queens medical school admissions

Academic Requirements
Academic requirements for Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents:

A minimum of 15 full or 30 half credits in any university program by the end of the academic year (September–April) in which application is made.

All applicants are required to write the Medical College Admission Test prior to the deadline for submission of applications to OMSAS.

Credit Requirements
In order to qualify for entry into the School of Medicine, candidates are required to have a minimum of 30 half or 15 full course credits at the undergraduate university level as described below. This requirement must be fulfilled by the June 30 prior to possible entry into the program.   Transfer credits appearing on your university transcript will be included in the credit requirement (i.e.  IB, AP, college credits).

Each year we receive applications from candidates who have studied at universities with various credit and grading systems. In order to give each candidate equal consideration, courses are weighted according to their length of study as follows:

Full-year courseweight of 1
Half-year courseweight of .5
Semester courseweight of .5
Three quarter courseweight of .75
Quarter courseweight of 0.25 (applies only to American Universities)
Science laboratory - 

Graded separately and is weighted as less than a half-year/semester course:weight of 0.25

All applicants are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to the deadline date for submission of the application to OMSAS.

For further details about the test, applicants should visit www.aamc.org/mcat/.  

The Queen’s School of Medicine imposes NO restrictions on the number of times that the candidate may take the test.
In the event an applicant has written the test multiple times, the applicant must ensure that all test results are released to OMSAS. All MCAT scores will then be reported by OMSAS to Queen’s University.
Test results are valid from any test written within 5 years of the application submission, but this only applies to the 2015 MCAT as the committee no longer assess test scores prior to 2015.
Applicants whose MCAT score have not been submitted prior to the assessment of their file may be disqualified.
Applications will be assessed based on the scores from the candidate's best test results.

Please note:

The School of Medicine is aware that applicants may not have received the results of the September writings of the MCAT prior to the application deadline. Applicants will not be penalized in the event that MCAT scores are released after the expected October MCAT release date; however, applicants must release their scores as soon as they are made available.
The School of Medicine Admissions Committee has stated;  as of May 2017, Queen’s School of Medicine will no longer be accepting any MCAT scores prior to the 2015 MCAT. Therefore applicants applying in the fall of 2017 will be required to submit scores from the latest version of the MCAT.
International Applicants:

Queen’s University admits 100 students annually to the first year of its medical degree program. These 100 positions are reserved for applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents.

Queen’s University admits up to a maximum of five international students (non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents) per year. If accepted into the program, international students are responsible for ensuring that all licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practice medicine are fulfilled.

To apply for September 2018 please visit OMSAS to generate an account. Please note the final date to open an application is September 15, 2017.

Requirements for Admission

Grade Point Average

Applicants must have competed (or be in their final year of study) the equivalent of a Canadian four-year university bachelor’s (honours) degree. No specific course pre-requisites are required. Applicants attending university outside Canada or the United States must have their academic credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by the World Education Services (WES). A course‑by‑course evaluation, with an overall grade point average is required. For more information on this service, please visit www.wes.org/ca/. Applicants must arrange to have their university transcripts sent directly to WES in time to have the WES assessment completed. Applicants will be responsible for any applicable costs associated with the WES assessment. Applicants from within Canada or the United States must submit an official transcript to the Queen's University Undergraduate Medical Education Office. All transcripts must arrive in a sealed endorsed envelope from the institution. Applicants must submit transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions they have attended.


Applicants are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). MCAT scores will be accepted provided the test was written no more than five years prior to the application deadline for this program.

Autobiographical Sketch

Queen's School of Medicine uses the detailed autobiographical sketch as part of the application evaluation. This submission provides our assessors with a snapshot of a candidate’s personal achievements and experiences. The autobiographical sketch should address the following items:

Formal Education
Volunteer Activities
Extra-Curricular Activities
Awards & Accomplishments
Publications & Research
The autobiographical sketch will be assessed based on the quality of the listed items and the characteristics they represent (not on the number of items listed). The candidate must list the length of time each activity has taken and the location of activity, as well as a brief description, which can be in point form. Please ensure that the items selected for inclusion are relevant to a medical school application.

Reference Letters

The candidate is required to submit three (3) reference letters along with accompanying Confidential Assessment Forms with their application. These letters will be considered as part of the assessment of a candidate's application.

When selecting a referee to submit a letter on your behalf please consider the following points:

the referee will be able to speak highly of your personal qualities, as well as be able to provide examples;
the referee will have time to complete and submit the letter and Confidential Assessment Form prior to the deadline;
the length of time the referee has known you;
graduate students should include their immediate supervisor as one of the referees;
not all references need to be academic; academic qualifications are represented in other parts of the application;
family members should not be used as referees;
the prestige or status of a referee is irrelevant and will not be considered as part of the assessment.
In order to be considered, the applicant’s Confidential Assessment Forms and reference letters must be received by Queens's School of Medicine by application deadline. It is each prospective candidate's responsibility to ensure they have selected three appropriate referees who will submit a Confidential Assessment Form and a reference letter. 

Please note all letters of reference must be written in English.


Proficiency in the English Language

The Queen’s Medical School Curriculum is conducted entirely in English. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) proficiency test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency Test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application. The Medical School Admissions Committee will make determinations in these cases.

The Queen’s School of Medicine requires the following minimum TOEFL scores:

            TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT):                 100

            TOEFL Paper based Tests:                                         600


In order to evaluate non-academic qualities of candidates an interview will be required for those candidates who are successful with their file review.


Each international student enrolled in Queen’s School of Medicine is responsible for paying annual fees. These fees include tuition, student activity fees, and a university health insurance premium. Please note: These fees are subject to change each academic year. The fees listed do not include books and equipment, housing and food, or other living expenses. There are no admissions scholarships or bursaries available to international students at this time.

Admissions Offer Checklist/Entry Requirements

All offers of acceptance are conditional on the candidate maintaining an academic standing acceptable to the Admissions Committee and on completion of the required degree. Candidates must also meet the following requirements.


Students are required to be immunized against certain diseases before they enter the clinical setting. These requirements must be fulfilled in order to meet the standards set out in the Public Hospitals Act, Section 4.2, Ontario Regulations 965. The information collected will be used to ensure that these standards are met in order for students to participate in clinical activities. Failure to comply with the Communicable Disease Policy may lead to limited participation in clinical aspects of the MD program and/or successful completion of the program could be compromised. 

Police check

In recognition of the requirements of the clinical agencies and the Faculty’s responsibility to ensure that its health sciences students do not place vulnerable populations at additional risk, the School of Medicine requires, as a condition of admission, that students provide a current police record check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening. The police record check includes a check of the applicant’s local state, province and/or country police record and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Queen’s reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission based on the results of the police record check. 


Photocopy of your CPR Basic Rescuer Course certificate (Level C) (First Aid is not required)
Level C and up includes the following:
 AED Training                        
CPR for Adults          
CPR for Children      
CPR for Infants
Adult/Child Two Person CPR

As a medical student, you are responsible for ensuring that your CPR Level C certification is up to date. The School of Medicine does not provide CPR certification as part of its curriculum. The student is responsible for ensuring their CPR certification remains valid throughout the medical degree program.

Interested students should contact queensmd@queensu.ca for further information.


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