AMCAS The American Medical College Application Service is the centralized medical school application service for MD and MD/PhD programs at US-accredited medical schools (with the exception of Texas state schools). Students fill out one common application which is then sent to all the schools applicants indicate.The AMCAS application may be accessed each year in early May and submitted beginning in late May.
The AMCAS application consists of a section on biographical information; a section outlining all of your coursework, a section on your work and extracurricular activities, and a personal statement. Students fill out the section on their coursework and then send copies of all postsecondary transcripts to AMCAS for verification. Although applicants cannot submit their application until the end of May, they may send their official transcript(s) to AMCAS beginning in May. It is very important for applications to be submitted to AMCAS early in the application cycle (preferably in June). All schools use a rolling process when it comes to interview invites and thus applicants want to be ready for consideration as early as possible.
TMDSAS - The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service is the centralized application service for applicants to all of the medical dental and veterinary schools in the state of Texas. The application opens in early May and may be submitted starting in mid-May. Again, because of the rolling admission process used by so many professional schools, it is very important for applications to be submitted to TMDSAS early in the application cycle, preferably in June. Osteopathic Medicine
AACOMAS - The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service is the centralized application service for all of the schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States. The application is very similar in content to the AMCAS and should be submitted in June or early July.
AADSAS The Association of American Dental Schools Application Service is the centralized application service for all of the dental schools in the United States. The content of the AADSAS is similar to AMCAS and other centralized application services. The application opens in early May and can be submitted in late May.
VMCAS- The Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service is the centralized application service for veterinary schools in the United States as well as many schools abroad.The content of the VMCAS is similar to AMCAS and other centralized application services. The VMCAS opens in late January and the first submission is in mid-May.
Physician Assistant Programs
CASPA- The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants is the common application which allows applicants to apply to a number of PA programs. CASPA opens in late April every year. Most but not all PA programs participate with CASPA.
SOPHAS - The Schools of Public Health Application Service is the common application for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health which represents CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. The SOPHAS application opens in late August.
PTCAS- The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service is the common application run bythe American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). PTCAS allows applicants to apply to most DPT programs. The PTCAS application opens in mid-June.
OTCAS The Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service is the common application that allows applicants to apply to most OT programs.
OptomCAS The Optometry Centralized Application Serviceis the common application used to apply to all US colleges of optometry
PharmCAS The Pharmacy College Application Service is the centralized application service to apply to mostPharm.D. programs