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What are the centralized application services?

Each health professional association oversees a common application service on behalf of their member colleges.

In order to apply to allopathic medical (MD) schools, an applicant must apply to the common application known as AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service), which is run by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).  Watch a video of what happens behind the scenes at AMCAS.  General admission requirements.  Getting organized.  Getting experience.  Deciding if medicine is for you.

In order to apply to osteopathic medical (DO) schools, an applicant must apply to the common application known as AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service), which is run by the AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine).  General AACOMAS admission requirements.  What is osteopathic medicine? Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) explained.

In order to apply to dental schools, an applicant must apply to the common application known as AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service), which is run by the ADEA (American Dental Education Association).  Preparing for Dental School.  Dentistry 101.  ADEA’s GoDental.

The pre-health application process, known as the HPEC process at UMBC, precedes the centralized application service process or common application process (AMCAS, AACOMAS, or AADSAS).  The underlying purpose of the HPEC process is to replicate the common application process and to prepare students in-advance for the centralized application process.  The core HPEC processes occur during the Spring semester and assist students in getting ready for the summer launches of the common application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS) which occur in June.