Guaranteed Admission Programs

Highly qualified students who successfully complete the Guaranteed Admission Program in their area of interest can enter their professional or graduate health-science program without competing for general admission at a later date. To be accepted into a Guaranteed Admission Program, you must be accepted by the university, by the Honors College and by the Selection Committee of Guaranteed Admission Program you wish to enter.

Guaranteed Admission Programs are offered for the VCU School of Medicine (M.D.), VCU School of Dentistry (D.D.S.), VCU School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and the VCU School of Allied Health (O.T.D. and D.P.T.). Applications are due November 15th prior to the year of entry to VCU for incoming freshmen; the 2018 application will open in early September. In addition, these four programs offer current VCU Honors College students the opportunity to apply for Guaranteed Admission at the end of the second year via the Preferred Applicant Track Program.

The Honors College also offers Guaranteed Admission Programs for several baccalaureate degree programs, such as dental hygiene, nursing, clinical lab sciences and clinical radiation sciences. Applications are due November 15th prior to the year of entry to VCU for incoming freshmen.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

Clinical Radiation Sciences +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

Dental Hygiene +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

Dentistry +

Virginia’s only School of Dentistry offers outstanding programs of preparation in the fields of dentistry (D.D.S.) and dental hygiene (B.S.). Challenging educational and experiential programs prepare individuals to provide quality oral health care to the public, to respond to future changes in the profession and to focus on advancing knowledge in the field.

Honors pre-dental students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Dentistry) at the end of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Dentistry without further competition.

All guaranteed Admission students (Dentistry) MUST:

  • Graduate with University Honors.
  • Submit honors dossier by Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation.
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to dental school.
  • Obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs to take any required courses at an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, including the summer between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of guaranteed admission students and meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs upon request.
  • Complete the Dental Aptitude Test by Aug. 1 of the year prior to enrollment in dental school.
  • Complete an application from the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service and submit it by July 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin dental school.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in your dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your VCU email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be, or anticipate being, without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of an alternative means of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 hours of approved healthcare-related experience during each of the four undergraduate years, between July 1 and June 30. Although health care research is highly valued, the only healthcare-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn healthcare-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your healthcare-related experiences. 
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-healthcare-related.
  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA in prerequisite science courses taken at VCU, including calculus, general biology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab, physics with lab and biochemistry. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used when calculating your GPA.
  • Complete the DAT with no component score below 17 by Aug. 1 of the year prior to enrollment in dental school.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA based on all work attempted at VCU at the end of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semesters at VCU.
  • Complete the following core of courses:
    • BIOL 411 Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 310 Genetics
    • BIOL 303 and BIOZ 303L Microbiology and lab
    • BIOL 402 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • At least one of the following:
    • BIOL 445 Neurobiology and Behavior
    • BIOL 524 Endocrinology
    • BIOL 455 Immunology
  • Very occasionally, students majoring in disciplines other than biology may obtain permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs to substitute a course for one of the five courses listed above. Permission must be obtained prior to enrolling in a substitute course.
  • Present a letter from the associate dean of student affairs at the end of your final semester stating that you have incurred no institutional sanctions.

Your student records are reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. Any student who fails to complete the requirements will be dismissed from the Guaranteed Admission Program. 

Medicine +

The M.D. program of the School of Medicine offers a strong, innovative medical curriculum that emphasizes both academic study and compassionate patient care, preparing students for the challenges and complexities of medical practice.

Honors premedical students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine), which offers an opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) at the end of the sophomore year. Students who successfully meet all the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program may enter the School of Medicine without further competition.

All Guaranteed Admission students (Medicine) MUST:

  • Graduate with University Honors.
  • Submit their Honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation; April 1 for August graduation; August 1 for December graduation).
  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA in prerequisite science courses taken at VCU (calculus; general biology with lab; general chemistry with lab; organic chemistry with lab; and physics with lab).
  • Present a cumulative 3.5 GPA (based on all course work attempted) at the end of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semesters at VCU.
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to medical school.
  • Complete the MCAT no later than August of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. Students must present a score of 502 or better overall.
  • Complete the following core of courses:
    • Two semesters of calculus
    • Calculus-based physics (PHYS 207-208)
  • And four of the following nine courses:
    • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 402)
    • Endocrinology (BIOL 524)
    • Population Genetics (BIOL 516/HGEN 516)
    • Animal Physiology (BIOL 411)
    • Biochemistry (BIOC 403)
    • Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 309, CHEZ 309; taken in same semester)
    • Immunology (BIOL 455)
    • Biology of Cancer I (BIOL 450)
    • Genetics (BIOL 310; Honors section only, beginning fall 2009)
  • Present a cumulative 3.4 GPA, with no grade below a C, in the “four of nine” courses (see above); GPA is calculated on the first four taken. Repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of approved healthcare-related experience during each of the first three academic years and 60 additional hours to be completed during the fourth academic year (July 1-June 30). Although health care research is highly valued, the only healthcare-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn healthcare-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your healthcare-related experiences.
  • Complete a one-semester clinical mentorship with a faculty member from the VCU School of Medicine during the third year of undergraduate study; to be completed no later than the end of the sixth semester of undergraduate study.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-healthcare-related.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Register with AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for an AMCAS ID number by May 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. This number must be reported to the School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions within five days of the registration.
  • Complete an AMCAS application and submit it along with official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you’ve earned college credit. These materials must be submitted by June 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. You must also provide the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs documentation of your application within five days of submission.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs, and meet with the director upon request.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine).
  • Students who enter the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) through the Preferred Applicant Track must take the MCAT no later than August of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. Students must present a score of 502 or better overall. 
Nursing +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

 
Occupational Therapy +

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) program prepares students for entry-level practice while also providing advanced training in evidence-based practice, interprofessional and collaborative care and program and career development. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy offers a unique seven-year program (4 years of undergraduate studies, 3 years (9 semesters) of professional school). Students who are accepted into the Guaranteed Admission Program and successfully complete the program requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU OTD entry-level program.

Honors pre-occupational therapy students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy at the end of your sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health OTD Program without further competition.

All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.

  • Graduate with University Honors
  • Submit the Honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation).
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to the occupational therapy professional program.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • Complete Psychology 410: Cognitive Psychology; HPEX 250: Medical Terminology; and HPEX 332: Motor Learning and Performance or HPEX 373: Structural Kinesiology.
  • Complete 30 hours per year of clinical work in occupational therapy (volunteer or paid employment). Although health care research is highly valued, the only healthcare-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn healthcare-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your healthcare-related experiences. 
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-healthcare-related.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
  • Complete the GRE with an earned score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and a score of 160 in Verbal Reasoning, and a minimum score of 4.0 (56th percentile). This must be completed by August. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the occupational therapy program.
  • Complete an occupational therapy application through Occupational Therapy Central Application Services (OTCAS) including, in part, three references, a personal statement and required second essay (value-added essay) and payment of a nonrefundable application fee to OTCAS by Sept. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the occupational therapy program.  Students must notify Director of the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program Dr. Dianne Simons upon completion of the application to alert your intent to be processed via the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Occupational Therapy).
Pharmacy +

VCU’s School of Pharmacy prepares highly qualified individuals to engage in the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of improving a patient’s quality of life. The educational program is designed to provide a sound scientific and professional background for those who will enter the practice of pharmacy and those who wish to continue graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences.

All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.

  • Graduate with University Honors.
  • Submit the Honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation).
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to the pharmacy professional program.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU with no grade below a ‘C’. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of Honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Students entering the Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy) must complete a minimum of 90 hours in healthcare experience each academic year. Consult with your Honors advisor regarding acceptable activities; exposure to pharmacy settings is strongly encouraged. Students may not earn healthcare-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your healthcare-related experiences. 
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-healthcare-related.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete a Pharmacy Technician Certification program; likewise, students are strongly encouraged to complete PHAR 201 (offered in the spring semester).
  • Attend all meetings of guaranteed admission students as directed by the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
  • Complete an electronic application using PharmCAS and submit it by January 1 of the year you plan to begin the pharmacy program. Complete a supplemental application, available from the School of Pharmacy admissions office.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be, or anticipate being, without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If students fail to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy).
  • Students entering through the Preferred Applicant Track must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) by August 1st prior to the year of matriculation to Pharmacy school and attain a score at the 70th percentile (or higher) in each section.
  • Occasionally, students have asked about entering the School of Pharmacy prior to completion of four years of undergraduate study. To do so, you must take the PCAT and apply in the regular applicant pool.
Physical Therapy +

VCU’s DPT Program prepares students for entry into the physical therapy profession by teaching them to evaluate and manage patients effectively and in accordance with ethical principles. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy offers a unique seven-year program (4 years of undergraduate studies, 3 years of professional school). Students who are accepted into the program and successfully complete the requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU DPT Program.

Honors pre-physical therapy students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Physical Therapy) at the end of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health DPT Program without further competition.

All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.

  • Graduate with University Honors
  • Submit the honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation).
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to the physical therapy professional program.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • Complete BIOL 218 (Honors section only of Cell Biology) and BIOL 308 (Histology) at VCU with a grade no lower than a B. 
  • Complete 50 hours per year of clinical work in physical therapy (volunteer or paid employment). Although health care research is highly valued, the only health care-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
  • Meet with the physical therapy advisor, Dr. Emma Wheeler, at least once an academic year.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
  • Complete the GRE with an earned score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and a score of 150 in Verbal Reasoning. This must be completed by Oct. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the physical therapy program.
  • Complete a physical therapy application through Physical Therapy Central Application Services including, in part, three references, an essay and payment of a nonrefundable application fee to PTCAS by Oct. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the physical therapy program.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Physical Therapy).