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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:

░ Two semesters of biology with lab (if using AP or IB credit, an additional semester in advanced biology such as cell biology, genetics, physiology or molecular biology is required):

  • 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)

░ Two semesters of general inorganic chemistry with lab:

  • CHEM 1010: General Chemistry I with lab
  • CHEM 1020: General Chemistry II with lab

░ One semester of organic chemistry with lab (second semester of organic chemistry with lab is only required if a prerequisite for biochemistry):

  • CHEM 2230: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2270: Organic Chemistry Lab

░ One semester of biochemistry; lab is not required:

  • BCHM 3010: Biochemistry (BCHM 3050 also acceptable)

░ One semester of physics with lab:

  • PHYS 2070: General Physics I (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; AP or IB credit acceptable to the applicant’s undergraduate college is allowed for a maximum of two semesters:

  • 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.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation should be sent to cuhpa@clemson.edu

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 health care 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. The admissions committee at the UofSCSOM Greenville expects a minimum MCAT that is above the first quartile for the corresponding year, as published by the AAMC. Our admissions committee considers the MCAT, GPA, and other factors when assessing academic preparation for medical school. It is our hope that this evaluation will enable the committee to evaluate a diversity of applicants in a more comprehensive and holistic manner. 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 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