Application Process

You are about to begin your Health Professions Application Journey and we are sure you have a lot of questions! The Center for Health Sciences Advising is here to guide you through the ENTIRE process! There are a lot of steps to take during this journey, we have done our best to lay them out in 9 steps below. In order to receive guidance from the Center you must follow these steps. 

Applications start the Spring of Junior year for those who expect to matriculate immediately after graduation. Students who wish to take a Gap Year and matriculate a year later would start the process during Senior Year.

Important Information for the 2024-2025 Cycle:

Current Juniors & Seniors of Notre Dame, be on the look out for our sign up email in November from, if you plan to apply to a Health Profession in the 2024-2025 cycle. We will have our 'Kick Off' Meeting in November where we start the 2024-2025 cycle. You will meet the Pre Health Advisors and be informed on the requirements, if you want the Center for Health Sciences Advising to guide you through the entire process.

Alumni of Notre Dame, you will sign up for the 2024-2025 cycle on the homepage of our website in November. 

The application process takes approximately 15 months.

Make sure you sign up for the SCPP 40001-01 Preparing for Health Professions offered every spring. 

Your committee letter for Dental, Medical, and Podiatry schools will be formulated by one of the advisors in the Center, Father James K. Foster, CSC, M.D.Kathleen J.S. Kolberg, Ph.D., or Maureen Dawson, Ph.D. One of them will be writing your committee letter. It would be wise to get to know them when you are ready to apply to a Health Profession (Junior & Senior Year of your undergraduate career).

If you are a First Year or a Sophomore at the University of Notre Dame looking over this content, please keep in mind this is just an overview for you. Use this as reference to what is expected out of you, your Junior or Senior Year of your undergraduate career. 

We assist each student with the Health Professions Application process by:

  • Advice on the process
  • Specific coaching on preparation
  • Information about specific schools and program
  • Continuous updates on trends regarding careers, training, and health care
  • Composing the overall committee letter and managing of recommendations letters

The following 9 steps are for students at the University of Notre Dame. These students would be in their Junior or Senior Year (undergrads) ready to apply to a Health Profession that upcoming cycle.

1. Sign Up

Juniors and Seniors of the University of Notre Dame will be sent a sign up form via email in November. You will be denied access to this form if you are a freshman or a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. If you are a Sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, applying through FlexMed or any other program, please email to gain access to these forms. You must fill out the required Sign Up Form, the Intent & Questionnaire Form to receive guidance from the Center. We will not create a file for you until all forms have been completed.

2. Submit Intent to Apply & Questionnaire (1 Form)

  • This form will be released via email to you immediately after you Sign Up. This form is complex and is for students who have done the required steps to put themselves in a strong place to apply to a Health Profession this cycle. The form is due by Jan 31st. Sign Up for Spring 2023 | SCPP 40001-01 Preparing for Health Professions | If you are a current student or an alumni who has taken this course previously, or applying to Dental, PT, OPT, OT, PA, MPH, PHARM and Nursing please email to gain access to our Google Drive where we upload class materials. Dental, PT, OPT, OT, PA, MPH, PHARM and Nursing should not take this class for credit as the quizzes and homework are aimed at the medical admissions details. You may be added to our Google Drive so that you can access those materials that pertain to your application. These would include the sessions on interviews, selecting recommenders, etc.
  • Intent to Apply 
    • This form will help you organize the information needed for the primary applications.
    • The Intent form tells us which programs are of interest to you, your state of residence and what your activities have been.
    • You will also list your preliminary list of schools and your list of recommendation writers.
    • Carefully fill out this form and learn to categorize your experiences.
    • Your recommenders may also want a copy of this form so keep a copy for yourself. Type the answers on the provided PDF and save on your computer.
  • Questionnaire
    • Carefully reflect upon these questions and fully answer them.
    • These questions will help you prepare to write your personal statement and to answer questions in interviews.
    • We use this extensively in our interviews and letter writing.
    • The more self awareness it conveys, the better for letter writers.
    • Your recommenders may also want a copy of this form so keep a copy for yourself. Type the answers on the provided PDF and save on your computer.

3. Health Professions Pre Application Interview (Required to Receive Committee Letter)

  • January through first week of May, the Pre App Interviews are occurring. First week of February the Center typically is completely full with interviews until May.
  • Once the Intent to Apply & Questionnaire Form has been turned in, you will schedule a 1 hour Health Professions Pre Application Interview. This is required for students/alumni who are seeking a Committee Letter. These interviews will be with one of the following advisors: Fr. James FosterDr. Kathleen Kolberg, and Dr. Maureen Dawson
  • Please physically stop by 219 Jordan Hall of Science (office hours 8am to 4pm) to schedule your Pre Application Interview. Those that are not local may call the office to schedule. 
  • Interviews are scheduled on a first come, first served, basis beginning in January. Scheduling late will put the applicant at a disadvantage in the process.
  • 219 Jordan Hall of Science is the location of the Pre Application Interview. Or over zoom for those that are not local. 
  • Out of the 3 advisors conducting the Pre Application Interview, whomever you meet with will write your Committee Letter. 
  • This interview is to make sure you have all requirements completed prior to applying to a Health Profession. 
  • Formal attire is not required for this interview, but be presentable.
  • This is the perfect time to ask all your questions, as the advisors will have limited availability to meet again during the cycle. 

4. Take MCAT

January through May

5. Request Supporting Letters of Evaluation

6. Submit Primary Application

  • June for Medical, Dental, and PA 
  • July through September for Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Post bac nursing, podiatry, optometry, public health, and audiology
  • Applications must be submitted on time through a service or to schools depending on the application.
  • It is important to fill out the application completely and accurately, without typos.
  • Timing is important – look at the deadline of your selected schools, including rolling admissions.
  • MCAT scores of at least 127 across the board are good.
  • DAT scores above 20 are good.
  • Reputation of undergraduate school is a factor in the initial screening. Notre Dame has had a strong preprofessional training reputation with more than medical centers and for close to a century.

7. Submit Secondary Application

  • July through October
  • The application is meant to demonstrate knowledge of and fit for a particular school.
  • Questions vary by school. In general, they are trying to ascertain why you are choosing this specific school.
  • This stage is highly variable. Some schools send secondary applications to everyone. Some schools pre-select their applicants.
  • Fill out the forms as quickly as possible.
  • Fees range from $50 to $195.
  • Convince the admissions committee that they want to meet and interview you.

8. Med School Interviews

  • Can start as early as August and run as late as April.
  • You must receive an interview in order to be considered for acceptance at medical schools.
    • Budget for this travel and a suit
  • Practice
  • Read and prepare (the course will help for medical school)
  • After reviewing secondary applications, applicants may be offered an interview, placed on hold for further consideration (usually a result of waiting for summer/fall grades or repeat MCAT scores), or accepted, rejected, or put on hold.

9. Get Accepted

  • October 15 through the first week of classes
  • After the interview, the applicant can be accepted, placed on hold for further consideration (because of grades or committee conversations), placed on the waitlist (with changes most likely between May 15 and June 15 and just before classes begin), or rejected.
  • Depending on the application, students may hold multiple acceptances until a certain date. For AMCAS (MD schools outside of TX), students must give up all but one before April. Traffic Rules 
  • Texas can hold multiple acceptances through January.