Centralized Application Services

Many of the health professions utilize Centralized Application Services as their primary application. Centralized Application Services (CAS) provide standardized information to the individual health professions schools from a single application completed online. This allows applicants to submit one application to multiple schools. Although many individual schools will also require a secondary application, the CAS streamlines things by serving as a hub for transcripts, entrance exams, and letters of recommendation.

If a school participates in a CAS you MUST use that service to apply to the professional school. It is important to submit your primary application EARLY in the application process. Applications will take longer than just a few hours to complete. You should begin to prepare well in advance of when you plan to apply.

The websites for each Centralized Application Service include detailed instructions and information for students. It is critical that you read ALL instructions before beginning your application. The primary application will be the first thing schools see when evaluating your application, so it is critical that you utilize all the resources available to you to help you prepare an error-free application.



Click on your chosen health profession below for details about the Centralized Application Service

     

Allopathic Medicine

AMCAS - American Medical College Application Service

  • Number of Participating Schools: 149 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Cost: $169 which includes one medical school designation. Each additional school is $39.
  • Fee Assistance? Yes, through the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program, which includes a waiver for all AMCAS fees for up to 16 medical schools, along with other benefits. Applications for FAP open in January. Apply early. 
  • Application Timing: Opens in early May for edits; Applicants can submit in early June.
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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible for your best chance of admission.  It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of AMCAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application.


TMDSAS - Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service

  • Number of Participating Schools: All 9 allopathic Texas medical schools (public schools only).
  • Cost: $150 flat fee, which includes all TMDSAS participating medical schools.
  • Fee Assistance? No fee waivers available
  • Application Timing: Applicants may begin submitting in June. Students applying after Junior year should wait until their Spring grades are posted before applying.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible for your best chance of admission. Some medical schools in Texas begin offering interviews as early as July. It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of TMDSAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application.
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Dentistry

AADSAS - Associated American Dental School Application Service

There are 67 schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that participate in AADSAS. The cost of the application is $245, which includes one dental school designation. Each additional school is $99. Students may apply for the AADSAS Fee Assistance Program, which includes a waiver for all AADSAS fees for the first 3 dental school designations on your application. The application for fee assistance opens when the AADSAS application opens (early June). It is recommended that you apply for fee assistance ASAP. Once approved, the applicant must submit the AADSAS application within 14 calendar days to receive the assistance.

AADSAS opens in early June each year, and students are able to submit their application as soon as it is complete. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible.  The most common reason for application delays include late entrance exams, not asking for recommendation letters with enough notice, continuous editing of your personal statement and essays, and issues with transcripts. It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of AADSAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application. Be sure to review all important dates on the AADSAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

TMDSAS - Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service

There are three public dental schools that participate in TMDSAS. Texas residents must apply through TMDSAS. Non-Texas residents may apply through TMDSAS or AADSAS. There is one flat fee of $150 regardless of the number of schools applying to. No fee waivers are available.

TMDSAS opens in early May each year. There is no "editing" period, students are able to submit their application as soon as it is complete. Students applying after Junior year should wait until their Spring grades are posted before applying. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible. Some medical schools in Texas begin offering interviews as early as July. Be sure to review all important dates on the TMDSAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

Genetic Counseling

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Nursing

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Occupational Therapy

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Optometry

OptomCAS - Optometry Centralized Application Service

There are 23 schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that participate in OptomCAS. The cost of the application is $165 which includes one optometry school designation. Each additional school is $65. No fee waivers for OptomCAS are available at this time. 

OptomCAS opens in late June/early July each year. Students are able to submit their applicatin as soon as it is complete. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible. Although programs have deadlines as late as February, you should not wait that long to apply. It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of OptomCAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application. Be sure to review all important dates on the AACOMAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

Osteopathic Medicine

AACOMAS - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service

There are 33 schools that participate in AACOMAS. The cost of the application is $195 which includes one medical school designation. Each additional school is $45. A limited number of fee waivers are available through the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program to help cover the cost of applying. Awards are given out until funds run out for the cycle, so it is best to apply early in the calendar year.

AACOMAS opens in early May each year. Students are able to submit their application as soon as it is complete. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible.  The most common reason for application delays include late entrance exams, not asking for recommendation letters with enough notice, continuous editing of your personal statement and essays, and issues with transcripts. It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of AACOMAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application. Be sure to review all important dates on the AACOMAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

TMDSAS - Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service

There is 1 osteopathic Texas medical school that participates in TMDSAS. There is one flat fee of $150 regardless of the number of schools applying to. No fee waivers are available.

TMDSAS opens in early May each year. Students are able to submit their application as soon as it is complete. Students applying after Junior year should wait until their Spring grades are posted before applying. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible. Some medical schools in Texas begin offering interviews as early as July. Be sure to review all important dates on the AMCAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

Pharmacy

PharmCAS: Pharmacy College Application Service

Approximately 135 schools participate in PharmCAS. The cost of the application is $175 which includes one pharmacy school designation. Each additional school is $55. A limited number fee waivers are available through the PharmCAS Fee Assistance Program, which covers the PharmCAS fees and 1 school. Waivers are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis so it's best to apply early. Your fee waiver request must be received and processed BEFORE you submit your PharmCAS application.  Once approved, the applicant must submit the PharmCAS application within 45 calendar days to receive the assistance.

The PharmCAS application opens each year in early to mid July. Students are able to submit their application as soon as it is complete. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as early in the cycle as possible. Although some programs have deadlines as late as March, you should not wait that long to apply. It is critical that you begin preparing for your application well in advance of PharmCAS opening so you can submit a timely, quality application. Be sure to review all important dates on the PharmCAS website, and discuss your timeline with your pre-health advisor.

Physical Therapy

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Physician Assistant

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Podiatric Medicine

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Public Health

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Veterinary Medicine

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