Course Sequences/Timing of the Application
Undergraduates who plan to enter a medical/dental/veterinary school the fall after they graduate should attempt to complete the required science/math courses by the end of their junior year. Most of these students take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year.
Also, students who plan to enter medical/dental/veterinary school the fall after they graduate, should ideally file their application during the summer after they complete their junior year. If a student is a competitive candidate, he/she would then be invited for interviews during the fall or early winter of his/her senior year. If accepted, a student would begin graduate school in August/September after graduating from college.
Increasing numbers of students at BC and other institutions are applying to health professions graduate schools at the end of their senior year — or even later. Students who delay their applications have more freedom to pursue other interests and/or opportunities (e.g. study abroad, completing a thesis, minoring in a nonscience discipline, volunteer work, research) thus potentially making them more attractive candidates. This is an especially good option if you have had a modest performance during your freshman year, as it may allow you to bring your grades into a more competitive range.
This four-year option also allows for more flexibility in terms of deciding when to take the entrance exams (MCAT, DAT). The average age for students beginning health professions graduate school is approximately 25, and therefore the majority of students do not enroll directly after graduating from college.