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Admission Standards

Grade Consideration The applicant's grade point average will be the major consideration (51 percent or greater) for admission.

Grade Requirements Without exception, applicants to a degree program must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale for all course work completed at Indiana University and/or any other college or university. Some programs have established a minimum grade point average higher than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Some programs also use a component of the overall grade point average (e.g., math/science grade point average). Only completed course work and the resultant grade point average are evaluated. Radiography Program applicants may have the high school record evaluated. Grades earned in remedial courses may be used differently by different programs to calculate the competitive grade point average.

Minimum Grade Standards Students applying for a degree program may not be admitted to, hold a position in, or begin a program if they would be on probation as a student in any of the IUSM Health Professions Programs. Students are placed on probation within the School when the cumulative and/or most recently completed semester grade point average falls below 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.

Testing Applicants may be required to complete testing as designated by the program. Testing results may be used as a component of the admissions decision unless their use would violate state or federal law.

Interview Applicants may be required to complete a personal interview. The interview may be a component of the admission decision. Some programs limit the number of interviews granted based on the number of applications received.

Technical Standards for Admission and Retention Because a degree in a health professions discipline attests to the mastery of knowledge and skills, graduates must possess the essential knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and render a wide spectrum of patient care in a safe and effective manner.

The School of Medicine Health Professions Programs faculty has therefore specified nonacademic criteria, Technical Standards for Admission and Retention, that all applicants and students are expected to meet in order to participate in a health professions program. These criteria include the following five categories: (1) observation; (2) communication; (3) motor function; (4) intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and (5) behavioral and social attributes. All accepted students will be required to sign a statement certifying that they can meet the technical standards that apply to the program to which they have been admitted.

A copy of the technical standards will be sent to each applicant with an offer of admission. Additionally, a copy may be obtained from the program of interest or the Health Professions Programs Administrative Office.

Admission Procedures

  1. Individuals seeking admission to a professional program must submit a complete IU School of Medicine (IUSM) Health Professions Programs application before the individual program’s application deadline. When applying to more than one program, separate applications must be completed. Admission to the professional program is competitive; application for admission to the school does not constitute automatic admission to a program.
  2. Applicants who are not Indiana University students must also file an Indiana University application and pay the application fee (if needed) before the program application deadline. Applications for admission to Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis can be obtained from the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (317) 274-4591 or apply@iupui.edu. This application process can also be completed online at http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/. Students seeking a second baccalaureate degree from Indiana University must also submit an application to the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Returning students who have been inactive for more than one year may also be required to contact the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions to reactivate their university enrollment status. Students applying from other regional IU campuses must complete the inter-campus transfer application.
  3. All complete applications are reviewed by the program’s admission committee. The selection of a class is based on school and program admission criteria. All applicants receive notification of their admission status.
  4. Each program’s admissions committee reserves the right to correct any mistake made in the calculation of an applicant’s eligibility to be considered for an interview or for admission to the program.
  5. Applicants may appeal any admission decision except the minimum GPA required by the specific program's admissions committee. Copies of the policies and procedures governing the appeals process are available on request from the Health Professions Programs Administrative Office.
  6. The Health Professions Programs application is revised each summer. Applicants must obtain an application for the year in which they wish to apply.
  7. Applicants should check the current School application for the deadlines for submission.
  8. Students who have been convicted of a felony may be unable to obtain appropriate credentials to practice in some disciplines. Contact the program director for further information. Disclosure of an applicant’s past criminal history is required at the time of application. Applicants must disclose all criminal offenses, i.e., felonies and misdemeanors, as well as non-criminal offenses. In addition, applicants who have been arrested for or convicted of any violation of the law or who have charges pending against them at the time of application must disclose this information to the School at the time of application. If applicable, please see the application instructions for more details.
  9. Entering student requirements include the following: technical standards for admission and retention, IU School of Medicine Honor Code, requirement to disclose, background check & drug screen, health screen and immunizations, and proof of health insurance.  A Social Security number is required to finalize an applicant's background check and allows a student access to hospitals that serve as the School's clinical partners.  The requirement to complete a drug screen is not an IUSM policy but meets requirements as outlined in the School's clinical affiliation agreements with our various clinical partners.
  10. A student whose name appears on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry will not be allowed to pursue admission to any program in the School. 
  11. Grades earned in remedial courses may be used differently by different programs to calculate the competitive grade point average. See the program-specific sections.

Updated: April 28, 2016