Pre-Health Advising is working to keep up with changes to how COVID-19 is affecting applications to health professions programs, mandatory standardized tests, and other programs. Below is a running list of links to various organizations and updates on information a we know it. As always, UIC students and alumni should reach out to Pre-Health Advising for an appointment or with questions or concerns. More programming will be coming to you via webinar and online resources throughout the rest of this semester as well.

Pre-Health Advising Appointments

Pre-Health advising appointments are available!

All appointments will be held online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. Continue to schedule an appointment in the normal manner. Once it is scheduled, you will receive an email from your advisor with your virtual meeting location link.

Drop-Ins 

Drop-ins will continue on Tuesdays via 15-minute appointments. These will also be online. For Bachelor-Level educational goals (pre-nursing, pre-HIM, pre-nutrition, or pre-public health) please use the “General” appointments to schedule a drop-in with your assigned pre-health advisor. For Graduate-Level educational goals (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-OT/PT, etc) please use the “Pre-Professional –> Pre-Health” drop-in appointments. You may then select to meet with one of the graduate level pre-health advisors. Please note for schedule balancing, you may be moved between advisors if necessary.

Volunteering in the time of COVID-19

We in Pre-Health Advising want to make sure to acknowledge that the world is turned upside down right now. In no way should you feel guilty or forced to volunteer; especially if you are already working hard to manage all of your needs plus academics.

If you find yourself wishing to help or wanting to get involved, UIC does have some resources/suggestions available. Volunteer in ways that feel good and useful to you during this time. See the link below for some options.

CR/NC Policy

Spring 2020 CR/NC Policy & Considerations for Pre-Health Programs

With the new undergraduate CR/NC policy just released, Pre-Health Advising is working to find out as much information as possible regarding how pre-requisite courses for your health professions educational goal will be affected if covered with a CR/NC.

At this time, we are recommending that students keep a letter grade for the courses that are required for their health professions programs. You have until April 29, 2020 to make a decision regarding CR/NC, so it may be worthwhile to engage in your online courses right now as though you plan to earn a letter grade. However, this is subject to change as we learn more and we will update below as information becomes known. Please check back for updates regularly.

Please schedule a 30-minute appointment (M, W, TH, F) or a 15-minute drop-in advising appointment on Tuesdays if you wish to discuss your options prior to April 29, 2020.

Unless otherwise stated, all health professions programs listed below are UIC specific.

Standardized Testing Updates

We will update known information about standardized testing here. If no information is known, we’ll indicate that under each exam.

DAT Updates

The DAT is taken/administered through Prometric at Prometric Testing Centers. Currently, Prometric has temporarily closed testing centers starting March 18.

Individuals with an existing appointment to take the DAT should have received instructions on how to reschedule. There are no rescheduling fees during this time. If you had a test scheduled and did not receive notification from Prometric, please reach out to them directly.

You may find updates at the Prometric Corona Virus update site.

GRE Updates

Given the global nature of the GRE, ETS  has canceled tests in some locations. In the Chicago area, you can register for a test at one of the GRE testing centers. However, we recommend that students wishing to take the GRE consider their new At Home Testing for the GRE General Test. There are certain technology requirements and the test is proctored online by a trained human proctor during the entire test to maintain test security. The At Home Testing will otherwise be identical in test format, content, on-screen experience, and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at the test center. Learn more about the At Home GRE test and how to register.

If your GRE has been postponed or canceled, you should have received an email. ETS is currently waiving all rescheduling fees. Please follow along with the GRE updates at the ETS Corona Virus updates page.

MCAT Updates

updated 4/3/2020

The April 24 and April 25  MCAT exam administrations have been cancelled globally.

Flexible rescheduling has been extended for exams taking place through the end of May.

The AAMC has an MCAT COVID-19 FAQ page with more information.

Pearson VUE administers the MCAT exam. See the Pearson VUE FAQ for more general exam information.

