Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME)

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The 2023-2024 application will open September 12, 2022

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 student must first apply and be admitted to the University of Arizona then they can apply for APME. Students applying to the University of Arizona are not required to declare a major within the College of Medicine- Tucson options but a science major is recommended to satisfy the undrgraduate requirements for the MD program. A limited number of students are accepted each year to the program.  

*To see a full list of undergraduate course requirements, please click here.

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. Students will not receive a bachelor's degree but they will complete the undergraduate coursework that will prepare them for the MD curriculum in the future. 

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. All facors of a students application will be considered equally.

Application for APME

The application for the 2022-2023 cohort of APME has now closed! The APME application status page can be found in the Future Wildcat Portal, under the APME Supplmental Applications. See below for appplication guide:


****Once an application is submitted and the deadline has passed, we will not accept any changes or updates to applications****

Criteria & Admissions into APME

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

  • Students must be a high school senior going into their first year at the University of Arizona (or be completing their last year of high school required courses to graduate)
    • Students cannot take a gap year then apply to APME.
      • Students must graduate from high school or equivalent fall or spring prior to starting at the University of Arizona. (Ex: Students must be graduating from high school Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023 to apply for the 23-24 APME cycle)
    • We are not able to accept transfer students
  • 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 have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.7

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

  • High School GPA
  • Letters of Recommendations (3 minimum)
  • Academic course mix and rigor
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Other considerations such as (but not limited to) research, volunteering, clinical experience

NOTE: SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to the APME Program for the 2022-2023 cycle, however highly encouraged. If included on application, an official College Board score will be required. 

Not ready to apply yet? Here is a list of things you can be working on to make you a strong APME applicant! pre-apme_checklist.pdf

Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Opens: September 12, 2022
  • Application Due: January 20, 2023
  • Letters of Recommendations and Unofficial Transcripts due: January 20, 2023
  • Application Review Begins: February 2023
  • Invitations to Interview: Week of February 20th, 2023
  • Virtual Visit Day (Virtual Interviews Conducted): March 3, 2023
  • Acceptances Announced: March 17, 2023
  • Students Commit to APME: April 21, 2023
  • Second Look Event: April 2023

All applications will be reviewed starting February 2023. 

*Dates are subject to change

Informational Sessions

Virtual Information sesions will be posted for the 2023-2024 cycle will be live this fall!

Live virtual information sessions for the 2022-2023 application cycle are now complete, to view the most recent information, please see below: 

To view the recording please go to click here

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

APME FAQ (Academic Year 2022-2023) apme_faq_ay_2022-2023.pdf

Questions? Contact Camille Celaya ( Admissions Coordinator, Senior of APME with any specific questions or the Office of College of Medicine-Tucson Admissions team by phone 520-626-6214.

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