Early Assurance Pathway (formerly Bacc/M.D.)


The Early Assurance Pathway is a partnership program where current UA students can apply for provisional admission to NEOMED beginning in their second year of study at UA. Each year NEOMED will admit up to 35 UA students into the Early Assurance Pathway.

Admission to medical school is extremely competitive. Nationally only 40% of applicants who applied to M.D. schools in the U.S. were admitted. That means over half of the students that apply to medical school don’t get a single offer of admission. The Early Assurance Pathway could mean you have a seat in medical school waiting on you.

Provisional admission means that you have been offered admission to NEOMED and they are holding a seat in medical school for you provided that you meet certain qualifications in the time allotted.

Current UA students who have been enrolled at UA for at least one year, have not yet earned a bachelors degree, and meet the application eligibility guidelines.

  • 26 ACT (or SAT equivalent) 
    • Or, as an alternate condition be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of application
  • 3.4 College GPA and 3.4 BCPM GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math/Stats)
    • this includes not only your UA GPA but any College GPA earned through transfer or CCP coursework
  • Be a U.S citizen/U.S. permanent resident (latter must submit documentation of status during application process)
  • Successfully complete 20 credits of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math coursework at the time of application.
    • Typical 1st year pre-med coursework such as: 3100:111/112 Principles of Biology I & II and 3150:151/152/153/154 Principles of Chemistry I & II with labs.
  • Have completed a year at UA as a full time degree seeking student, post high school graduation. 
    • a year of CCP cannot satisfy this requirement

requirements as defined by NEOMED 

  1. No, there is not a state residency requirement. However, there is a preference given to Ohio residents or students who have a demonstrated connection to Ohio (family in or from Ohio, went to high school in Ohio, etc...).
  2. Yes, there is a U.S. residency requirement. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Verification of permanent residency requires that you provide your alien registration number and a copy of your alien registration card at the time of your application.
  1. Apply to UA for undergraduate admission if you will be a new student
  2. Apply to NEOMED for admission to the Early Assurance Pathway in the fall of your second year at UA
    1. if you have questions, contact the Pre-Health Adviser, Ashley Rini

To be admitted to the Early Assurance Pathway, a student must submit an application to NEOMED in the fall of their second year at UA along with the required application materials.

  • Completed application essays
  • Take the CASPerTest by NEOMED fall deadline
  • Official UA transcripts along with any other post-secondary transcripts reflecting all applicant grades up through the current fall semester of the application period
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Application fee
  • One evaluation from the UA pre-health committee to follow after application has been submitted

After all materials have been submitted and reviewed, NEOMED will invite selected applicants for an in person interview.

Focus on your academic credentials, especially developing a strong foundation in math and science coursework. Participate in experiences related to medicine and community involvement, and other diverse experiences. Along with doing well in your academic coursework, participate in medically related activities such as: volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, or free clinics, shadowing physicians, internships, research, get involved in student clubs/orgs, etc. 

NEOMED can accept up to 35 UA students each year.

All classes taken at the Post-Secondary level (AP, CCP) are reviewed, evaluated, and applied appropriately to a students degree program when they enroll at The University of Akron. Students should be aware that all college coursework in which a student earned a grade, including CCP classes taken at your local high school, will be a part of your Early Assurance Pathway GPA reviewed by NEOMED.

Upon acceptance as a provisionally admitted student to the NEOMED Early Assurance Pathway, students will have a seat reserved for them as a first-year medical student at NEOMED. These students will matriculate to NEOMED if all promotion requirements, subject to additional professional behavior guidelines, are met.

NEOMED requires that provisionally admitted students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Maintain a 3.4 BCPM GPA or higher in all science and math courses with an earned grade of ‘C’ or higher
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree program, NEOMED prerequisite courses, as well as all courses required of the Early Assurance Pathway
  • Be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours each semester upon admission
  • Take the MCAT by July 31st of the preceding year to be eligible for admission to NEOMED (typically the summer before senior year). Earn a minimum score of 500 or 505 depending on your Organic Chemistry grades. Details here

NEOMED prerequisites & Early Assurance Pathway courses:

  • 3100:111 Principles of Biology I w/Lab
  • 3100:112 Principles of Biology II w/Lab
  • 3150:151,152 Principles of Chemistry I w/Lab
  • 3150:153,154 Principles of Chemistry II w/Qualitative Analysis Lab
  • 3150:263/265 Organic Chemistry I w/Lab
  • 3150:264/266 Organic Chemistry II w/Lab
  • 3150:401 Biochemistry I
  • 3650:261 Physics for Life Sciences I w/Lab (3650:291 also acceptable)
  • 3650:262 Physics for Life Sciences II w/Lab (3650:292 also acceptable)
  • Early Assurance Pathway required coursework
    • 3100:190 Health Care and Delivery Systems
    • 3100:290 Health Care and Delivery Systems

Strongly Recommended Coursework:

  • 3100:211 Genetics
  • 3100:331 Microbiology
  • 3100:363/364 Foundations of Physiology w/Lab
  • 3100:401 Human Anatomy for Biology Majors w/Lab
  • 3100:437 Immunology
  • 3100:485/486 Cell Physiology w/Lab
  • 3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
  • 3470:261/262 Introductory Stats I & II

Information sessions and tours are offered by the Office of Admissions for high school students Monday through Friday, and select Saturdays throughout the year. These sessions are conducted by an Admissions representative just prior to the student-guided campus tour.

Schedule your visit by phone: 1-800-655-4884 or 330-972-7100.