Linkage Specific Program Requirements

A major consideration in applying to medical school is the fit between the applicant and the school. This is even more important for the linkage applicant because of the binding commitment that the applicant makes to attend, if accepted. Many schools have very specific requirements which are not negotiable. These requirements may pertain to grade point averages or MCAT scores, and in some cases, non-academic experiences. In short, the student interested in linkage must do his or her research before applying for nomination. It could be a serious mistake to take the attitude that one “just wants to get into some medical school” or to assume that strengths in one area of one's record will compensate for shortcomings in another.

Programs

Below is the list of schools maintaining linkage agreements with the Columbia University Postbac Premed Program. For specific admissions requirements (as of the 2017-2018 academic year), please click on the individual links listed below. Note: These requirements are updated at the beginning of each academic year. The applicable requirements are those on record in the academic year during which the prospective applicant is eligible to seek nomination.

School Website: http://brown.edu/academics/medical/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Average Postbac GPA for Admitted Students: 3.8*

* In the last five years, almost every applicant who has been offered admission through linkage has presented  mean PB and undergraduate GPAs of 3.8 and 3.6, respectively.

MCAT

  • MCAT scores are not required.

Coursework

  • Biochemistry (this is satisfied by taking Contemporary Biology (BIOL UN2401-2401).
  • The organic chemistry lab is not required.
  • No grade of D or lower on academic record.

Additional Details

In addition to the general criteria noted above, Alpert Medical School is particularly interested in PB students who:

  1. Became interested in medicine as a career after college;
  2. Have been engaged in activities other than formal education between college and the present;
  3. Are Rhode Island residents;
  4. Are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine; and
  5. Are age 25 or older.

(The above are not hard and fast requirements, and some may be more important than others. Postbacs are always welcome to discuss them with their advisors.)

Medical School for International Health in Affiliation with Columbia University Medical Center

School Website: http://msih.bgu.ac.il

Linkage Program Requirements

Grade Point Average

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.46
  • Science GPA: 3.45

MCAT

  • Score: Information regarding acceptable scores for MCAT 2015 is not available yet.
  • The MCAT must be taken no later than April of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

Additional Requirements

The Medical School for International Health welcomes applicants who seek a medical education that includes extensive classroom, clinical, and fieldwork experience in global health and international medicine.

Note: More than 36 percent of the entering class of 2011 held an advanced degree such as Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Nutrition, or other Master of Science degree.

School Website: http://dental.columbia.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements

Grade Point Average

  • Undergrad GPA: 3.5
  • Postbac Science GPA: 3.5, with no grade lower than a B

DAT

  • Minimum Scores: Academic Average: 22; Reading Comprehension: 22; Perceptual Ability: 22
  • Must be taken no later than April 15th of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

Coursework

Additional Requirements

The College of Dental Medicine welcomes applicants with unique academic and employment backgrounds, who have been engaged in activities other than formal education between college and the present.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution.

AADSAS must be submitted by December 31st.

School Website: http://ps.columbia.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • Postbac GPA: 3.7

MCAT

  • Linkage nominees must take the MCAT no later than mid-April
  • Linkage nominees must attain an overall MCAT score of at least 518 ( ~ 96%)

Coursework

  • All required premedical science coursework must be taken at Columbia.
  • One year of English, which may be completed in a college/university department of English as a Postbac Premed, or as a part of an undergraduate degree program. One course must be in composition or writing expository prose.
  • One year of biology with lab
  • One year of physics with lab
  • Two years of chemistry, one year of which must be organic chemistry with labs

Additional Requirements

A developed interest in extra-curricular activities is welcomed, and evidence of leadership in such activities or in other areas is highly desirable.

School Website: http://www.med.cornell.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements

Grade Point Average

  • Combined undergraduate and Postbac GPA: 3.75
  • Postbac BCPM* GPA: 3.75, with no grade lower than a B

*BCPM = biology, chemistry, physics, and math

MCAT

Cornell does not require linkage applicants to take the MCAT.

Coursework

  • All required premedical science coursework must be taken at Columbia (see required and recommended coursework).
  • Two semesters each of biology, chemistry, and physics, with lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of writing-intensive courses, one in the humanities or social sciences, and one in English literature
  • Two semesters of mathematics recommended but not required

Additional Requirements

  • Significant demonstrated commitment to and involvement in activities (including employment) during or after college
  • Experience in research, especially biomedical science research, a plus
  • Cornell regards linkage as, among other things, a means to expedite matriculation at medical school as soon as a postbac has completed the academic preparation.

