Medical/Dental Preparatory Program (MCAT or DAT Prep Course)

Medical/Dental Preparatory Program Basic Medical Science group

Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative

The Program:

  • Is for college sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent graduates. Priority consideration will be given to pipeline participants.
  • The MCAT/DAT track is a seven-week summer program.
  • The MCAT/DAT Preparation Program is for students who will be taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT). The program focuses on MCAT test preparation or DAT test preparation, application essay workshop, mock interviews, professional development workshops, and some exposure to clinical medicine or dental medicine.
  • The purpose of the program is to facilitate the entry of these students into medical and dental schools by improving their performance on admissions tests and through professional development activities.
  • Provides housing, meals, and a stipend.

See an example of the program schedule in the Handbook.

Important Dates

  • February 16, 2024: Submission date for all applications. All applications must be submitted by midnight February 16 to be considered for admission.
  • February 16, 2024: Submission date for all supporting documents. All supporting documents must be received by February 16 to be considered for admission.
  • June 3, 2024: First day of program for the MCAT/DAT track.
  • July 19, 2024: Last day of program.

Application Criteria

All Applicants Should:

  • Be college sophomores, juniors, seniors, or recent graduates of pre-professional programs with a ‘B+’ average or better (Science GPA of 3.2 or better and overall GPA of 3.3 or better).
  • Have completed General Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II for both programs and at least Physics I for the medical preparation.
  • Have high motivation and demonstrate potential for pursuing a career in medicine or dental medicine.
  • Be from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the health professions (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian) or others from disadvantaged backgrounds who meet all eligibility criteria and have a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

How to Apply

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions before submitting your application. Please also review this application template to preview the questions and items needed for your online application.

  • Submit a completed online application electronically.
  • Submit supplemental material electronically with online application submission.
    • Score reports for all exams taken: SAT, PEAU, ACT, GRE, and MCAT/DAT.
    • An official transcript from each college or university attended.*
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a science instructor) submitted directly by recommenders via specified link.
    • Provide a copy of your Federal Income Tax Form 1040 or equivalent for the current tax year – only page reflecting number of dependents and adjusted gross income (submit 1040 when completed and filed).

Note: Only completed applications with supplemental materials submitted through the online application system will be reviewed.

* Only official transcripts as e-scripts will be submitted to Official transcripts that cannot be submitted as an e-script can be sent by postal mail (please see FAQs for instructions on how to mail transcripts).


Kerry-Ann Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920

Jan Figueroa
Administrative Program Assistant
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920

Medical/Dental Preparatory Program MCAT group