Admissions Process

The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program participates in AMCAS and can be found in the application by searching “UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program” (school code: 831).
To submit an application, please use the AMCAS website:

Association of American Medical Colleges Office of Admissions  
655 K Street, N.W. Suite 100, Washington, DC 20001-2399 
(202) 828-0600 
Web site:

Medical College Admission Test: It is recommended that all candidates take the Medical College Admission Test in the spring, but it must be taken no later than September of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine. If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when making application.

The test must be repeated if, at the time of matriculation, more than three years have elapsed since it was taken. For 2022 matriculation, the oldest acceptable MCAT score date is January 2016.  For questions about registration and test administration contact:
The MCAT Care Team 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
Section for Applicant Assessment Services 
2450 N. Street N.W. 
Washington, DC 20037 
Phone: 202-828-0690

On the basis of a thorough and comparative evaluation of the AMCAS application, supplemental information and letters of recommendation, the candidate receives a request to attend a multiple mini-interview session. To adhere to physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are conducting all interviews virtually.

2022 Admissioms Timeline

Please note the following:

  • AMCAS application deadline:  October 1, 2021
    PLEASE NOTE: Although the deadline for submission of your primary application to AMCAS is October 1st, we strongly recommend submission no later than September 1st. 
    Our deadline for submission of the supplemental application is November 19th, so submission of the AMCAS application by September 1st assures that you can receive and submit your supplemental application by the November 19th deadline.
  • Supplemental application deadline:  30 days after the date of the supplemental application request letter, or November 19th, whichever is earlier.
  • Screening of completed applications: July through November 2021
  • Invitations for interviews: August through December 2021
  • Interviews: September through December 2021
  • Offers of admission:  February 2022 until class filled
  • Applicant's response to acceptance offer: Maximum time is two weeks

Transfer Applications: The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program does not accept transfer students.
Admissions Requirements
Click here to refer to the DGSOM UCLA website regarding competency-based admissions considerations.
Competency-based Admissions Considerations
Beginning in the 2018 admissions cycle, DGSOM UCLA programs (including Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program) moved towards competency-based entrance requirements. Successful applicants will have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a US or Canadian college, or the equivalent, by completing at minimum 3 years of undergraduate or graduate level college coursework.   We adhere to the principle that college years not only prepare students for professional schools but also provide opportunities for creative intellectual engagement and experiences that promote enthusiasm for lifelong learning and engender psychosocial maturity. We recommend applicants demonstrate the following competencies through the successful completion of the suggested college-level course work as well as experiences that demonstrate your commitment to underserved communities. The fundamental knowledge gained via this coursework lays the foundation that helps support success in medical school. Please note AP credit is acceptable.

A.    A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated attainment of knowledge in the following topics:

  • Biological Sciences and Physiology: Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Sciences: Inorganic and Organic chemistry, Biochemistry of intermediary metabolism, and associated laboratory activities.
  • Humanities: This might include literature and/or art, history, philosophy, religion, ethics, economics, social behavior, psychology
  • Mathematics and Statistics: This might include biomathematics, computer science, matrix algebra

B.   A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated attainment of skills in the following areas:

  • Writing and communication skills
  • Clinical Experiences: We value a sustained interest and commitment to medicine
  • Interpersonal Skills

C.    A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated awareness in:

  • Health care delivery: This could include courses and/or experiences that deal with the ethical, legal, political, public health, scientific and moral challenges facing health care and health care delivery
  • Human Diversity
  • Research and/or Community Service experience

Our program will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context.  In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis.   We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.  Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges.  The pressure for grades need not be one of them.