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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Frequently Asked Questions

Admission requirements

What are admission requirements and desired applicant characteristics for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine?
The Admissions Committee seeks the following attributes:

  • Personal attributes that include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Passion for medicine
    • Communication (teamwork, cultural competence, and social awareness)
    • Intellectual excellence
    • Ethical responsibility to yourself and others
    • Leadership
  • Life experiences that include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Experience with rural and underserved communities
    • Clinical exposure
    • Adversity and resilience
    • Experience beyond the classroom
  • Academic excellence

Read the complete list of admission requirements and attributes of the successful applicant.

Is a bachelor’s degree required for admission?
Yes, but the College does not require that your bachelor’s degree be in any specific discipline. The degree must be completed by July 15 of the year you would enroll to our program. Take a look at course prerequisites to ensure that you anticipate requirements.

Effective for Entering Year 2019: If you do not have a bachelor’s degree because you enrolled in a doctoral-level (terminal degree) program from a U.S. accredited institution that did not require a bachelor’s degree for entrance, you may apply if you will earn or have earned the doctoral degree by July 15 of the year you will begin medical school.

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian institution which has received accreditation from one of the U.S. regional accreditation bodies, you may also apply (this will be verified with the applicable regional accreditation websites).

Does the ESFCOM accept online courses for prerequisites?
Our requirement is that all coursework must be completed at an accredited U.S. institution, whether it is online or in person.

Will the College accept community college classes for prerequisite course work?
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine accepts prerequisites completed at the community college level as long as they are from accredited U.S. institutions.

May I use AP, CLEP and/or IB credits to fulfill my prerequisites?
Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits that are acceptable to your undergraduate college may be used to satisfy the prerequisites.  AP, CLEP, and IB credits must be documented on an official transcript.

Eligibility for admission

How do you view out-of-state applicants?
If you do not meet a “resident student” of Washington definition, you must demonstrate ties to Washington by meeting three of these four requirements:

  • Born in Washington
  • Childhood address in Washington
  • Graduated from a Washington high school
  • Current parent/guardian lives in Washington

Review the “Connections to Washington” description on our Requirements page.

The secondary application also asks you to share your strongest or most important connections to the state of Washington and the people who live here.  If you are an admitted student with ties to Washington, you will be considered for a waiver of out-of-state fees.

Do you accept transfer students?
Not at this time.

I am an international student. May I apply?
We are only accepting applications from U.S. citizens and those with valid U.S. permanent resident cards (green cards).

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

What is the oldest MCAT score you will accept for the current admission cycle?
For students entering in fall of 2019, the oldest acceptable MCAT is from 2015.

I have taken the MCAT twice. Will you consider the most recent total score, the highest total score, an average of the scores, or the highest sub-scores between the two tests?
We consider the highest total score.

Initial application for admission

How do I apply for admission to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine?
All applicants must apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Before you apply:

  • Read about the complete application process.
  • Review admission requirements and attributes of the successful applicant. There are no waivers or exceptions to the requirements to receive a secondary application, thus, if you do not meet all of the these requirements, you will not be considered further. This should inform whether you pay the submission fee to AMCAS for our program.

When is the deadline to apply?

  • July 15: Recommended application submission date.
  • October 15 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time): AMCAS applications accepted until this time. No extensions are considered under any circumstance.
  • December 1 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time): Secondary application and fee are due.

I am a current applicant to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. May I speak to someone in the admissions office regarding my application?
Yes, please contact us at 509-358-7518 or Please note that while you are an active applicant (your application has been submitted and is still under consideration), we will not conduct any detailed advising on your application. However, we are happy to answer general questions you may have.

I am still an undergraduate and am considering applying to medical school. Is there an advisor I may talk to prior to completing my application?
Please seek advice from your pre-health advisor at your undergraduate campus. However, you may also reach out to our office to schedule an advising appointment.

I am a non-traditional prospective applicant. Is there an advisor I may talk to prior to completing my application?
Yes, you may also reach out to our office to schedule an advising appointment.

Secondary application

Do you require a secondary application?
Yes, screened applicants will be invited to submit a secondary application if they meet the outlined requirements. Take the time to review the required criteria before submitting your secondary application. This application is required for further consideration.

Is there an additional charge?
Yes. The secondary application has a nonrefundable fee of $50.

Letters of evaluation

How many letters of evaluation are required?
Submit a minimum of three letters of evaluation but no more than four. If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as your three required letters of recommendation, and you can still submit an extra fourth letter. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service by your evaluators.

Who should write them?
Select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine, particularly relative to the desired selection criteria. If you are still in school, try to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. If you have been out of school and no longer in touch with faculty members, consider a supervisor. The College discourages letters from family members and/or friends.

Does the date they were written matter?
Letters should be dated for the current application cycle. They should also be on letterhead.

Interviews and campus visits

How will I know if I am invited for an interview?
The Admissions Committee and screeners review completed applications (initial and secondary) for interview eligibility on a rolling basis. If you are selected to interview, you will be contacted by email to schedule a date. Interviews will take place from August through February. The College sends all communications via email, so please include a valid and regularly monitored email address on your AMCAS and secondary applications.

May I make an individual appointment with a College official to discuss my qualifications for admission?
To keep the process fair to all applicants, the College does not offer individual appointments once you have submitted your application are under consideration.

What events and resources are offered to help familiarize prospective students with the College?
In the spring, the College offers an applicant symposium for prospective applicants. Webinars are also being developed. Updates will be posted online.

Admission decisions

When will I hear a decision regarding my application to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine?
No later than April 9, 2019. You can be notified of a variety of decisions: accepted, waitlisted or declined.

Does the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine offer an early decision program?
Not at this time.

What if I’m accepted to more than one school?
You may hold more than one seat nationally until April 30. After that time, if you have accepted multiple offers, it is important to decide on one and withdraw from the others. Please review the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants.

If you decide not to attend the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, please decline your offer or withdraw your acceptance by emailing This allows the College to admit another applicant in a timely manner.

If you continue to be on a waitlist and do not plan on attending the College, please request your removal from the waitlist by emailing

Do you accept updates to the application after it has been submitted to AMCAS?
We do not. We only accept information we receive directly from AMCAS or through our Secondary application in order to maintain a fair process. There is one exception to this: we will accept updates for applicants we offer to be on the waitlist and will explain that process at that time.

Do you inform applicants who are on the waitlist what their rank is on the waitlist?
We do not.


How much is tuition?
Cost of attendance can be viewed here. Financial education and scholarship support can be viewed here.

If I don’t live in Washington, will I be charged out of state rates?
If you are an admitted student with ties to Washington, you will be considered for a waiver for out-of-state fees.

Enrolled students

What type of grading system will the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine use?
Satisfactory/no pass.

How many students will be in the class?
80 students for entering year 2019 (contingent on legislative funding)