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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Admission requirements

Sixty students from Washington will be enrolled for the entering year 2018 at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. They will share a passion for giving back to their communities. They will approach challenges with sound judgment and a spirit of benevolence. They will possess crisp intellect. They will intuitively strive to collaborate.

These students will relentlessly seek answers to questions that beset Washington’s most challenging health care environments. When faced with limited resources, they will innovate. They will lead teams of professionals with expertise across the health care spectrum. Together they will bring health care and compassion to communities across the state.

Here’s what it takes to join the class of 2022.

Holistic review

The College evaluates your application for admission using a holistic review process. This process gives weight to a range of characteristics that are associated with outstanding physicians.

Scholastic aptitude is vitally important. However, academic metrics such as grades and test scores cannot entirely capture your character or personal journey—both critical to the practice of medicine. Personal stories and aspirations reveal what academic marks cannot. They explain your drive for pursuing a medical career.

The College seeks individuals who want to leave a legacy of improving the health of Washington communities throughout the state. What would you like to contribute to and be remembered for in the field of medicine?

In a holistic process, your academic metrics are considered in the broader context of your life experiences.

  • What opportunities have you pursued? How did they help you see the world differently? What did you learn about yourself?
  • What adversities have you overcome?
  • What leadership roles have you assumed to challenge yourself?
  • What tenacity have you shown in the face of hardship and complex situations?
  • What values and principles guide your decisions and choices in life?

Before reaching a decision, the Admissions Committee examines the complete picture of your qualifications as it aligns with the College’s mission.

Definition of holistic review in medical school admissions
“Holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and future physician.”
Association of American Medical Colleges

Attributes sought in applicants

No matter your area of academic study, if you are passionate about pursuing a career in medicine and you meet the eligibility requirements, the College encourages you to apply. Those who review your application not only verify that you have fulfilled academic requirements, they also seek the following characteristics:

  • Life experiences
    • Experience with rural or underserved communities: Experience to understand the unique challenges and opportunities in a rural environment
    • Clinical exposure: Quality of experience (including shadowing, scribe, helping care within your family, emergency medical technician) AND amount of exposure
    • Adversity and resilience: Perseverance in the face of internal or external challenges
    • Experience beyond the classroom: Including community service, cultural experiences, arts, work, new language, volunteerism, longevity of service, hobbies, passion outside of academics, military service
  • Personal attributes
    • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership that has inspired others, the capacity to mobilize people toward a goal, and the potential to excel as a leader through actions and activities
    • Communication: Includes social skills, teamwork, ethical judgment, empathy, compassion, cultural competence, active listening, emotional intelligence and social awareness
    • Intellectual excellence: Includes capacity for improvement, critical thinking, ability to succeed academically, and independent thinking and reasoning
    • Ethical responsibility to yourself and others: Includes professionalism, service orientation/altruism, empathy for the underserved
    • Teamwork/collaboration: Demonstrates effective ability to work with others, intergroup collaborations with diverse individuals, and ability to address conflict in a positive, productive manner

Preparatory worksheet

Complete this worksheet called “Tool for developing a well-rounded medical application”. It will help you identify traits you possess that illustrate your readiness to succeed in medical school.

The process of selecting medical school students conforms to Washington state law (RCW 49.60.400), which prohibits discrimination against or preferential treatment for any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.

Academic metrics

For your candidacy to be considered, you must achieve an acceptable combination of cumulative grade point average (GPA) and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score.


The MCAT is required for acceptance.

  • Latest you can take the MCAT: last September test date in the year you submit your application
  • Oldest MCAT considered: 4 years prior to the date you expect to matriculate. For students entering in Fall 2018, the oldest acceptable MCAT is 2014.
  • If you take the MCAT multiple times: The highest eligible score will be considered.

When evaluating your application, the Admissions Committee may look at grade trends as well as your performance in prerequisite courses, rather than a specific GPA.

Minimum MCAT and GPA combinations

You must meet one of the following standards at the time you apply. There are only three options as detailed below with no in-between combinations.

  • If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.8 – 4.0, then 27th percentile rank or higher on either version of the MCAT
  • If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.6 – 3.79, then 43rd percentile rank or higher on either version of the MCAT
  • If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 2.6 – 3.59, then 61st percentile rank or higher on either version of the MCAT

If you have taken graduate coursework toward or completed a degree in medical/clinical or basic sciences, the graduate cumulative GPA will be considered individually if the above combinations are not met.

