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Early Assurance Program

Program Overview

The Clemson University/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Early Assurance Program (EAP) provides an opportunity unique to students of Clemson University, a primary academic partner of the Greenville Health System. The program provides admission into the USC School of Medicine Greenville for up to 10 Clemson students each year. Prospective students will be able to apply early for admission into the program, and will receive an early offer of admission during the spring semester of their junior undergraduate year. This is similar to the binding Early Decision program for medical schools; however, the EAP will allow students to receive an offer of acceptance to the USC School of Medicine Greenville by the end of the spring semester of their junior year.

Note: All final admissions decisions will be made by the USC School of Medicine Greenville. Clemson acts as a facilitator of the process to make this opportunity available to Clemson University students. 

Program Details and Eligibility

All interested pre-medical students will be eligible to apply, provided they meet the following qualifications:

  • Rising junior at Clemson University, based on credit hours earned.
  • At least four semesters completed at Clemson University (semesters completed as a member of the Bridge to Clemson program are eligible).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60.
  • Minimum pre-requisite course GPA of 3.60.

Required

Completion of the following courses at Clemson University, with scores of a C or higher, by the end of the fall semester of their junior year:

  • BCHM 3010: Biochemistry (BCHM 3050 also acceptable)
  • BIOL 1100: Principles of Biology I with lab (BIOL 1030+1050 also acceptable)
  • BIOL 1110: Principles of Biology II with lab (BIOL 1040+1060 also acceptable)
  • CHEM 1010: General Chemistry with lab
  • CHEM 1020: General Chemistry with lab
  • CHEM 2230: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2270: Organic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 2240: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2280: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • PHYS 2070: General Physics (PHYS 1220 also acceptable)
  • PHYS 2090: General Physics Lab (PHYS 1240 also acceptable)

Three semesters of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, including at least one semester of English composition/literature:

  • PSYC 2010: Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 2010: Introduction to Sociology
  • ENGL 1030: Accelerated Composition

Recommended

  • Cell biology
  • Genetics

Additional information

  • No course may be completed on a Pass-Fail basis; a grade of "P" will not be accepted.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit is used for any of the above courses, minimum GPA requirements must be achieved bin the course(s) completed as part of the student's enrolled curriculum plan.

Note: Students may request an exemption to the requirement that all coursework be completed at Clemson University, if they have completed coursework at an institution other than Clemson.

Strong applicants will also have prior experience in a healthcare field. Students are expected to gain enough experience to demonstrate during an interview a broad understanding of the expectations, responsibilities, and accountabilities of a physician. Beginning this year a minimum MCAT score will no longer be required. It is our hope that this will enable the committee to evaluate a diversity of applicants in a more comprehensive and holistic manner. Applicants are not required to take the MCAT before applying to the the USC School of Medicine Greenville Early Assurance Program, but MCAT scores must be received no later than July 31, following completion of the junior year.

Note: All final admissions decisions will be made by the USC School of Medicine Greenville Clemson acts as a facilitator of the process to make this opportunity available to Clemson University students.


Program Application and Timeline

Program Application and Timeline Table
 
Date Action
Oct. 1 Application available
Dec. 1 Application and three letters of recommendation due
Feb. 1 Clemson University EAP committe recommends 10 students to USCSOM G
March 1 Transcripts due
March – April Applicants interviewed and evaluated by USC School of Medicine Greenville admissions committee
April 30 Within two weeks of their interview, students will receive one of three possible updates on the status of their application: (1) Notification of an offer of acceptance — applicable only to those applicants who have an MCAT score at the time of their interview; (2) Notification that a final decision will be made no later than July 31 following receipt of an MCAT score; or (3)
Notification that their application has been denied.
July 31 MCAT scores due
Application Submission

Due: Dec. 1

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