Important Notice: We regret to inform you that the University of Arizona Early Assurance Program will not be accepting applications for the 2023-24 application cycle due to important program structure updates. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and encourage you to check back for updates for future application years.


In a groundbreaking collaboration, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and Arizona public universities are partnering together to offer the Early Assurance Program for high-achieving students with a strong drive to support underserved populations in Arizona.

With this partnership, we can eliminate some of the barriers that limit highly qualified students from being successful physician-leaders. We recognize that two of the most significant barriers for underrepresented students are the standardized MCAT entrance exam and the extensive MD application process. By eliminating the MCAT as a requirement for this program and specifically reaching undergraduate students who might be otherwise missed in the admissions process, we have the opportunity to mentor and shape underrepresented students into strong future physicians.

Each of the students selected for the Early Assurance Program must be enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate program at a public university in Arizona and maintain a 3.6 GPA throughout their undergraduate education, as well as complete several benchmark requirements related to clinical experience, research, leadership and community service. We will welcome students from all majors as long as they complete the required prerequisites for the College of Medicine – Phoenix, which will require regular check-ins with pre-health advisors.


The application for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Early Assurance Program will open later this summer. All applicants will be asked to enter general demographic and education details first, then select the Early Assurance Program from the available options for specific program requirements.

*Note: The application process for the pilot program of the Early Assurance Program for Arizona State University has completed for this season, and we look forward to releasing new developments for this program in Summer 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Only students enrolled at a public university in Arizona are eligible to apply.
  • Students must hold sophomore standing by credits earned according to their institution's credit policy.
  • 3.6 GPA required at time of admission and through graduation.
  • There is no specific major required.
  • Students must commit to complete all prerequisite courses by graduation from their undergraduate institution.
  • Completion of clinical and research experience required prior to matriculation in the MD program.

Please contact @email with any questions about the program.