Admissions and Policies
Application 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 is
published in the Ontario Medical School Application and Instruction Booklet
available on the OMSAS website.
All deadlines relevant to the application process are
published in the OMSAS Instruction booklet. These deadlines are strictly
observed. This includes 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.
The following is a list of general dates. For more detailed
information contact www.ouac.on.ca/omsas/.
• Mid July: COMPASS.OMSAS on-line application
• Mid-September: Deadline to create an account
for the on-line application. Applicants who miss the mid-September deadline and
who obtain a COMPASS.OMSAS account originally created by a third party will not
• Beginning of October: Last day for submitting
• Beginning of October: All transcripts and
academic documents must be received by this date
The minimum requirement is a 4 year undergraduate
university degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized Canadian university or
equivalent. No preference is given to a particular discipline over another.
Applicants who are 25
years of age or older by the application deadline in the year in which they
apply will be considered a Mature Applicant. The minimum requirement for Mature
Applicants will be a 3 year university degree in any discipline.
A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 is
grades from undergraduate university programs will be used in the calculation
of the GPA. The
GPA calculation is a cumulative of all undergraduate university degree level
study completed at the time of application. For those applicants whose 4 year degree is
completed through a transfer of credits from a college, they are required to
have completed a minimum of ten full
course credits, twenty half course credits or, a combination of at the
university degree level
While there are no specific course requirements, the
Northern Ontario School of Medicine is looking for students with a broad
undergraduate education. For example, those students with majors in science are
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 are expected to include some science courses in their degree
Students may apply in the final year of their 4 year degree
program. However, proof of completion of the 4 year degree is required by June
30th of the year of enrolment. The following are 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
• Formal conversion of a 3 year degree to a 4
year degree (and identified as such on the transcript).
Applicants who have completed Graduate Degrees by the
application deadline are 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 weighted GPA determined from their undergraduate grades. There will
be no additional score added to the GPA or other credit given for applicants
who have not completed a Graduate degree.
An applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or a
permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline for the year in which
Applicants are required to report and supply transcripts
for all degree credit courses in which they have been registered including
grades that they have received for these courses. All transcripts must go
directly to OMSAS either electronically via the Electronic Request Form or by
mail. Failure to report all courses, programs or grades on the Academic Record
will result in disqualification of the application.
Applicants who are submitting transcripts for
postsecondary education completed at universities outside of Canada or the United States will be required to
have their foreign documents assessed by the World Education Service
(WES). This requirement applies to
coursework that may have been completed as part of an exchange program, as a
visiting student, etc. The evaluation
must include a program equivalency conversion, an overall grade point average
conversion for each year of study, as well as a course-by-course conversion.
This requirement will be
waived for those applicants completing foreign coursework of two semesters or
Skills and Abilities for our Medical
Students in medicine must be able to communicate with
patients and colleagues, make observations about patients, gather information
and analyze data in order to arrive at medical judgments. Applicants who may
need accommodation to undertake the Medical Program at the Northern Ontario
School of Medicine are advised to review the Skills and Abilities policy on the
OMSAS or NOSM website and to contact the Learning Assistance Office at Lakehead
University or the Special Needs Office at Laurentian University for more
English Language Proficiency
Students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine must be
proficient in written and spoken English. All application material must be
submitted in English. The School reserves the right to deny admission to any
applicant whose ability in written and spoken English is judged to be
The Aboriginal Admissions Stream
Aboriginal 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 submit:
- A 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
- Proof of Aboriginal ancestry.
This documentation must be submitted to
OMSAS by the application deadline for the year in which they apply.
considering the Aboriginal Admissions Stream are strongly urged to contact the
Office of Admissions for further information.
The Admissions Process
The final selection for Admission is based on the GPA, the
score of the admissions questionnaire, the score from the interview and
reference letters. The admissions policies and procedures will give an
advantage to applicants from the following groups:
remote and northern urban origin applicants from Northern Ontario
applicants from elsewhere in Ontario
remote and northern urban applicants from elsewhere in Canada
procedures for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine include:
Stage 1: Application is examined to ensure that it is complete and
that minimum requirements are met.
Stage 2: Admissions questionnaire is scored and GPA is confirmed.
Stage 3: Invitation to interview (approximately 300).
Stage 4: Final score for all applications of interview candidates
completed and ranking determined.
Stage 5: Offers of admission sent to top 64 candidates. Waiting list
Additional Admissions Requirements
Successful applicants are required to provide proof of
up-to-date immunization status. Information on specific requirements is
included with the offer of admission. Also, a current Basic Cardiac Life
Support Certificate and a current Criminal Records Check is required. Failure
to comply with any of these requirements may result in students being denied
access to clinical settings. Proof must be provided by 30 September of the year
Applicants who are not invited for an interview will
receive a letter in late January or early February of the year following
application indicating that they have been unsuccessful at that stage in the
admissions process. Those applicants who are interviewed will be sent
notification the second week of May as to their status: accepted, on the
waiting list or unsuccessful.
Applications are not held over from one year to the next.
Unsuccessful applicants will be required to reapply through OMSAS with a new
application for the following admissions cycle.
Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum, NOSM cannot
accept transfer students.