OAT Updates

The OAT is taken/administered through Prometric at Prometric Testing Centers. Currently, Prometric has temporarily closed testing centers starting March 18.

Individuals with an existing appointment to take the OAT should have received instructions on how to reschedule. There are no rescheduling fees during this time. If you had a test scheduled and did not receive notification from Prometric, please reach out to them directly.

You may find updates at the Prometric Corona Virus update site.

PCAT Updates

updated 4/1/2020

The April 2-3 PCAT exams have been canceled.

Currently all Pearson VUE testing enters have been temporarily closed. If you had an exam scheduled, you should have received an email notification. Refunds are being processed by PCAT Customer Relations so that you may register at a later date. At this time, they are evaluating a possible reschedule of the April administration. The next scheduled PCAT is in July 2020.

Please visit the Pearson VUE PCAT website or Pearson VUE FAQs for more updates.

Health Professions Application Services

Find information about how application services are handling COVID-19. Any unknown information will be noted as such.

MD - AMCAS Updates

updated 4/1/2020

2020 AMCAS Applicants (have submitted an application for Fall 2020 start): No changes to timelines or milestones. Visit the AMCAS Coronavirus FAQs page for more.

  • The AAMC has provided resources to medical schools still conducting interviews in the wake of travel restrictions. If you have an interview scheduled, please contact your school ASAP as final policies are made on a school-by-school basis.

2021 AMCAS Applicants (planning to submit an application in Summer 2020 for Fall 2021 start): Under evaluation, but currently no anticipated changes. Visit the AMCAS Coronavirus FAQs for more.

The Fee Assistance Program is working remotely and modifying some operations. See the FAP Coronavirus FAQs for more information.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is currently in normal operating status. Check the SHPEP website for more information as situations change rapidly.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

DO - AACOMAS Updates

updated 3/31/2020

AACOMAS Application/School Information updates: If you scroll down on the AACOM Coronavirus Resources for Applicants & Advisors page, you will find school specific responses to COVID-19 challenges. This includes information about virtual interviews for applicants currently in the application process to DO Letter requirements for the application to whether schools will accept CR/NC grades for prerequisite courses.

AACOMAS has added a question to the 2020-2021 application (opening this summer for Fall 2021 start) prompting applicants to describe how COVID-19 has impacted their pathway to medical school. The question is opened ended and allows applicants up to 2,500 characters to describe any academic, personal, financial, or professional barriers that COVID-19 may be presenting.

You can find blog posts and more information on the AACOM Coronavirus Resources for Applicants & Advisors page.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Liaison Application Service updates

updated 4/1/2020

All health professions programs that utilize a centralized application system (CAS) except MD/AMCAS use Liaison as their application system provider.

From Liaison:

  • All CAS service staff are working remotely and able to assist applicants as usual.
  • All CAS application services are operating as expected/per usual.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information. An updated FAQ section has been added.

Dental AADSAS Updates

updated 4/1/2020

2020 AADSAS Applicants (have submitted an application for Fall 2020 start): No changes to timelines or application processes.

2021 AADSAS Applicants (planning to submit an application in Summer 2020 for Fall 2021 start): No changes; anticipated to open as scheduled on May 12, 2020.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Occupational Therapy Updates

There are no updates on the OTCAS or OATA websites regarding the either the 2020 or 2021 OTCAS application cycles. Information is subject to change quickly.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Optometry Updates

At this time, OptomCAS plans to continue processing applications without interruption.

Many optometry schools have made changes to application requirements and/or deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the websites of the schools that you have applied to for specific details about any changes.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the link below for the most up-to-date information:

Pharmacy Application Updates

updated 4/1/2020

2020 PharmCAS Applicants (have submitted an application for Fall 2020 start): PharmCAS has modified its 2019-2020 cycle dates to better accomodate students and schools.

