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, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Doctor of Dental Medicine-International
  • In addition to the regular internet-based test, the TOEFL at home test will be accepted for the 2022 entering class.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • Online TOEFL is acceptable (when needed).
  • 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.
  • DPM Letter Waivers: While we still prefer to receive a DPM letter of recommendation, waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. Please email the waiver request form to Marie Anderson, Director of Admissions, at manderson@westernu.edu.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in 2020 and Spring 2021 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 not requiring the GRE for the entering class of 2022.
  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in 2020 and Spring 2021 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 2020 and Spring 2021 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, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • The online TOEFL is acceptable (when needed).
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.
  • Lab courses that were cancelled due to COVID 19 will be waived.