Course requirements

Successful completion of required courses, as well as rigorous upper-division coursework, suggests that you possess some of the competencies needed to excel in medical school. But fulfilling course requirements is just a starting point. The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine seeks well-rounded, intellectually curious students who explore a wide range of disciplines.

Baccalaureate degree

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States by July 15 of the year you will begin medical school.* Your degree may be in the discipline of your choice, as long as you have completed the prerequisite coursework.

*As listed on “Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education,’’ authorized and published by the American Council on Education, One DuPont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Premedical courses

You’ll need to complete the following minimum course requirements with a grade of C or better by July 15 of the year you expect to enroll in our medical school. While prerequisites do not need to be completed when you apply, your acceptance is conditional, pending successful completion of the requirements.

Note: Coursework does not expire.

Required college prerequisites
CourseSemester Credit Hours
Biology with lab
Preferred focus: Genetics, molecular biology
4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab)
Organic chemistry with lab4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab)
Physics with lab4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab)

The science courses should be specified for science majors.

Recommended college prerequisites

Genetics, anatomy or comparative anatomy, and human or mammalian physiology all could meet the biology requirement as long as they have a lab. These are specified below as they would be helpful in the medical curriculum. However, other biology courses could meet the pre-requisite to the left.

CourseSemester Credit Hours
Literature, art, music, or history
Anatomy or comparative anatomy3
Foreign language
Preferred focus: Spanish, intermediate verbal proficiency
Research courses or data management3
Psychology1 credit or more
Human or mammalian physiology1 credit or more

Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

AP, CLEP, and IB credits that were acceptable to your undergraduate institution may be used to satisfy prerequisites. These credits must be documented on your official transcript.

Community college courses

The College accepts prerequisites completed at accredited community colleges.

Courses that do not count toward the requirement
  • Courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit
    Prerequisite courses must be graded with a range of numbers or letters that indicate the comparative level of performance.
  • Remedial/developmental or “English as a Second Language” courses
Letters of Evaluation

Submit at least 3 letters, but no more than 4. If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as three of your required letters of evaluation and you may submit an additional fourth single letter. 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. These will be submitted by your evaluators through AMCAS. Letters must be from the current application cycle.

Letters of evaluation must be received to be considered for a secondary application. In our process, once the secondary is returned to us, it completes the application and will go into review, thus we await the letters before sending the secondary application.

To be considered for a secondary application and be eligible for admission, the following must be met:

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (see details below)
  • Legal Washington Resident or meet 3 of 4 “from Washington” ties (defined below)
  • We have received your required letters of recommendation (3 individual letters or Health Professions Advisory Committee packet)
  • You have met one of the 3 MCAT/GPA combination threshold combinations outlined above

More Details:

Washington residency

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is seeking applicants from Washington.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine uses the definition of “resident student” in RCW 28B.15.012(2) to determine state residency. An applicant’s residency status will be determined based on the available facts existing as of the date the application is submitted.

Out of state applicants

If you are a not a legal resident of Washington, you must demonstrate that you are “from Washington” by meeting at least 3 of these 4 requirements:

  • Born in Washington
  • Childhood address in Washington as indicated on AMCAS
  • Graduated from a Washington high school
  • Parent/guardian currently 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.

All applicants who are considered to be “from Washington” complete the same review process for admission as legal Washington residents.

If you are an admitted student who is “from Washington,” you will be considered for a waiver of out-of-state fees. If granted, you would pay the in-state tuition cost here.

Residency appeal

Applicants who do not meet the “from Washington” criteria and feel that they have strong ties to Washington may submit a Residency Appeal Form to the Office of Admissions at

All appeals must be submitted by September 15, 2017. Decisions will be made as quickly as possible.

International students

For your application to be considered, you must be a U.S. citizen or hold a valid U.S. permanent resident card (green card) in addition to being a Washington resident or meeting the “from Washington” criteria. If you hold a permanent resident card, you must provide appropriate documentation verifying this status.

Transfer students

The College is not accepting transfer students at this time.

Tuition cost

In-state tuition cost is here. If you are an admitted student from Washington who is not currently a legal state resident, you will be considered for a waiver of out-of-state fees. If granted, you would pay the in-state tuition cost.

Admission policies