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MD/PhD Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Where is the Zucker School of Medicine Facility located?

The Zucker School of Medicine is located in Long Island, NY, just 25 miles from the excitement of New York City, and is easily accessible by car or Long Island Railroad. The University runs frequent shuttles to nearby Hempstead and Mineola train stations. Our location puts us in easy proximity to shopping, restaurants, parks, golf courses, sporting arenas and the world-famous Jones Beach and Long Beach. The renowned Hamptons of Long Island’s East End is little more than an hour’s drive from campus.

If I apply to the MD/PhD program, will I be considered for the MD program as well?

The MD/PhD Review Committee will review MD/PhD applications and interview selected applicants. Wait-listed applicants will be placed on both the MD, and MD/PhD waitlists. Applicants may elect to remove themselves from the MD/PhD application process at any point.

How many students do you plan to enroll?

Enrollment in each entering class is limited to 100 students.

Do you accept transfer students?

Due to the unique design of our curriculum, we cannot accept transfer students.

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?

No, we do not give preference to in-state applicants.

Can I pursue another graduate/professional degree while I am enrolled in the Zucker School of Medicine?

We offer several joint degree programs including the MD/PhD, MD/MPH and MD/MBA. Additional time will be needed in order to pursue these professional degrees. For information on how to apply for the MD/PhD program click here. More information on the MD/MPH and MD/MBA joint degrees can be found here.

Do you offer a Summer Pre-Matriculation program?

Yes. The Summer Pre-Matriculation program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and is a 4-week course, beginning at the end of June, offered to students, by invitation only, who will be matriculating at ZSOM.

If I need accommodations as a matriculated student, how do I request them?

Admitted candidates who have a disability and need accommodations should initiate discussions with the Office of Academic Success as soon as the offer of admission is received and accepted. For detailed information, please see our Policy on Equal Access to the Educational Program.

How to Apply

Who can apply to Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell?

To apply you must:

  • be a US citizen, or permanent resident
  • have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. We cannot sponsor international student visas.
Does Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell participate in an Early Decision Program?

At this time, the Zucker School of Medicine offers an Early Decision option only for our MD program.

What is the initial step to apply for admission for the MD/PhD Program?

The primary application is available through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) site.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Applicants should have their college(s) submit transcripts to AMCAS as early into the application process as possible.

What is the deadline for applying?

AMCAS Application Deadline:  November 1
Secondary Application Deadline:  December 1   

Applicants are notified via email within two weeks of the Zucker School of Medicine's receipt of a verified AMCAS application.  Applicants who meet the Zucker School of Medicine's minimum requirements will receive the secondary application to complete and submit. 

Application Requirements

What are the GPA and MCAT scores needed to apply to Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell?

Please visit our How to Apply page for:

  • The application process.
  • Requirements, specifically MCAT scores and GPA.  (If you have taken the MCAT multiple times, the highest composite MCAT score achieved in one sitting will be considered for admission).
  • Detailed information on how to receive our secondary application. 

*Your application will not be considered complete until both the AMCAS and secondary applications are complete. 

I submitted my application, but plan to retake the MCAT. How does this affect my application status?

If you indicated on your AMCAS application that you are retaking the MCAT, we will delay review of your application until we receive the newest score report from AMCAS.

Where can I find information on letter of recommendations and recommended coursework?

Please visit our Requirements page for specifics on:

  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Recommended coursework.
  • Deadlines.
  • All required materials needed for a complete application.
How should I send a new letter of recommendation that was not included in my AMCAS application?

Additional letters not included in your AMCAS application should be emailed directly to the Office of Admissions E-mail address.

Can I use Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for recommended coursework?

AP credits do not satisfy premedical course recommendations. If you have AP credits and place out of any of the beginner level college courses listed under the recommended coursework, it is highly recommended that you take additional advanced courses in that subject area. CLEP credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course recommendations.

Does the Zucker School of Medicine accept recommended coursework completed at community college and/or through Distance Learning/online courses?
  • The Zucker School of Medicine will accept recommended coursework taken at a community college, but will not honor an online degree. 
  • We prefer that recommended coursework is completed in an in-residence classroom setting.  In certain circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, a limited amount of online coursework may be honored.

As the vast majority of undergraduate institutions have moved all classwork to online teaching modules, including laboratory courses, the Zucker School of Medicne will recognize online teaching and coursework for the spring semester and summer session of 2020.

Application Process

Does the Zucker School of Medicine have rolling admissions?

Yes, the Zucker School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process with the offers of admission usually extended in mid December and as late as mid-July.

How can I check the status of my application, submit updates, and make sure all components of my application have been received?

When you receive the email from admissions with the secondary application, you will also receive login information for our Admissions Portal. By logging into the Admissions Portal you may:

  • Check the "status" tab for the status of your application, and to see that all components of your application were received.
  • Upload updates and any documents you determine as necessary to your application (including new grades, employment, publications, etc., or an explanation of mistakes in your application, if any) under "additional information".

* Please do not email the Office of Admissions directly with your updates. 

What should I do if I decide to change my program type?

At any point in the application process, you can log into AMCAS and change your program type if you would like to be considered for the MD program only.  If you applied to the MD program only and would like to be considered for the MD/PhD program, call the Office of Admissions for counsel at 516-463-7519.

How and when will I know if I am selected to interview?

The Office of Admissions will email interview invitations to selected applicants via the address on file with AMCAS from July through February.  At that time the candidate will receive details of the interview day, including information on travel and accommodations near the Zucker School of Medicine. 

If I am accepted to the Zucker School of Medicine, may I defer my enrollment date?

The Zucker School of Medicine does allow students to defer enrollment provided the activity in which the student is engaging in will significantly enhance their medical career and their preparation for medical school. Requests for deferral must be received in writing by May 1 prior to matriculation. Deferrals are also granted in the case of medical circumstances with appropriate documentation submitted.


Where can I find more information about the CASPer™ test?

Please visit the CASPer™ website for information on the test including, fees, registering from test dates, and test prep recommendations. Any questions or troubleshooting issues should be directed to CASPer™ at

What is needed to take the CASPer™ test?

To take the CASPer™ test you will need access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date.

What is the format of the CASPer™ test?

The CASPer™ test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is comprised of 12 video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will have 5 minutes to type your answers to all 3 probing questions. The test automatically progresses to the next scenario when the 5-minute timer is up. There is an optional 15-minute break at the end of scenario six.

What are the specifics of the CASPer™ test??

You will not be graded on grammar or spelling. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program.

When will I get my test results?

You will not be given your test results. The SOM will receive your score approximately 2-3 weeks after your test date. All scores are confidential.

*For further information, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Betty Diamond via e-mail, or the Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives, Tiffany Jordan at (516) 463-7417.