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Special Consideration Program with the College of Health Professions and the School of Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Doctor of Medicine
Through a partnership with the College of Health Professions (CHP) Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Program, Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) offers a Special Consideration Program (SCP).
High school students must apply in the fall of their senior year in order to complete the application process by December 1 of their senior year. Up to two incoming freshmen will be accepted by the Doctor of Medicine (MD) admissions committee into this program per year.
Eligibility Criteria to Apply to the SCP: BSPH-Pre-Medicine Track
The applicant must:
be a US citizen or a US permanent resident;
have continuously maintained status as a legal resident of the state of Georgia for at least 4 years immediately preceding the date of the application;
have obtained a high-school GPA of 3.7 or greater on a 4-point scale;
have obtained a SAT score of at least 1300 (Math and Critical Reasoning combined) or a composite ACT score of at least 29;
have been accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program for matriculation in Fall;
have at least 2 confidential letters of reference (at least one from a science or math instructor at high school, and at least one letter of character reference) directly submitted by the letter writer to the MUSM Admissions Office.
After a complete application is submitted by the deadline:
Complete applications submitted by the deadline are subject to screening by the MD Program Admissions Committee at MUSM before a decision to invite applicants to an interview is made.
 
Requirements for maintenance of eligibility to be in the SCP and for eventual acceptance to the MD program at MUSM in August 2024 of a candidate matriculating in 2020 into the SCP BSPH – Pre-Medicine Track is contingent upon the applicant meeting the following requirements:
1. Students must complete all medical school admission requirements at Mercer University College of Health Professions (CHP).
2. Students must demonstrate a minimum mathematics competency that is equivalent to pre-calculus (MAT 133) or above; this competency may be demonstrated through credit (college, AP, or CLEP) for MAT 133 or its equivalent, or through a score of 15 or higher on the math placement test. Information about the math placement test can be found online here: http://aas.mercer.edu/for-students/placement-exams/.
3. Students must obtain the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from the College of Health Professions at Mercer University before matriculation into the MD program.
4. Students must complete prerequisite courses for matriculation into the MD program by June of the intended year of matriculation into the MD program. Prerequisite courses for applying to the MD program in MUSM are noted at: http://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/md/information/committee/
5. The MUSM Admissions Office should receive official transcripts of all post-secondary college coursework from the institution(s) in which such work was undertaken by July 31, 2024.
6. Students must attend 80% of the meetings for SCP students at MUSM. These meetings are held at MUSM and arranged by the director/dean of admissions twice a year, and are intended to familiarize SCP students further with what MUSM has to offer.
7. Students must obtain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a cumulative biology, chemistry, physics, and math (BCPM) GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of Year 1 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30, 2021.
8. Students must obtain a cumulative GPA and a cumulative BCPM GPA of at least 3.25 at the end of Year 2 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30, 2022.
9. Students must obtain a cumulative GPA and a cumulative BCPM GPA of at least 3.5 at the end of Year 3 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30, 2023.
10. Students must document at least 100 hours of volunteer work consistent with MUSM’s mission during the first three years of undergraduate studies. This should be documented in the Primary American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and supported by letters of recommendation.
11. Students must achieve an overall percentile rank of 67 or better on the 'New (2015)' Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
12. Students must achieve a percentile rank of at least 50 in the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the same MCAT.
13. Students must apply to the Early Decision Program in August 2023 (for admission into the MD program at Mercer University School of Medicine in August 2024).
14. Students must provide a positive letter of evaluation from Mercer University Health Vocations Advisement Committee, with no history of institutional action against the applicant during his/her studies at Mercer University.
15. MUSM must receive an acceptable Criminal Background Check from the AMCAS following initial acceptance into the MD program.
16. Students must meet Technical Standards for Admission to the MD Program at MUSM.
Please be aware that the Admissions Committee of MUSM reviews admissions criteria for its various programs including the MD program from time to time. MUSM reserves the right to amend criteria for eventual acceptance, but students in the SCP program will be notified reasonably in advance of any changes that may apply to their application to the MD program at MUSM.
If the SCP applicant meets criteria above, then a subsequent interview at the time of submitting an application to the MD program at MUSM in August 2023 is waived. If the applicant does not meet any of the above criteria or applies to the MD program as a 'Regular Pool' applicant, an interview is not waived at the time of applying to the MD program. Also in this case, an interview is required but is not guaranteed either, and such an applicant will be reviewed as any traditional applicant to the MD program applying during the senior year of undergraduate studies.
Reference: Adapted from published policies of MUSM on the Guaranteed Admissions Program – Pre-Medicine Track at:
http://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/md/enhancement-programs/guaranteed/