Admissions: Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Procedures

How do I apply to this program? What materials should I include in my packet? Where do I send my application?

Interested service members must apply through their service.


Eligibility Criteria

What if I am interested in another medical specialty such as physician assistant, nursing or dentistry? Is this the right program for me?

This program is for service members who are interested in becoming medical doctors.

You can explore more military medical options at the following links. (These links are provided for information only. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences does not manage these programs and is unable to provide additional guidance.)

Are commissioned officers, National Guard/reserve members, or civilians eligible for this program?

This program is open to active duty enlisted service members.

Is this program limited to any specific military occupational specialty?

No, this program is not limited to any specific military occupational specialty.

What are the age limits for this program?

The age limits for this program will be determined by the services.

I have not completed my baccalaureate degree. May I enroll in this program to finish my degree?

This is not a degree completion program. You must have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university to enroll in the EMDP2 Program.

May I have a specific undergraduate major to qualify for this program?

No, you may apply with any undergraduate major.

I have completed all of the premedical prerequisite courses. May I apply to this program for MCAT preparation only?

This program is designed to immerse service members in a two-year comprehensive curriculum that includes academic coursework, MCAT preparation, clinical exposure, and mentoring. The EMDP2 Program does not offer a separate MCAT preparation track.

I have completed all of the premedical prerequisite courses. May I enroll in the second year of this program?

This program is intentionally structured to offer the greatest impact on a student's medical school competitiveness. If you have successfully completed the premedical prerequisite courses in a traditional classroom setting with a grade of B or higher at a U.S. college or university, you will be offered the opportunity to enroll in more advanced science classes. You must enroll for the full two years.


Program Information

Will this be a one-time offering or is this program expected to continue?

The program is expected to continue and to accept candidates in future years.

What does "maintaining an active duty status" mean? (If accepted to this program, will I be commissioned or separated?)

If accepted into this program, you will remain on active duty. You will be assigned to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and will continue to receive active duty pay and benefits. You will not be commissioned while enrolled in this program.

Does participation in this program constitute a TDY or a PCS?

Participation in this program constitutes a PCS to the Washington, DC area. Family member travel will be authorized.

Will my relocation expenses be paid?

Yes, relocation expenses will be paid by your service.

What is the service commitment for participation in this program?

The Services (Army, Navy, Air Force) will determine the incurred commitment and will publish this information in their program announcements.

Where will the courses be held? Will I take classes at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences?

Classes will be held at George Mason University – Prince William Campus, Manassas, Virginia.

Will completion of this program guarantee me acceptance to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences?

No, completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Can participants in this program apply to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and civilian medical schools?

Participants in the EMDP2 Program will be required to apply to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and encouraged to apply to civilian medical schools.

Are participants in this program still eligible to apply for the Health Professions Scholarship Program?

Participants in this program will be eligible for and encouraged to apply to the Health Professions Scholarship Program.

What happens to a service member who does not complete this program after starting?

A service member who does not complete the program will return to his/her respective service for re-assignment based on the needs of the service.