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Is Quillen all about primary care?
The primary mission of Quillen College of Medicine is to educate future physicians, especially those with an interest in primary care, to practice in underserved rural communities. However, Quillen students are under no obligation to choose a career in primary care.

What about hospital affiliations and clinical exposure? Is exposure to teaching beds more limited at Quillen than what I would receive in a more urban setting?
Patient contact begins during the first semester. There are 3,000 patient beds available for teaching through affiliated hospitals.

What are the oldest MCAT scores you will accept?
Acceptable scores may not be more than two years old. To meet this requirement, applicants to the 2020 entering class may submit competitive scores from any administration of the MCAT taken from January 2017 through September 2019.

When should I apply?
Applications are received June 1 - November 15 of the year prior to admission. The application and all related material must be received by AMCAS by November 15.

What is the Early Decision Program?
The Early Decision Program allows applicants to secure an acceptance from one medical school by October 1. Applicants choosing this program agree to apply to no other medical school prior to the medical college's October 1, decision. Applicants not accepted during the early decision process may be deferred for consideration with regular candidates, or consideration could terminated. Please note that both early decision and regular decision applicants are held to the same high standards of admission; early decision applicants are not given preference over regular decision applicants by the Admissions Committee.

Does Quillen give preference to in-state applicants?
Quillen College of Medicine is a state-supported institution. Preference for admission is given to U.S. citizens or those who possess a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa and permanently reside in Tennessee. Applications from residents of Tennessee, TBR defined border counties and applicants from our contiguous Appalachian area are welcomed. Additionally, the college gives preference to active duty military personnel and honorably discharged veterans of U.S. military service.  From these groups, preference is given to applicants who have received at least a baccalaureate level degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation. Applicants not meeting the above criteria are strongly discouraged from applying here. Of particular interest are those applicants giving strong evidence of their commitment to a career in primary care and/or rural medicine.

Under ETSU's Border County Policy, out-of-state students from the following counties, who meet the in-state tuition fee waiver requirement as undergraduate or graduate students at ETSU, shall be considered as Tennesseans for admissions and tuition fee payment purposes at the Quillen College of Medicine.

Virginia:  Lee, Scott, Washington, Grayson

North Carolina:  Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancey

For more information. . .

Residency status for admissions and fee payment purposes is determined at the time of application according to governing regulations. 
A copy of the TBR guidelines for determining residency can be found at

What about the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) admissions requirement CASPer?
For more information. . . CASPer Serious applicants are encouraged to take this test early and check CASPer's website due to test date changes. We will accept scores through the December 11, 2019, test date.

Do you accept transfer students?
Transfer applications to Quillen College of Medicine may be accepted from qualified students for admission to the second or third year of the curriculum on a space available basis.

How many applications do you normally receive?
Quillen College of Medicine normally receives 2,000+ applications.

What is the average number of applicants from whom you request supplemental information?
The number varies from year to year, but normally falls in the 500 range.

What is the average number of interviews granted?
Quillen's Admissions Committee generally interviews about 240 applicants each year.

What undergraduate major should I choose?
Applicants are encouraged to pursue their own intellectual interests in completing a broadly based undergraduate education demonstrating scholastic rigor, analytic and critical thinking, an aptitude for understanding complex systems in human biology, and the ability to apply knowledge.

What is your admissions committee looking for in an applicant?
Quillen's Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, scores earned on the MCAT, letters of recommendation, pertinent extracurricular experiences, evidence of non-scholastic accomplishment, and clinically related experience demonstrating motivation for the study and practice of medicine. They look for integrity, willingness, and ability to assume responsibility, high scholastic achievement, maturity, intellectual curiosity, and sound motivation.

What are the average MCAT scores and GPAs of accepted applicants?
Average scores for accepted applicants are continuously updated on our web site.  Entering Class Statistics

How do I establish Tennessee residency?
Residency status for admissions and fee payment purposes is determined at the time of application in accordance with governing regulations.
A copy of the TBR guidelines for determining residency can be found at

What are the differences in curriculum for the Rural Primary Care Track (RPCT) and Generalist Track?
In general, the core curriculum is the same for both tracks. With the exception of the rural track experiences (RPCT), all courses in the pre-clinical years are at one site. Once accepted, medical students apply and 16 are accepted to the RPCT program. For these students, the RPCT offers the students one day a week of educational activities in a rural site but does not compromise the students' exposure to core curricular content. During the junior year, the RPCT students have a four-month clerkship experience anchored in one of two rural communities. The remaining eight months are composed of the same core clerkships offered to the non-RPCT students, although some are of shorter length. Medical students in both the RPCT and the non-RPCT (generalist) courses and clerkships receive equivalent experiences.


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