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Application Process

The application process will be changing for the upcoming 2018/2019 Postbac admission cycle. Prior to starting the admission process, please check back here for updates in mid-October.


Requirements

Prior to matriculation in the LKSOM postbaccalaureate program, applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada, and have demonstrated academic achievement in a competitive undergraduate setting. Official transcripts should indicate the final degree awarded and are required for matriculation.

The successful BCMS applicant will have:

  • No more than 8 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics pre-medical courses. Note: This does not include Mathematics nor does it include courses offered by allied health programs.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence in completed coursework and superior standardized test results. The 2017 matriculants had an average GPA of ~3.5 and average SAT (V+Q) >1360.
  • Science GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, including all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (BCPM) departmental courses.
  • At least one year of post-collegiate professional work experience is strongly encouraged.

The successful ACMS applicant will have:

  • Completion of all LKSOM academic prerequisites.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Science GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, including all Biology, Physics, Mathematics (BCPM) departmental courses.
  • The 2017 matriculants had an average GPA of 3.4 and more than half had MCAT scores sufficient for the conditional acceptance requirement.

Submitting Your Application


Application and Application Fee

Updates coming soon.


Citizenship

Lewis Katz School of Medicine will only consider applications from U.S. citizens or non-citizens who have permanent resident or refugee/asylee status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Applicants with permanent resident or refugee/asylee status will be required to upload this documentation to their application under Supplemental Items.


Conditions for LKSOM MD Program Acceptance

Successful completion of either BCMS or ACMS tracks requires students to achieve at least a 3.6 GPA in the Postbaccalaureate coursework. ACMS and BCMS students must also achieve a total MCAT score of at least 508, with no single section less than the 126.


Institutional Action

Applicants who were the recipient of institutional action(s) are required to indicate this on their application and submit an official statement from their institution. This letter must contain details of the event, the outcome of the institutional process, and be addressed to the Associate Dean for Admissions, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, 3500 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Applications with an institutional action will only be reviewed when this letter has been received. If an institutional action occurs after the application has been submitted, notification of the institutional action must be submitted by letter within 10 days of occurrence including details of the event.

We will only accept institutional action statements mailed directly to our office from the appropriate institutional official (Dean of Students, Judicial Officer, etc.). A statement within your pre-health committee letter does not meet our requirement.


Letters of Recommendation

Updates coming soon.

BCMS applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation:

  • Recent college graduates should submit two letters from their undergraduate institution and one letter from an employer or volunteer experience.
  • If you earned your bachelor’s degree prior to 2015, you may submit one letter from your undergraduate institution and two letters from an employer or volunteer experience.

ACMS applicants may submit letters of recommendation by various means:

  • A premedical committee letter OR a packet from a school letter compilation service, OR three individual letters are acceptable.
  • If submitting a compilation packet or individual letters, two letters are recommended from professors with whom you completed course work in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. One additional letter may be from either a non-science professor, work experience, or a service activity.
  • A premedical committee letter will meet our requirements regardless of the number of science/non-science letters included.
  • We welcome letters from research experiences, but they will not fulfill our science letter requirements.

Resume or CV

A professional resume or a CV is required. Updates coming soon.


Standardized Test Scores

SAT/ACT/GRE/MCAT

  • Applicants are required to self-report all standardized test scores within the application. If an applicant is selected for interview, then all official scores must be submitted via the appropriate testing agency.
  • SAT score reports must be requested through the College Board to be sent to the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Code: 2906
  • ACT score reports must be requested through ACT to be sent to the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Code: 3724.
  • An official high school transcript showing SAT/ACT scores may be substituted, if sent directly from the institution in an official sealed envelope.

GRE

  • If invited for interview: Official GRE score reports must be electronically requested through Educational Testing Service to be sent to Temple University Graduate School. Code = 2906

MCAT

Although the MCAT is not a requirement for admission:

  • If an applicant took the MCAT or MCAT2015, scores must be self-reported within the application. If invited for interview: Official MCAT scores must be released to the Temple University School of Medicine through the MCAT Score Reporting System (SRS)
  • MCAT scores from 2015, 2016, and 2017 are considered for admission. Applicants with MCAT scores prior to January 2015 must retake the MCAT to meet the conditional acceptance requirements.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges are required. Updates on how to submit transcripts coming soon.


ACMS Course Prerequisites

  • Biology w/ Lab                                   8 semester hours
  • General Chemistry w/ Lab                 8 semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry w/ Lab                 8 semester hours*
  • General Physics w/ Lab                     8 semester hours
  • Humanities                                        6 semester hours

* Biochemistry may substitute for Organic Chemistry II with lab

Courses designed for non-science majors or allied health students are not acceptable. 

Two pre-requisite science courses can be fulfilled with AP credits, community college courses or through a study abroad program.

Online courses cannot be used to meet any of the pre-medical requirements.


CASPer

All applicants to the Postbac program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for success in our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant selection.

The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. 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.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your AAMC ID and a government-issued photo ID. (If you do not have a AAMC ID you will have to create one HERE) You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. If you have any questions about the test, contact support@takecasper.com. CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle.