Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response, our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Accept all pass/fail/satisfactory coursework, regardless of whether your school required this, including prerequisite coursework. This coursework will be evaluated in the context of your entire academic history.
  • Accept all online coursework, including laboratory courses.
  • Review your application without all required laboratory coursework, if you can demonstrate that your institution was unable to provide these courses due to COVID-19. A letter from the registrar will suffice.
  • Review your application in consideration for an interview prior to receiving your MCAT exam scores. Once we receive your MCAT exam scores we will take these into consideration for admission.
  • Take into consideration that your health care experience hours and other extracurricular experiences may have been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Continue to require a letter of recommendation from a physician, preferably a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Please see the rules for letters of recommendation in the Secondary Application Instructions. If you cannot provide a letter of recommendation from a physician, please provide us with a written statement explaining how COVID-19 has impacted your ability to obtain a letter of recommendation from a physician.
Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • The deadline for the 2021 entering class to take the DAT has been extended to December 1, 2020.
Doctor of Dental Medicine-International
  • For the EC 2021, since many TOEFL test centers are currently closed, the College will accept the TOEFL at home test. As of March 23, 2020, the test is available in the U.S. Canada, Colombia, France, Germany Italy, Spain, Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China).
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • Online TOEFL is acceptable.
  • Test Score Waivers: Test score waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. Waiver requests should be emailed to Marie Anderson, Director of Admissions, at manderson@westernu.edu and should include a detailed explanation why the waiver is needed.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
  • Pass credit has always been and will be accepted for lab courses. Credit/Pass will be accepted for courses taken in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. They will be counted as a “B” when calculating GPA.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for one prerequisite and not counted when calculating GPAs.
  • GRE is no longer required.
  • PT experience is no longer required.
  • One prerequisite may be taken on an advanced-placement, pass credit.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • The college is accepting the take at home GRE test for those planning to apply for the entering class of 2021.
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in Spring 2020 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses and does not affect GPA.
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Online test scores are accepted for entering class of 2021.
Master of Science in Medical Sciences
  • Online test scores are accepted for entering class of 2021.
Master of Science Physician Assistant
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for those courses taken in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. They will be counted as a “B” when calculating GPA.
  • Pass credit will not be accepted for prerequisites and counted as a “C” for non-prerequisite coursework when calculating GPAs.
Doctor of Optometry
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.
  • Online GRE and TOEFL are acceptable.
Master of Science in Nursing – Entry
  • Applicants may have one science course in progress at time of application.
Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Applicants forced to move in progress prerequisites to Pass Credit grading system will be approved on a case by case basis.