  • If you are interested in applying to a program but will have difficulty meeting the application deadline, please contact the institution to request a deadline extension.
  • Interviews are expected to move to a virtual format. Dress appropriately and double check what shows in your background! If you cannot participate in a virtual interview, contact the admission office as soon as possible.
  • PharmCAS will soon begin to accept unofficial transcripts from applicants in the current 2019-2020 cycle who are unable to obtain official transcripts due to campus closures or registrar office delays. Official transcripts should be sent if they are available. For those who submit need to submit unofficial transcripts, an official transcript will eventually be required.

2021 PharmCAS Applicants (planning to submit an application for Fall 2021 start): No changes; anticipated to open as scheduled on July 14, 2020.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Physical Therapy Updates

updated 4/1/2020

PTCAS has issued recommendations to DPT programs for a number of areas affecting students/applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the recommendations, but also check with the individual schools you are interested in applying to for their school specific policies.

2019-2020 Application Cycle (have submitted an application for Fall 2020 start): PTCAS remains open and functioning at full capacity. You should see no interruptions to service.

2020-2021 Application Cycle (applying in Summer 2020 for Fall 2021 start): PTCAS remains scheduled to open on June 17, 2020.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Physician Assistant (PA) CASPA Updates

There are no updates on the CASPA or PAEA websites regarding the either the 2020 or 2021 CASPA application cycles. Information is subject to change quickly.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Podiatric Medical School (AACPMAS)

updated 4/1/2020

A statement from the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine to the National Association for Advisors of the Health Professions:

The AACPM, and the nine colleges of podiatric medicine it represents, recognize the extraordinary situation current and future students are experiencing during the COVID19 pandemic. If you have found that your previous pathway to a physician discipline has been disrupted during this extraordinary COVID19 pandemic, we wish to reassure you that your new pathway will be recognized and honored as “special circumstances beyond your control.” We are taking action to offer current and future applicants the appropriate accommodations to alleviate fears and concerns during this application cycle. We are all in this together.

The AACPM is suspending, in part, its current Traffic Rules to mitigate requirements for the following:

  • Official MCAT. The colleges have agreed to temporarily waive Item II.5 of the AACPMAS Traffic Rules for the remainder of the application cycle, which states “Schools and colleges will not take final admissions action, including a request for deposit or a matriculation agreement, prior to the receipt of an official MCAT (or DAT) standardized test score. An official score is accepted only through the AACPMAS program.”

If your spring MCAT (or DAT) has been cancelled, this means the school or college now has the prerogative to modify testing requirements for you. Each school or college will provide you with their specific modifications. Additionally, the AACPM and its colleges of podiatric medicine wish to confirm the following:

  • 1. Acceptance of online and/or distance learning prerequisites: all schools and colleges will accept Spring 2020 prerequisites that are delivered via online or distance learning.
  • 2. Courses taken as Pass/No Pass: all schools and colleges will accept Spring 2020 prerequisites that are graded Pass/No Pass
  • 3. In-person Interviews: Interviews may now be conducted via video-conference technology or other acceptable means.

While the AACPM is a resource for you during the application process, we do encourage you to reach out to the schools and colleges of podiatric medicines’ offices of admissions for additional guidance on starting or completing an application. Contact information for each college can be found here: https://www.aacpm.org/colleges/.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information:

Veterinary Medicine (VMCAS)

updated 4/1/2020

2019-2020 Application Cycle (submitted application for Fall 2020 start):

  • All established deadlines remain in effect. If you have been affected by COVID-19 and wish to appeal a deadline you may do so in the appeals form.
  • VMCAS is functioning as normal and is on schedule.

2020-2021 Application Cycle (applying in Summer 2020 for Fall 2021 start):

  • The 2020-2021 AAVMC VMCAS application cycle is open and you may begin working on your application.
  • Application submission is expected to begin on May 12, 2020 and end on September 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Please see the Liaison Application Service tab for questions about the Centralized Application Service and/or how your application services may be affected.

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information: