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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the application process begin?

The application process for the 2015 entering class will commence in May 2014. All applications must be submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). For Frequently Asked Questions in reference to your AMCAS application, please visit: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/.

Where can I find Admissions information for medical schools?

The best source of information is the Medical School Admissions Requirements book (MSAR), which is published by the AAMC. MSAR is available at http://www.aamc.org

Is there an Early Decision Program offered?

Yes. Click here to learn more.

What specific coursework do I need for admission?

  • General Biology with lab: 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
  • Physics with lab: 2 semesters
  • College Mathematics: 2 semesters
  • College English: 2 semesters
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written English

A bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree is required for all students attending HWCOM. All coursework must be completed in a satisfactory manner in an educational institution located in the United States or Canada, approved by a regional accrediting body, and listed in the current Education Directory of the U.S. Office of Education.

For a more detailed list, including recommendations visit the Prerequisites page.

Can prerequisite lower division courses be taken at community colleges?

Yes. However, additional upper level science courses are encouraged in preparation for the MCAT and success in medical school.

Will AP and/or CLEP credits be accepted?

AP credits may fulfill course requirements; however, it is highly recommended that additional coursework be taken in these areas. CLEP courses are not accepted. Courses taken at a four-year institution are considered more academically competitive.

Will Distance Learning/on-line courses be accepted?

Since most prerequisite courses include a laboratory component, courses taken on-line will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The laboratory component should not be taken online.

Will I need to take the MCAT exam?

Yes. MCAT scores are required to complete your AMCAS application.

What if I took the MCAT a few years ago?

Scores from MCAT exams taken prior to 2012 will not be accepted for 2015 admission.

What GPA and MCAT score will I need to be considered for admission?

All applicants may be considered. However our average statistics for accepted applicants are MCAT 31 (range 25 - 41); overall GPA 3.6 - 3.7 (range 3.0 - 4.0); BCPM 3.5 - 3.6 (range 3.0 - 4.0). Please see MSAR for further details.

Will community service and/or volunteer activities make my application more competitive?

Community service and/or activities, especially relating to underserved populations will be highly valued.

Is research experience necessary for admission?

Research is not required but is strongly encouraged and will enhance your application.

How important is having experience working with doctors and/or health care professionals?

"Hands-on" patient contact (work experience, volunteering, community service, etc.) over a consistent period of time, will make your application more competitive and is considered very important.

How many letters of recommendation will I need?

The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, two from basic science faculty (biology, chemistry, physics, and math) and one from any other faculty member who has taught the applicant.

  1. Health Professions advisor or Advisory Community letter preferably with three or more letters attached, or
  2. Individual letters from science faculty (no more than two), and
  3. Individual letter from non-science faculty (no more than one).
  4. Additionally, up to two supplementary letters may be submitted by the applicant from physicians, researchers, mentors, etc.

Letters of recommendation from friends and/or relatives are not considered by the Admissions Committee and should not be submitted.

What should my Personal Statement include?

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and why and how you made the decision to study medicine. It also gives you an opening to describe something that is otherwise not on your AMCAS application or to explain a record that may be questionable to the Admissions Committee.

How can I practice or prepare for the interview?

Be yourself! Also, you must do your homework and learn about the school. Visit our Interview Tips section on this site. There are also many websites for medical school applicants that are full of valuable information about the interviews including sample questions that may be asked.

Is there a required Secondary Application? If so, is there a fee?

All applicants who have submitted a verified AMCAS application will be invited to complete the HWCOM Secondary Application. The HWCOM nonrefundable Secondary Application fee is $30. AAMC FAP will be honored for an application fee waiver.

I am currently pursuing a Graduate/Professional Degree. Do I have to complete the degree before I can apply to the College of Medicine?

If currently enrolled in a Graduate/Professional program, you should complete all requirements for your degree before matriculating at HWCOM.

Will International students be eligible for the program?

HWCOM only accepts U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Resident Aliens who have a "green card."

Will the College of Medicine accept Transfer Students?

No, not at this time.

If I am accepted to FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, may I defer my enrollment date?

HWCOM does allow accepted students to defer enrollment under special circumstances on a case by case basis.

What is the tuition?

For cost of attendance - click here

How do I qualify for Florida tuition?

Although preference will be given to residents of the State of Florida, well-qualified residents of other states will also be considered. A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a person who has established and maintained Florida domicile for at least twelve (12) months before the first day of Orientation.

Applicants claiming Florida residency may visit http://onestop.fiu.edu/residency/index.html for more information. On interview day, you must submit at least two (2) of the following documents dated at least twelve (12) months before the first day of Orientation to justify your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes:

  • Driver's License (or DVM report if license has been renewed)
  • Voter's Registration Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration (If renewed, submit current and previous registrations)
  • Letter of Full/Part-time Employment in Florida with W2s
  • Declaration of domicile in Florida (Issue date is the date filed in the State of Florida)
  • Mortgage, Warranty Deed, or Homestead Exemption
  • Lease for an Apartment or House

Will financial assistance be available for the medical program?

Yes. We will have a variety of forms of financial assistance for our students.

Will housing be available for medical students?

FIU students are encouraged to live in on-campus housing; however, private rentals or purchase options are available in the vicinity of FIU. For on campus housing, visit www.housing.fiu.edu for more information.

When do classes begin?

Medical school classes for new students begin the first week of August.

What if I change my contact information (address, phone, e-mail) after I submit my AMCAS Application?

You must update all contact information through AMCAS.

I have other questions.

Email us at med.admissions@fiu.edu.