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Application Requirements


Chicago Medical School Supplemental Application & Fee must be completed and upon submission you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $125.00 Supplemental Application processing fee.


All applicants to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University are required to complete a CASPer assessment to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory. Please go to to sign up and reserve a test.

*CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. 


The MCAT exam is required. For the 2018 admissions cycle, only scores from the new version of the MCAT exam "MCAT2015" will be considered.  Please note: if you submit multiple exams, your most recent score will be considered for admission. Also, if you indicate a future MCAT test date, your application will be reviewed only after receipt of your most recent score.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must choose one of the following options to satisfy our letters of recommendation requirement:

  • Committee Letter (1)
  • Individual Letters (3)
  • Letter Packet (Containing three individual letters)

A Committee Letter is a letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and is intended to represent your institution's evaluation of you. 

Individual Letters refers to letters authored by, and representing a single letter writer. If you choose to submit three individual letters, we prefer (but do not require) at least one recommendation to come from a medical professional (not necessarily an MD) with whom you have worked. 

A Letter Packet is a packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by your institution's career center. A Letter Packet may include a cover sheet from your pre-health committee or advisor; however unlike the Committee Letter it does not include an evaluation letter from your pre-health committee or advisor.

Please Note: No more than three individual letters, one committee letter, or one letter packet containing a minimum of three individual letters will be considered in evaluating your application. All letters must be included in your AMCAS application.


AP Science or Social Science courses for which you received course credit at your undergraduate degree-awarding institution will be considered as fulfilling the pre-medical course requirements. However, the admissions committee will expect advanced level undergraduate courses in most of the science or social science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded (except Physics).

Special consideration will be made for current DePaul Pathways students who began their program under the former set of course pre-requisites.

  • CMS requires at least 90 hours of undergraduate academic work at an accredited college or university prior to applying.
  • The vast majority of successful applicants have earned a Bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.


Required Prerequisite Courses: 

  • One year Introductory Biology with accompanying laboratory (*or equivalent) - Two courses with laboratory
  • One year Physics with accompanying laboratory - Two courses with laboratory
  • Two-year Chemistry sequence that includes all three of these chemistry disciplines - Four courses with laboratory
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory - One or Two courses with laboratory
    • Organic Chemistry with accompanying laboratory - One or Two courses with laboratory
    • Biochemistry (accompanying laboratory recommended but not required) - One or Two courses (laboratory recommended)

**Applicants are encouraged to gain research laboratory experience either through research or a laboratory research course.

Recommended Prerequisite Courses: 

  • Two courses in Behavioral/Social Sciences (slated to be required 2019 entering class) - First year Psychology and Sociology courses strongly suggested
  • One course in Statistics
  • One course in Advanced Biology (200 level or above) - Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurobiology
  • English composition
  • Other coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry Laboratory

Motivation for a Career in Medicine

We look for students who understand healthcare teams and the role of a physician on the team. This is typically demonstrated through prior employment and volunteer work.

Leadership and Service

We value students who are dedicated to serving others and have demonstrated leadership potential through academic, research, or other pursuits.

Communication Skills

We look for students who demonstrate a caring attitude and strong interpersonal communication skills.