Medical education is rigorous and intensive. It is essential that entering medical students possess academic stamina as demonstrated in healthy habits and attitudes, behavioral maturity, and cognitive ability.
**Response to COVID-19 - Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Timeline: Our application cycle timeline remains the same.
Interviews: All interviews will be conducted virtually during the 2021 Admissions Cycle.
Pass/Fail Grading: Our school will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.
MCAT: We encourage individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations, to not delay their application submission. AMCAS has announced that they are resuming MCAT examinations with scheduling opening May 7, 2020. They are committed to testing all applicants that want to test this application cycle. We will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.
UND's application and admissions procedures comply with the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Admissions Officers. We encourage you to consult and follow the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants. In addition, we expect applicants to assume responsibility for the following:
The Office’s official form of communication is email. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their email accounts and for notifying AMCAS and the Office of any email address changes. Check junk email or the spam folder just in case.
It is the applicant's responsibility to review the Admissions website to determine eligibility and competitiveness for admission into UND SMHS. Please review the Selection Criteria; if you are not a North Dakota resident, we encourage you to pay special attention to the section on Residency.
Letters of Recommendation
It is applicants’ responsibility to ensure that they submit the correct number of letters by the November 16 deadline. See Letters of Recommendation.
If your letters are being forwarded by your university advising office or career center, and you are unaware as to how your university compiles letters of evaluation, please consult your pre-health advising office prior to entering letter information to avoid complications with your application.
Completed Application Deadline
The Office is unable to assume responsibility for notifying applicants of missing credentials. If you have any concerns about the completeness of your application, please contact the Office before the November 2 deadline. If your application is incomplete at the November 2 deadline, it will be withdrawn from consideration. The deadline to receive all application materials is FIRM and NO exceptions will be permitted.
UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences admissions requirements for medical school at the University of North Dakota
Expectations of entering medical students
Medical education is rigorous and intensive. It is essential that entering medical student possess academic stamina as demonstrated in healthy habits and attitudes, behavioral maturity, and cognitive ability. The curriculum requires the student to apply foundational knowledge to the study and understanding of normal and abnormal processes of the human body and of the behavioral and social influences on these processes. In this context, medical students learn the skills of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and management of disease, health maintenance, risk assessment, disease screening, public health aspects of disease, and disease prevention. In addition, modern medicine dictates the need for excellent communication skills and the ability to work in complex interprofessional health care environments while caring for a diverse patient population and maintaining professional and moral-ethical codes.
Entering medical students will therefore demonstrate qualities aligned with competencies expected of medical students graduating from the UNDSMHS.
- An understanding of the natural science underpinnings of biomedical sciences including concepts of introductory-level biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.
- An understanding of foundational concepts of psychology, sociology, and behavioral biology.
- Skill in scientific inquiry and reasoning, critical analysis, research methods, and statistics as applied to the natural, social, and/or behavioral sciences.
- Interpersonal and communication skills.
- Commitment to working with people of diverse cultures and socioeconomic status.
- Adherence to ethical principles.
- Awareness and responsiveness to complex societal systems.
- Ability to function effectively within a team setting.
- Motivation to pursue lifelong learning.
Minimum academic requirement for UND SMHS program to MD degree
Completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The UNDSMHS requires completion of the MCAT. There is no minimum score, though performance on this standardized test is considered as part of the whole application package. The MCAT assesses preparedness in foundational knowledge, scientific reasoning, problem solving, reasoning about the design and execution of research, and data-based and statistical reasoning. Preparation for the MCAT will vary depending on the academic and personal circumstances of the applicant. Traditional MCAT preparatory courses include two semesters of general biology, two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, two semesters of physics, and psychology/sociology. Follow this link to learn more about What’s on the MCAT Exam.
The UNDSMHS does not require completion of specific academic coursework for admissions. Entering medical students must have more than an introductory level of pre-requisite knowledge and skills to master the volume and complexity of the undergraduate medical curriculum. Suggested coursework in addition to MCAT preparatory courses listed above include an extra semester of biochemistry, one or two upper level biology courses emphasizing concepts applicable to human biology, and an upper level intensive-writing course.
Experience and Attributes Portfolio
The portfolio is intended for the applicant to illustrate evidence of attributes not easily captured in transcripts or standardized tests. Documentation may be derived from formal course work, extracurricular activities, or employment. Some experiences may have sufficient depth and breadth to address more than one part of the portfolio. In such instances, unique artifacts must specifically highlight each experience.
- Written Expression
- Research or Creative Activity
- Evidence with Diverse Populations
- Medical/Clinical Experience
The Early Decision Program (EDP) is available for applicants who are residents of North Dakota and who are applying to the Doctor of Medicine program at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences for the first-time.
We encourage competitive applicants who are interested only in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences and who are a strong fit for the School's mission to apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP). To qualify for EDP, you must:
- Be a current legal resident of North Dakota for at least one year prior to application.
- Be a first-time applicant to UND SMHS.
- Be available for interview in September 2020.
- Apply only to UND SMHS. If accepted, you must matriculate to UND. If you are not accepted through EDP, you automatically will be placed in the Regular Decision applicant pool for UND SMHS and may then apply to additional schools as well.
- It is assumed that applicants who apply through EDP meet or exceed the average metrics for accepted applicants (see Frequently Asked Questions).
EDP applicants will follow all the application steps detailed above but in a shorter timeframe:
- August 3: Deadline for submission of AMCAS EDP application, transcripts, and MCAT score (by 11:59 pm, EST)
- August 17: Deadline for submission of secondary application, secondary fee payment, and all letters (by 11:59 pm, EST)
- September 2020: Interviews
- Oct 1: Acceptance notification
- October 16: Deadline to reply if offered acceptance
Your EDP application must be complete by the August 17 deadline and no updates can be made to your application after August 17, even if you are rolled into the Regular Decision pool. If your EDP application is incomplete by the deadline, you will be considered a passive withdrawal.