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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 (for instance, teamwork, cultural competence, and social awareness)
    • Intellectual excellence
    • Ethical responsibility to yourself and others
  • 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. Take a look at course prerequisites to ensure that you anticipate requirements.

Does the ESFCOM accept online courses for prerequisites?
The College does NOT recommend that you complete any required prerequisite courses online. However, you are allowed to take a maximum of 2 required, prerequisite lecture courses online from an accredited institution in the United States. Labs taken online will not be accepted for any required prerequisite labs.

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 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 are a non-legal resident of Washington, you must demonstrate ties to Washington by meeting 3 of these 4 requirements:

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

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?
At this time, 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 2017, the oldest acceptable MCAT is from 2013.

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?
The highest score.

Initial application for admission

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

When is the deadline to apply?

  • November 14: Recommended application date
  • November 27 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time): AMCAS applications accepted until this time
  • December 1 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time): Secondary application is 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

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.

Secondary application

Do you require a secondary application?
Screened applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application. Take the time to review the desired criteria before submitting your secondary application.

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

Letters of recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required?
Submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation  but no more than 5. If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as 2 of your 3 required letters of recommendation. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

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. Try to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. The College discourages letters from family members and/or friends.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
Submit all letters of recommendation through the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

Interviews and campus visits

How will I know if I am invited for an interview?
The Admissions Committee reviews 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 January through March. The College sends all communications via email, so please include a valid and regularly monitored email address on your AMCAS application.

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. Work with your pre-health advisor to ensure that your application is complete and effectively communicates your qualifications.

What events and resources are offered to help familiarize prospective students with the College?
In the future, the College may offer prospective student webinars and “Preview Day” visitation events. 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 17, 2017

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?
As of April 1, 2016, medical schools are permitted to view the schools to which applicants have been accepted.

If you decide prior to April 30 not to attend the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, it would be courteous to 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 after April 30 and do not plan on attending the College, please request your removal from the waitlist by emailing


How much is tuition?
$35,000 for legal residents of Washington

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, resulting in a tuition cost of $35,000.

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 charter class?
60 students