Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME)

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The 2021-2022 Application cycle will open in September 2021


Program Overview

The APME program offers a unique educational experience for talented students anticipating a career in medicine or medical science. The APME fosters flexibility and creativity in undergraduate education while reducing the pressures related to gaining acceptance to medical school. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced pressure by exploring and challenging themselves personally and professionally to prepare a solid foundation for success in medical school and for leadership roles in their careers in medicine.  

Students apply to APME once they have entered their senior year of high school and have been accepted at the University of Arizona. A limited number of students are accepted each year to the program.  

The APME program will take a minimum of seven years to complete, three years of undergraduate studies, and four years to complete an MD degree. Students will be required to complete a sequence of required premedical courses during their undergraduate coursework.

Being accepted to the program allows students to earn a reserved spot at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson MD program provided he or she meets specific academic, non-academic, and professional requirements annually. The MCAT exam is not required for students in the APME program.

Admission of individuals will be conducted through a holistic review in a manner that treats each applicant fairly, on the basis of experience, attributes, and metrics.


Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Students must apply to and be accepted for admission to the University of Arizona
  • Students must be a citizen of the United States or a U.S. permanent resident with a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C
  • Students must be current high school seniors and planning on graduating from high school in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson APME program considers the following in making admissions decisions:

  • High School GPA
  • Academic course mix and rigor
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Other considerations such as (but not limited to) research, volunteering, clinical experience


Minimum Requirements

A successful APME applicant should have:

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.7 (unweighted)
  • A composite ACT score of 27 or higher and/or an SAT score of 1185 or higher. (See NOTE below)

NOTE: SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to the APME Program for the 2021-2022 cycle, however highly encouraged


Informational Session

The COM-T hosted our first virtual informational session and Q&A on Thursday, January 21, 2021. 

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We will host future informational sessions beginning in Fall 2021


Frequently Asked Questions:

For a list of FAQ's please click the document below: 



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Questions? Contact or by phone 520-626-6214