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Application Process

An application will be considered complete once the following application materials have been received:

  • Application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, including any college courses taken while in high school
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Resume/CV
  • Science GPA Calculator
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

For ACMS applicants who applied to Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) for the 2018 application cycle and have granted permission on their Postbaccalaureate application, LKSOM will access:

  • AMCAS application
  • Letters of recommendation provided by AMCAS

Applicants are still required to submit the Postbac Application, including:

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Standardized test scores
  • Official transcripts from any coursework completed since submitting the AMCAS application

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

This is a self-managed application process. Therefore, applicants are expected to monitor the status and receipt of all application materials by logging into the application portal for review.

An application will not be considered for review until the non-refundable $75 application fee is paid online.


Application and Application Fee ($75)

Apply here. An application will not be considered for review until the non-refundable $75 application fee is paid online.


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

All letters must be on official letterhead with a signature, and may be submitted in any of the following formats: 

  • Electronically via your application. This can only be done after an application has been submitted and the fee paid.
  • Postal Mail - send to Office of Admissions, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, 3500 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19140.
  • Interfolio - For a fee, this online vendor service will deliver your letters.
  • VirtualEvals - Free letter service for Prehealth Advisors.

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. The resume/CV can be uploaded to the Supplemental Items Section of the application portal after submitting the application and paying the fee.


SGPA Calculator

Science Grade Point Average (SGPA) Calculator is a template for calculating course grades from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math (BCPM) departments. Your courses listed will be verified against your official transcript(s) and/or AMCAS application. All BCPM courses that received a grade should be listed, including any repeated coursework.

For BCMS applicants that have not taken any BCPM courses, enter a N/A in the first row of the form.

The Science Grade Point Average (SGPA) Calculator should be uploaded to the application under Supplemental Items Section. This can only be done after an application has been submitted and the fee paid.


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

For applicants without an AMCAS application, official transcripts from all colleges attended should be mailed to the Office of Admissions or sent via your university’s e-transcript process. For courses completed following AMCAS submission, official transcripts must be supplied. Although transcripts are accepted for coursework in progress, final transcripts are required for matriculation and must indicate the degree awarded.

Courses taken abroad with credit listed on the sponsoring institution’s transcript will be acceptable


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.