Frequently Asked Questions
Is the MCAT required?
What is the average GPA of the students who are admitted to NOSM?
Is there an age limit for application to NOSM?
Are there places reserved for students from Northern Ontario?
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?
Is there a limited number of spots available to ‘out of province’ applicants?
I attended CEGEP and then finished a degree at a university in Quebec. Am I eligible to apply?
I completed some courses online – will they be included in the GPA calculation?
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.