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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the MCAT required?

No, the MCAT is not an admissions requirement for NOSM. Any MCAT scores that are submitted as part of an application are not taken into consideration in the review of the application.


What is the average GPA of the students who are admitted to NOSM?

Information regarding entering classes at NOSM may be found on the Class Profiles page.

Is there an age limit for application to NOSM?

No. There is no age limit for application to NOSM.

Are there places reserved for students from Northern Ontario?

No. However, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has a mandate to prepare students from the north for careers in medicine. Applications from students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing medicine in northern urban, rural and remote communities are encouraged. While seats are not reserved for northern students, the School is committed to maximizing the recruitment of these students.

I am not from Northern Ontario, should I still apply?

We are looking for highly motivated students from a variety of backgrounds, who are self-directed, who will thrive in a small group- based, distributed learning environment, who have a genuine interest in helping us fulfill our mandate and who uphold our values.

The aim is to have class profiles which reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario. It is the intention of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to maximize the recruitment of students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practising medicine in Northern urban, rural and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian students.

We are looking for a concrete, demonstrated interest in living and working in Northern Ontario, and/or other rural, remote or northern urban communities.  Volunteer experience, work experience, extracurricular activities and research are all areas one can endeavour to demonstrate this interest. You have the opportunity to outlines these experiences in the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch. 

The applications are initially screened and scored based on 3 components: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context.  The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada.  It is based upon the above three elements that an invitation to interview at NOSM is extended.  Approximately 300 are invited each year.


Should students interested in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine be applying to Laurentian or Lakehead University for their pre-med qualifications?

Both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities offer a range of high quality university programs that would provide excellent preparation for admission to the medical school. Choosing a northern university for undergraduate studies might be one way that students can demonstrate their interest in studying and working in Northern Ontario. However, place of undergraduate studies is only one of many indicators of a student's interest in the North.

Is there a limited number of spots available to "out of province" applicants? 

NOSM does not have any "out of province" spots or quotas, we consider all applicants by the same criteria: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context.  The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada. 

I attended CEGEP and then finished a degree at a university in Quebec. Am I eligible to apply? 

You are eligible to apply if you have completed the DEC (diplome d'etudes collegiales) from Quebec (CEGEP) and a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in Quebec (3 years of university after the DEC). Completion of the DEC and the three years leading to a bachelor's degree from a Quebec university are considered the equivalent of a four year degree for the purposes of applying to the School.

I completed some courses online - will they be included the GPA calculation? 

Yes, as long as the courses and/or degree program you are completing is from a recognized university. 


Does NOSM accept transfer or international students?

Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum, NOSM cannot accept transfer students. If you are accepted to the medical school, you must complete the full 4 years of the medical program.

NOSM does not accept international students. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) to be eligible to apply.

My university degree program is a ‘transfer’ or collaborative program that combines community college credits with university degree credits. Will my college course credits be used in the calculation of my GPA?

No college credits will not be used. NOSM requires the minimum completion of a 4 year recognized university undergraduate degree (3 year, if applying as a Mature Student). Only university degree level course credits are used in the calculation of the GPA. NOSM recognizes the programming partnership and collaboration that exists between many universities and community colleges. 

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 at the time you apply.

Is my professional degree considered a graduate or undergraduate degree?

Professional degrees earned at Canadian institutions are generally considered undergraduate degrees. These degrees include education, engineering, law and veterinary medicine. Applications will be individually assessed upon application to NOSM.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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