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Application Process

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

Applicants will receive a confirmation email when all items have been received and the application has been placed under review.


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 from all colleges attended are required once accepted and should indicate the final grades/degree awarded.

The successful BCMS applicant will have:

  • No more than 8 credits in pre-medical Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. 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 2018 matriculants had an average overall GPA of ~3.5 and average SAT (V+M) >1330.
  • Science GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, including all coursework offered through the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics (BCPM) departments.
  • At least one year of post-collegiate professional work experience is strongly encouraged.

The successful ACMS applicant will have:

  • Completion of 8 credits with lab in each of the following courses: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. Biochemistry may be used to replaced General or Organic Chemistry coursework.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Science GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, including all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics (BCPM) departmental courses.
  • The 2018 matriculants had an average overall GPA of 3.5 and more than half had MCAT scores sufficient for the conditional acceptance requirement at the time of acceptance.

Submitting Your Application Materials


Applications and Application Fee

 Applicants to the LKSOM Postbac Program are required to complete both a PostBacCAS application and a LKSOM Supplemental application.  Applications will not be considered for review until the non-refundable $30 supplemental application fee is paid online. Instructions for completing the PostBacCAS can be found HERE.


Citizenship

The LKSOM Postbaccalaureate program 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 PostBacCAS application.


Conditions for LKSOM MD Program Acceptance

Selected applicants will be invited to interview for the LKSOM Postbac Program. The Postbac Program interview is considered your medical school interview and all applicants accepted to the LKSOM Postbac Program receive a conditional acceptance to the medical school for the following fall.

Successful completion of either BCMS or ACMS tracks requires students to achieve at least a 3.60 (not rounded) GPA in the Postbaccalaureate coursework. ACMS and BCMS students must also achieve a total MCAT score of at least 509, with no single section less than 126. Only the most recent score will be considered for the conditional acceptance.


Institutional Action

Applicants who were the recipient of institutional action(s) at any previous academic institution are required to indicate this on their application and have the institution where the infraction occurred submit an official statement to the Office of Admissions. 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, MERB Suite 124, 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 uploaded through the PostBacCAS application system. Instructions can be found HERE.

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 2016, 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. Compilation packets are not accepted through PostBacCAS and may be emailed to Postbac@temple.edu.
  • 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, in addition to the two recommended science letters. 

Resumé or CV

A professional resumé or a CV is required and should be uploaded to the documents section of the PostBacCAS application.


Standardized Test Scores

Applicants are required to self-report all standardized test scores within the PostBacCAS application. If you are applying for the ACMS program with MCAT scores, you will still need to self-report SAT and/or ACT scores.

Official scores are required only for applicants selected to interview and can be submitted to Temple University via the appropriate testing agency below. Do not send official test scores until an invitation for interview has been issued. 

SAT/ACT

  • SAT score reports must be requested through the College Board to be sent to the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Code: 2906
  • ACT score reports must be requested through ACT to be sent to the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Code: 3724.
  • An official high school transcript showing SAT/ACT scores may be substituted, if sent directly from the High School in an official sealed envelope.

GRE

  • 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, applicants who took the MCAT must self-report all previous MCAT scores (old and new) on the PostBacCAS application.

  • Official MCAT scores must be released to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University through the MCAT Score Reporting System (SRS)
  • MCAT scores from 2016, 2017, and 2018 are considered for admission. Applicants with MCAT scores prior to January 2016 must retake the MCAT to meet the conditional acceptance requirements. Only the most recent individual score and total will be considered.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges attended should be uploaded to the PostbacCAS Application. Instructions can be found HERE. Official transcripts should not be sent to the LKSOM Office of Admissions until an acceptance has been issued. 


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 General or Organic Chemistry 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 is comprised of 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 with a 10 minute break permitted. Each response is graded independently, providing a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. Although there is no preparation necessary to complete CASPer,  you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

To take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection. 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 www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test(CSP10101) and reserve a test using your AAMC ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. (If you do not have an 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 from May 2018 through April 2019 are valid for this application cycle. If you previously released scores to LKSOM for your 2019 MD application, there is no need to send us the scores again.