Many professional schools use an online centralized application service (CAS) for a primary application. The primary application is not tailored to individual schools and will be sent to every school that you indicate through the CAS. Not all schools use a CAS. For example, many programs in nursing use their own school-specific application system.
Writing the primary application
Primary applications generally ask for such information as:
You should ensure that your application reflects:
- Every aspect of your qualifications
- Solid, consistent performance
- Exceptional traits, personal experiences
- That you have chosen this career through a thoughtful, fully-informed process
- Enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism
- Exquisite attention to detail
Common centralized application services
- AMCAS – For MD-granting schools, except Texas public schools
- AACOMAS – For DO-granting schools, except Texas public schools
- AADSAS – For dental schools, except Texas public schools
- VMCAS – For veterinary medical colleges in the U.S. except Texas public schools. VMCAS also accepts applications for several veterinary schools outside of the U.S.
- TMDSAS – For Texas public schools with programs in human medicine (MD and DO), dentistry, and veterinary medicine
- AACPMAS – For podiatric medical colleges
- CASPA – For physician assistant programs
- NursingCAS – Programs in nursing at all degree levels, including accelerated BSN and direct-entry MSN. Many nursing programs do not use NursingCAS, so it is important to go directly to each program’s website to learn about their application process.
- OptomCAS – For schools of optometry
- OTCAS – For programs in occupational therapy
- PharmCAS – For colleges of pharmacy
- PTCAS – For physical therapy programs
- SOPHAS – For public health programs
When you register with any CAS, please select “advisor release.” Doing this enables us to assist you and track your application.