P-MAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the application deadline?

The application time frame for P-MAP is the same as the MD application.  AMCAS opens for submissions on June 1 and closes for COM-Tucson on November 1.  We recommend that applicants apply by October 1 to increase the liklihood that AMCAS is able to verify the application before November 1.  This gives applicants at least 2 weeks to complete the secondary before the November 15 deadline.  Applying later than October 1 may mean that you will have less time to receive and complete the secondary application.

Can I apply if I’m not an Arizona resident?

To be eligible for P-MAP, you must be an Arizona resident. If you are not sure of your residency status, you can contact the Residency Classification Office for information on requirements for proving resident status.

What if I already have a master’s degree?

Having a graduate degree does not preclude you from admission to P-MAP. We have admitted students who have completed doctoral (Ph.D.) and/or master degrees in previous cohorts.

What if I have already completed the Cellular & Molecular Medicine master’s program?

You may still be eligible to apply to P-MAP. You would likely have a different set of course requirements, as arranged with your CMM advisor, to build upon your previous CMM study and prepare you for medical school; however, you would not be eligible to complete another CMM degree.

Will applying late hurt my application?

The College of Medicine - Tucson employs a semi-rolling admissions process.  This means your application will be reviewed in the order it is received.  Because of this, it is often considered to be more advantageous to apply earlier as you will have more opportunities to be invited for an interview the earlier you apply.  Likewise, if you apply later there will be fewer opportunities to interview as there will be fewer interview dates left the later you apply.

Is P-MAP the same as the Pathway Scholars Program in Phoenix?

The Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway is only available at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, an entirely separate college within the University of Arizona, has a similar, but different, program called the Pathway Scholars Program (PSP). You may visit the PSP website to learn more.

Will P-MAP help me apply to medical school?

P-MAP is not meant to help you apply to medical school. P-MAP students are given conditional admission to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and they are expected to matriculate here. If you are looking for a program to help you strengthen your application to medical school, the AAMC has a list of post-baccalaureate programs that may be helpful to you.

Can I apply to P-MAP and the MD program?

Yes. In fact, you must apply to the MD program to be considered for P-MAP.  You will only be offered a position with P-MAP if you have already been reviewed and not offered admission for the MD program.

Do I need to be fluent in a language other than English?

No, you do not need to be fluent in a non-English language commonly spoken in Arizona (Spanish, Navajo, Apache, O‘odham, Yoeme, etc.), but it is helpful. If you are conversant in any of these languages, be sure to explain specifically how you use the language (at work, at home, service to the community) in your application.