Admissions requirements

General information

AMCAS Primary Application

Secondary Application

  • 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 non-refundable Secondary Application fee is $30. AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) will be honored for an application fee waiver.

Prerequisite Courses

  • What specific coursework do I need for admission?

    A bachelor's 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 Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

    HWCOM has set forth minimum academic requirements and developed a list of required prerequisite courses and recommended courses for applicants to HWCOM. Learn more about your Academic Requirements.

  • 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, IB, and/or CLEP credits be accepted?

    AP and IB credits may fulfill course requirements; however, it is highly recommended that additional coursework be taken in these areas. AICE and CLEP credits are not accepted.


Letters of recommendation

  • How many letters of recommendation will I need to submit?

    HWCOM requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, two from science faculty (biology, chemistry, physics, and math) and one from any other faculty member who has taught the applicant. If the school has a Health Professions Advisory Committee, it is expected that the applicant will submit a letter of recommendation from that committee with the three faculty letters described above attached to the advisory committee letter.

    In addition to the required letters, applicants can submit up to three supplemental letters from physicians, researchers, mentors, employers, etc. Letters of recommendation from friends or relatives are not considered. In all cases, letters should be recent, from individuals who know the student well, and who can assess an applicant’s personal qualities. Letters must be written on official letterhead stationery and signed.

    The deadline to submit the letters of recommendation is January 15 of the application year but candidates are encouraged to submit all materials as soon as possible, as interviews are scheduled only if the application is complete.

Financial assistance

Residency classification


  • Will housing be available for medical students?

    On-campus housing is not available for medical students; however, the Office of Financial Assistance has collaborated with Very Apt to create a housing guide based on reviews and advice from students. Incoming medical students can log into the Very Apt Housing Portal and explore options that may be available. Additionally, recommendations can be provided by current medical students at the request of a prospective or incoming medical student.