programs to consult early and often with a School of Biological Sciences advisor about appropriate course selection and additional preparation.

Advisors assist the student in investigating programs throughout the country and in planning an individualized undergraduate course of study.  In addition they host informational meetings/workshops about aspects of planning for a health professions career, provide information on admission exam preparation, assist in the application process and in developing a personal statement, and help the student work with Career Services to compile a letter of recommendation file. Each student receives support and encouragement during all phases of the application process. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of advisor expertise by discussing their career plans beginning with their first semester at UMKC. Please see the additional catalog section on Pre-Medicine/Pre-Health for other information.

·         Medicine

o    Allopathic (M.D.)

§  Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): https://www.aamc.org/

§  American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS): https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/

o    Osteopathic (D.O.)

§  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM):  http://www.aacom.org

§  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS): https://aacomas.aacom.org/

o    MCAT (Medical College Admission Test): https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

·         Dentistry

o    American Dental Education Association (ADEA): http://www.adea.org/

o    Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS): https://portal.aadsasweb.org/

o    DAT (Dental Admission Test): http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test/

·         Veterinary

o    Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): http://www.aavmc.org/

o    Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS): http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx

o    Required Examinations Vary by School

§  GRE (Graduate Record Exam): http://www.ets.org/gre

§  MCAT (Medical College Admission Test): https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

·         Optometry

o    Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO): http://www.opted.org/

o    Optometry Centralized Application Service (OPTOMCAS): http://www.optomcas.org/

o    OAT (Optometry Admission Test): http://www.ada.org/en/oat

·         Physical Therapy

o    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): http://www.apta.org/

o    Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS): http://www.ptcas.org

o    GRE (Graduate Record Exam): http://www.ets.org/gre

·         Occupational Therapy

o    American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA): http://www.aota.org/

o    Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS): https://portal.otcas.org/

o    GRE (Graduate Record Exam): http://www.ets.org/gre

·         Pharmacy

o    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP): www.aacp.org

o    Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS): http://www.pharmcas.org/

o    PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test): http://pcatweb.info/

·         Public Health

o    Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH): http://www.aspph.org/

o    Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS): www.sophas.org

o    GRE (Graduate Record Exam): http://www.ets.org/gre

·         Audiology

o    American Academy of Audiology: http://www.audiology.org

o    Communication Sciences & Disorders Central Application Service: https://portal.csdcas.org/

·         Nursing

o    American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/

o    Nursing Program Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS): http://www.nursingcas.org/

·         Podiatry

o    American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM): http://www.aacpm.org

o    American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS): https://aacpmas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

·         Naturopathy

o    Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC): http://aanmc.org/

 

o    Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Service (NDCAS): https://portal.ndcas.org/