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Medical Professions Advisement

Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

ETSU MPA Composite Evaluation

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Many professional schools (and virtually all medical schools) require that applicants submit a composite letter of evaluation of their academic credentials by an undergraduate faculty committee if such a committee exists on the applicant's campus. Our office performs this evaluation at the request of our pre-professional students once they have completed their core prerequisite courses and have taken at least 30 credit hours at ETSU. Depending on the discipline of your chosen professional schools, the composite evaluation process should be completed approximately 12-18 months before you plan to enroll in your professional school of choice. Be aware of your application deadlines and our committee schedule and plan accordingly.

This evaluation is a holistic review of a candidate's preparation and fitness for professional school in the health sciences. The Evaluation Committe reviews the student's evaluation application, ETSU judicial records, academic transcripts (including overall and BCPM GPA), and evaluations from four ETSU faculty teaching in diverse disciplines. The composite evaluation process includes the submission of a personal statement and an interview process. Professional school entrance exams (such as the MCAT, DAT, and GRE) are not part of the evaluation process.


Visit the links below to learn more about the steps and the people involved in the process.


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Important guidelines


All students planning to undergo the ETSU Composite Evaluation process
should be aware of the following rules and policies.


Each cycle is limited to 34 applicants

The MPA Evaluation Committee meets for purposes of evaluation only three times per year. Students requesting evaluation must begin entering and uploading their information as soon as the application becomes available. The application portal will close at 4:30 PM on the deadline date and all forms and uploads must be completed at that time. No student will be evaluated without a completed application.

The first 34 completed applications will be evaluated during each evaluation period. The 35th and subsequent completed applications will roll to the next scheduled evaluation cycle. Students with incomplete applications will also be moved to the next evaluation cycle.


Each evaluation applies to one discipline

If you will be requesting a composite letter of evaluation to both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, please indicate in the Student Information section of your application. Students may not request multiple evaluations for different disciplines (for example, dental and pharmacy) during the same evaluation cycle.


Notes on timing and second reviews

It is recommended that students request the MPA Committee re-evaluation within two years of ETSU Graduation, as professional schools are looking for relevant information in student applications.

Students may choose to use their initial MPA Evaluation letters if applying two subsequent years for admission to professional schools. However, we encourage students who are not accepted to their professional schools of choice during their first attempt to significantly improve their candidacy before applying again, including taking part in a new composite evaluation. ALL students requesting a second review should have significant additions (shadowing, volunteer experience, and/or course work) to the MPA evaluation application before requesting the second review. Students requesting the review of additional practicial experience/shadowing, volunteer work, and/or additional course work may request a second MPA evaluation without being required to have additional individual faculty evaluations completed. Students who feel that their faculty evaluations were not as positive as they could have been (especially if the student has taken on additional coursework since their last evaluation) should request a complete re-evaluation. Interviews will be required for all applicants requesting a second review. Students requesting a second evaluation must meet with Martha Edde, Assistant Dean for Student Success, to request approval.


If you have questions concerning these requirements, please consult with , MPA Evaluation Coordinator, in the Medical Professions Advisement office.

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