School Website: http://medicine.hofstra.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Combined undergraduate and Postbac GPA: 3.5
  • No postbac science grade below B

CASPER:

It must be taken early in January and no later than two days after nomination.

MCAT:

Not required. In lieu of the MCAT, applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. Recommended scores:

SAT: ≥ 1410

ACT: ≥ 32

Score ≥ 80th percentile

Additional Requirements

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States

School Website: http://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Postbac GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • No science grade lower than C

MCAT

  • Score: University of Michigan Medical School will admit conditionally accepted linkage students with a MCAT score in the 85th-100th percentile range. Conditionally accepted candidates who test below this range will be holistically reviewed again by the Admissions Executive Committee for a final admission decision.
  • Should be taken by mid-May (but preferably before May) of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

School Website: http://www.icahn.mssm.edu

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Combined undergraduate and Postbac GPA: 3.5
  • Postbac math and science GPA of at least 3.7

MCAT

  • The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai does not require linkage applicants to take the MCAT.

School Website: http://njms.rutgers.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Postbac GPA: 3.5

MCAT 

  • A cumulative score of 512 (with no sub-score below a 127).
  • The MCAT should be taken no later than the end of May of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

School Website: http://www.nymc.edu

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Postbac GPA: 3.6, with no grade lower than a B.

MCAT 

Score: Not less than 85% percentile overall.

MCAT score must be submitted no later than June 1st of year of entry.

Additional considerations:

A desirable applicant is one who has pursued post-college experiences that reflect a commitment to health care and humanism in service to society.

School Website: http://school.med.nyu.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate GPA: at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale, with no science grade lower than a B+.
  • Postbac GPA: 3.8 or better both at the time of application and upon completion of the Postbac Program.
  • Minimum combined cumulative undergraduate and Postbac GPA: 3.55.
  • Composite science GPA (includes all undergrad and Postbac BCPM* courses): 3.5 with no grade lower than B+.

*BCPM = biology, chemistry, physics, and math

MCAT

  • Minimum overall MCAT score: 520
  • Minimum overall MCAT percentile: 98% (overall)
  • Minimum section score: 129
  • Should be taken no later than end of April of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

Other

  • NYU School of Medicine seeks "excellence in experiences, attributes, and academic performance" in the linkage candidate.

School Website: http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Postbac Premed GPA: 3.6
  • Undergraduate GPA: not lower than 3.0

MCAT

  • Score: Above the mean (500), i.e., above the 55th percentile.
  • Should be taken no later than early April of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

School Website: http://www.downstate.edu/college_of_medicine

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate science g.p.a.: at least 3.3, but no grades of D, F, W or Incomplete.
  • Undergraduate cumulative g.p.a.: at least 3.4.
  • Postbac science g.p.a.: at least 3.5

MCAT 

The MCAT should be taken by May 24.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 127 or higher

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: 126 or higher

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 128 or higher

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 127 or higher

Total MCAT score: 509 or higher

Undergraduate Degree

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or baccalaureate degree from foreign institution
  • Minimum of one year of full-time study at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Two semesters of English course work (must be equal to a minimum of six credit hours in the semester system), which may be completed in a college/university department of English as a Postbac Premed, or as a part of an undergraduate degree program at a U.S. college or university.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicant must be US citizen or permanent resident; if bachelor degree is from an overseas college or university, a WES course-by-course equivalency is required as part of the application.
  • A record of significant commitment to community service and helping the disadvantaged.
  • Medical experience or medical employment involving interaction with patients.
  • Research experience a plus.

School Website: http://www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org/som

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Combined Undergraduate and Postbac GPA: 3.6

MCAT 

  • Stony Brook anticipates a competitive score on the new MCAT to be approximately 515 (combined total from the four sections)
  • Should be taken no later than early April of the year in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.

Additional Requirements

  • A semester of biochemistry must be completed prior to matriculation (Postbacs who have taken BIOL F2401/2402 are exempted from this requirement)
  • Research experience a plus

School Website: http://www.medicine.tcd.ie

Linkage Program Requirements 

Grade Point Average

  • Postbac GPA: 3.3

MCAT

  • MCAT scores are not required.

Coursework

  • Organic chemistry lab is not required.

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