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Centralized Application

Allopathic Medicine

AMCAS stands for the American Medical College Application Service. With very few exceptions, allopathic medical schools subscribe to AMCAS, which is the central medical school application service. Students fill out one common application on-line, indicating the schools to which they wish to apply. AMCAS forwards copies of the common application to the schools indicated by students. The AMCAS application may be accessed in the spring and submitted in early June. In early summer, students who are applying to non-AMCAS schools may phone or write the schools or open the application on-line.

The AMCAS application consists of a page of biographical information, a page (or more) of course work information, and a section on activities and a personal statement. The application is in some respect an exercise in detail. The first date that students may begin transmitting the AMCAS application is June 1st. Students may however send official transcripts to AMCAS beginning in May. Again, because of the rolling admission process used by so many professional schools, it is very important for applications to be submitted to AMCAS as soon after the June 1st acceptance date as possible.

TMDSAS: Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service
TMDSAS is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the state of Texas.

Osteopathic Medicine

AACOMAS The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans and various other member councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education. The application is very similar to the AMCAS application service described above.


AADSAS The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) lets you apply to 55 participating dental schools with one online application. AADSAS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized form, relieving applicants of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental schools benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants. Currently 54 U.S. dental schools and one Canadian dental school participate in AADSAS. 

Veterinary Medicine

VMCAS Today, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges coordinates the affairs of all 28 U.S. veterinary medical colleges, four Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine, nine departments of veterinary science, seven departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, and six international veterinary schools. The association represents more than 4,000 faculty, 5,000 staff, 10,000 veterinary students, and 3,000 graduate students at these institutions. In July 1995, the association launched its Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). VMCAS is the central distribution, collection, and processing service for applications to the veterinary medical colleges. VMCAS has enjoyed steady growth during its short time in existence, and it is proud to be known as one of the most reliable centralized application services available.

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