Pathways to Practice

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be considered an underrepresented minority in medicine (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska native) to apply?
Applicants do not have to identify as an URM to apply. All applicants regardless of race/ ethnicity and backgrounds are considered for Early  Assurance. 

Do I need to apply to CSU before applying to the Pathways to Practice programs?
No. Students will apply directly to the program first. If accepted, students will then be instructed on how to apply to CSU.

I received my degree(s) from a university in another country, will my credits transfer?
Students are required to have earned their bachelor's degree from a US or Canadian institution. In addition, a WES course equivalency tool should be applied. 

As a CSU undergraduate student, do I have to be in the honors program, scored at least a 26 on the ACT or have graduated top 10% of my class?
No, these requirements no longer apply.

What courses must be completed prior to starting the program?

  • General Chemistry I w/lab (or equivalent)
  • General Chemistry II w/lab (or equivalent)
  • One semester of Biology w/lab

All courses should be completed with a C letter grade or better. 

Do I have to have a MCAT score to be accepted into the program?
Depends,  the program is designed to help students prepare for the MCAT. However,candidates interested in applying for the 1-year Undergrad track, are required to have an acceptable MCAT score. 

I took the MCAT 3 years ago and scored a 500 or better - will NEOMED accept my scores?
No, scores cannot be older than three years old when matriculating to the medical school.

Am I guaranteed admission to NEOMED if accepted into the early assurance program?
No, in order to matriculate to NEOMED students must complete all required prerequisite courses, have a BCPM*** GPA of 3.4, have a program GPA of 3.4 and achieve at least a 498 on the MCAT****

Are there any fees associated with the program?
No, students will follow the same general tuition fee schedule as the University. There are no additional fees associated with the program.

Do I have to submit all of my unofficial transcripts when applying, even if I did not receive my degree from a particular college/university?
Yes, students will need to submit ALL unofficial transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are typically free and easily accessible through the university website.

I've submitted my early assurance application, what's next? 

Application Cycle Breakdown: 

September-December  Early assurance applications accepted 
January  P2P sends invitation for 1st round of interviews 
February P2P interviews conducted
March  Nomination list sent to NEOMED/ candidates interview with NEOMED
April   NEOMED notifies selected candidates/ P2P sends welcome letter
May  P2P schedules advising appointments with incoming students


*Disadvantage is defined students coming from school districts which either fall below 50% if either state average per student’s school district funding or whose students consistently perform below the 50% on state standardized testing.

**Underserved is defined as a student coming from a family meeting Ohio state criterion for low-income.

***BCPM= Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math