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Early assurance to medical school as an undergraduate

Reserve a seat in medical school as an undergraduate through early assurance

If you know that your goals include applying to medical school to become a doctor, consider securing your seat in medical school through early assurance while still enrolled in college.

NEOMED collaborates with many regional undergraduate colleges and universities across northeast Ohio to allow their students to secure a seat in our M.D. program after their second or third years of undergraduate enrollment. Once a seat is held through early assurance, candidates must satisfy admission standards to matriculate to NEOMED.

One of about every 11 practicing physicians in Ohio is a NEOMED alumni. Contact the NEOMED liaison at one of our cooperating undergraduate schools for more information about reserving a seat in a future class through early assurance to continue the tradition.

Participating early Assurance Schools

NEOMED collaborates exclusively with the following schools to offer early assurance to currently enrolled undergraduate students through:

The University of Akron
Contact: Ms. Ashley Rini

Baldwin-Wallace University
Contact: Dr. Colleen Nye

Cleveland State University
Contact: Ms. Antoinette Speed

Hiram College
Contact: Dr. Brad Goodner

Kent State University
Contact: Ms. Erin Lawson

University of Mount Union
Contact: Dr. Robert Woodward

Walsh University
Contact: Dr. Jackie Novak

Youngstown State University
Contact: Mr. Johnny Ware

Currently enrolled students at the above schools may be eligible for early assurance to NEOMED and should contact the designated individual at the cooperating college or university for more information. Effective May 2021, early assurance candidates no longer apply to NEOMED for early assurance.

NEOMED counsels prospective college students still in high school to contact the above college and universities directly in the event they are making a college choice in a large part based a potential early assurance opportunity with NEOMED. NEOMED does not endorse one school’s offerings over another. All cooperating schools have a history of providing NEOMED students with an excellent pre-medical foundation. Families are highly encouraged to select an institution based on overall fit for your student’s expectations of an undergraduate experience.


Coming in 2025 and 2026: Introducing the NEOMED Transformational Year

Beginning with early assurance students matriculating to NEOMED in 2025 and fully adopted for 2026, early assurance students joining NEOMED from cooperating undergraduate schools will complete a one-year master’s degree program of study at NEOMED prior to entry into the NEOMED M.D. program. The undergraduate early assurance plan will consist of a combined five-year master’s plus M.D. experience distinctively designed to prepare future physicians to meet the challenges facing the practice of medicine in the 21st Century. Students demonstrating complete mastery of pre-medical curriculum along with corresponding MCAT results will have an exciting set of one-year master’s degree choices from which to select prior to starting the M.D. program. Each one-year master’s program will focus on creating transformational physician leaders in one of three areas. Students with early assurance privileges who are continuing to establish their medical school readiness will have the opportunity to complete a year in transition in a NEOMED medical school foundational master’s program prior to starting medical school at NEOMED.

Watch for details about the new transformational year for early assurance undergraduate students starting at NEOMED in 2025 and 2026 as they roll out this fall!

The Process

The Early Assurance Undergraduate Plan provides a two-step process to enter the College of Medicine at NEOMED as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) student. Please note that entry into the early assurance pathway changed in May 2021.

Step 1

The first step consists of undergraduate students currently enrolled at a partner college or university earning an early assurance nomination through their current school’s nomination process. Nominated candidates interview with NEOMED for early assurance privilege. Early assurance privilege reserves a seat in a future medical school class at NEOMED should candidates meet or exceed early assurance plan admission standards.

Step 2

The second step allows students granted early assurance privileges to start the M.D. program at NEOMED in 2023 and 2024 to apply for admission through AMCAS using the Early Assurance plan to earn their admission.

Note: Degree program composition and early assurance admission requirements and standards are subject to change starting with students matriculating to any degree program at NEOMED in 2025.

Learn more about the process

Eligibility Guidelines

Effective May 2021, students interested in early assurance privileges to NEOMED are to meet with the designated pre-medical advisor at their partner college or university.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must be on track to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program at their partner institution (the reserved seat is forfeited should you transfer) and complete all required pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C minus” or better to use their early assurance privileges and successfully apply to the College of Medicine at NEOMED.

View the admission Requirements

Note: NEOMED no longer offers any direct from high school provisional admission or dual admission programs to medical school (formerly known as “B.S./M.D.”).


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