Essay prompts for the most common central applications amcas american Medical College Application Service (MD)



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Essay prompts for the most common central applications

AMCAS American Medical College Application Service (MD)
Prompt: No specific prompt. Use the Personal Comments essay as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Some questions you may want to consider while writing this essay are:

  • Why have you selected the field of medicine?

  • What motivates you to learn more about medicine?

  • What do you want medical schools to know about you that hasn't been disclosed in another section of the application?

In addition, you may wish to include information such as:

  • Special hardships, challenges or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.

  • Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record that are not explained elsewhere in your application.

Length: 5300 Characters (includes spaces, cannot exceed one page)

AACOMAS American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service

Prompt: No prompt, just "Personal Statement goes here".

Length: 4500 Characters (includes spaces)
AACPMAS American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Applications Service
Prompt: State below why you are interested in becoming a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Provide information about your development for a career in Podiatric Medicine.

Length: 4500 characters (including spaces)

AADSAS Associated American Dental Schools Application Service
Prompt: The personal essay provides an opportunity for you to explain why you desire to pursue dental education. The Admissions Committee members who read your essay are looking for individuals who are motivated, academically prepared, articulate, socially conscious, and knowledgeable about the profession. Write about your experiences and any qualities that will make you stand out.

Length: 4500 characters (including spaces)
CASPA Central Application Service for Physician Assistants
Prompt: USING YOUR OWN WORDS, write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant. You are encouraged to save your work often in the event that you are timed out of the system.

Length: 5000 characters (including spaces)


ChiroCAS Chiropractic Centralized Application Service

Prompt: Please describe your motivation towards becoming a Chiropractor


Length: 3,000 characters (including spaces)
HAMPCAS Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service

In this section, you may create a unique statement for each program to which you are going to apply.  Your statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a tailored narrative which will describe your past education, experience and current professional career objectives. Some HAMPCAS programs require that you write about a specific topic. You are encouraged to review the School Specific Information pages BEFORE completing your essay.

If your programs do not require that you write about a specific topic,  your essay should describe your:


  • Plans you have to use your education and training

  • The needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study

  • Any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study

Length: 2, 950 words/ 20,000 characters (spaces included)

NDCAS Naturopathic Doctor Centralized Application Service

The essay section is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative to each school to which you are applying. Please address these specific areas in your essay:



  • Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?

  • What is the role of naturopathic medicine/naturopathic doctors in the healthcare system?

  • How do you see the naturopathic profession evolving?

  • Discuss any life experiences that have helped to prepare you for the rigorous academic demands and individual challenges associated with this program of study.

Length: 6000 character (including spaces)

NursingCAS: Nursing College Application Service

The essay section is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a personal statement to each school to which you are applying. USING YOUR OWN WORDS, write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a Nurse.
Length: 5,000 characters (including spaces)
OptomCAS: Optometry Centralized Application Service

Prompt: Please describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals.


Length: 4500 characters (may also create different essays for different programs)

OTCAS: Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service

Prompt: Your personal essay should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.


Length: 7500 characters (including spaces)

PharmCAS Pharmacy College Application Service
Prompt: Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. The personal essay is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity for you to clearly and effectively express your ideas. Do NOT personalize your essay for a particular pharmacy degree institution. 

Length: 4500 characters (including spaces)




PTCAS Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service
Prompt: Describe your decision making process in choosing physical therapy as a career choice versus other health care careers.

Length: 4500 characters (including spaces)


SOPHAS Schools of Public Health Application Service

Prompt: Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative to each school to which you are applying describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study. Be sure to check with the schools to which you plan to apply to ask whether there are any specific subjects you should address or questions you should answer in your essay(s).


Length: 1500 words


TMDSAS Texas Medicinal and Dental School Application Service


The personal essay asks you to explain your motivation to seek a career in medicine. Be sure to include the value of your experiences that prepare you to be a physician. 

Length: 5000 characters (including spaces)


VMCAS Veterinary Medical College Application Service
Prompt: Discuss briefly the development of your interest in veterinary medicine. Discuss those activities and unique experiences that have contributed to your preparation for a professional program. Discuss your understanding of the veterinary medical profession, and discuss your career goals and objectives.
Length: 5000 characters (including spaces)


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