Admissions and Policies
to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is through the Ontario
Medical School Application Service (www.ouac.on.ca/OMSAS). The official
admissions policy for the Undergraduate Medical Program will be published in
the Ontario Medical School Application and Instruction Booklet available on the
deadlines relevant to the application process will be published in this
booklet. These deadlines will be strictly observed. This will include not only
the application itself but the receipt of all relevant documentation.
Applicants are advised to follow the application instructions precisely.
Failure to meet the deadlines or to follow the application instructions will
result in disqualification of the application.
July: OMSAS on-line application available.
- Mid September: Deadline to create an account for the on-line application.
Applicants who miss the deadline and who obtain a OMSAS account
originally created by a third party will not be considered.
- Beginning October Last day for submitting applications.
- Beginning October: All transcripts and academic documents must be received by
requirement is a 4 year undergraduate university degree or equivalent in any
discipline (e.g. Science, Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy) from a
recognized Canadian university or equivalent. No preference will be given to a
particular discipline over another. While there are no specific course
requirements, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will be looking for
students with a broad undergraduate education. For example, those students with
majors in science will be expected to include some arts, social sciences and/or
humanities courses in their degree programs while those students with majors in
arts, social sciences and/or humanities will be expected to include some
science courses in their degree programs.
may apply in the final year of their 4 year degree program. However, proof of
completion of the 4 year degree will be required by 1 July of the year of
enrolment. The following will be accepted as equivalent to a 4 year
undergraduate university degree:
- A Diplome d'études collégiales (DEC) from the Province of Quebec plus an
undergraduate degree from a Quebec university.
- A prescribed Qualifying Year after a 3 year degree (leading to eligibility
for graduate studies) which is identified as such on the transcript, or in a
letter from the Registrar. A 4th year diploma after a 3 year degree for Laurentian graduates.
- Formal conversion of a 3 year degree to a 4 year degree (and identified as
such on the transcript).
who are 25 years of age or older on 1 October for the year in which they apply
will be considered Mature Applicants. The minimum requirement for Mature
Applicants will be a 3 year university degree in any discipline.
The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. The GPA will be
calculated with the grades of courses taken as of the application deadline for
the year in which they apply Only grades from undergraduate university programs
will be used in the calculation of the GPA. Applicants transferring from
college programs to university degree programs must have completed a minimum of
the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate degree level credits (not
including college transfer credits) at the time of application.
Applicants who have completed Graduate Degrees by the application deadline for
the year in which they apply will be required to have met the GPA cut-off with
their undergraduate grades but for the purposes of further screening will have
0.2 added to the overall GPA determined from their undergraduate grades.
Graduate students enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application
must provide a letter from their supervisor or Department Chair, addressed to
the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, indicating that the applicant's
Department is aware of the application. This letter must be received at OMSAS
by the application deadline date. Applicants in Graduate degree programs not
completed by the application deadline for the year in which they apply will
have the overall GPA determined from their undergraduate degree. There will be
no additional score added to the GPA or other credit given for applicants who
have not completed a Graduate degree.
applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
by the application deadline for the year in which they apply.
Aboriginal Admissions Stream
applicants may choose either the general admissions stream or the Aboriginal
Admissions Stream. Aboriginal applicants choosing either stream will be
required to fill in the on-line application form through OMSAS. Those who wish
to be considered for the Aboriginal Admissions Stream will also be required to
documentation must be submitted to OMSAS by the application deadline for the
year in which they apply.
letter declaring Aboriginal ancestry and giving specific information about
First Nation, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. The letter
should request consideration under the alternate process and should expand on
the applicant's academic and personal background, as well as reasons and
motivation for wishing to become a physician.
- A letter of recommendation from the First Nation, Band Council, Tribal
Council, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation
- Proof of Aboriginal ancestry.
considering the Aboriginal Admissions Stream are strongly urged to contact the
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs for further information.
Due to the integrated
nature of the curriculum, NOSM cannot accept transfer students
mandate of the School's Admissions Committee is to reflect the demographics of
Northern Ontario in the medical school class profile. The final selection for
Admission will be based on the overall GPA, the score of the admissions
questionnaire, the score from the interview and reference letters. Applicants
from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and
Aboriginal and Francophone applicants will have an advantage in the admissions
process. Selection procedures for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Applications are examined to ensure that they are complete and that minimum
requirements are met.
Admissions questionnaires are scored and overall GPAs are confirmed.
Invitations to interview are extended.
Final score for all applications of interview candidates are completed and
rankings are determined.
Offers of admission are sent to top 64 candidates. Waiting list is developed.