Early Assurance Medical Programs (2023 – 2024): A Comprehensive Guide

Typical requirements

The requirements for EAPs vary by program, but generally speaking, they consist of the following:

Undergraduate Institution

Some EAPs are reserved for their own undergraduate institutions or from select undergraduate institutions.

Prerequisite courses

Usually, students are expected to complete at least five pre-med courses prior to acceptance, such as biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry. Some programs may be more specific about what coursework students should complete.EAP programs require that students have taken only some of those prerequisites before applying.

Minimum GPA

Your GPA must be at or above a certain threshold in the first two years of undergraduate college in order for you to be accepted into an EAP. The majority of students who are accepted to EAP programs have earned nearly straight As in the first semesters of college.

Test scores

While taking the MCAT is often not required, some programs may ask for your SAT or ACT scores. Again, successful EAP applicants have earned ACT and SAT scores in the 99th percentiles. 

Additional materials

Applicants should also submit materials that are required for admission into traditional medical programs, such as:


All EAP programs require interviews which are now held virtually.


The SUNY Upstate Medical School Early Assurance Program offers admission to those in sophomore standing, either by having completed two years of college or bringing in credits from high school.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.5
  • SAT score of 1350 (new version) /ACT composite score of 29
  • Any five of the following courses: General Biology I & Lab, General Biology II & Lab, General Chemistry I & Lab, General Chemistry II & Lab, Organic Chemistry I & Lab, Biochemistry, General Physics I & Lab, or General Physics II & Lab

Applicants are also required to maintain a 3.5 science and overall GPA and achieve a 509 MCAT score by August 31 of the year before entering the program (two attempts maximum). They must complete an English elective, composition or writing course, and Statistics prior to entry as well.