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FAQs

 

Can a CSUF science teaching assistant's letter of evaluation be accepted in place of a science faculty member? 
Am I limited to only 3 letters of evaluation or can I turn in more?
When should I apply to the linkage program?
Which linkage should I apply to if there are multiple schools in my desired profession?
I would like to apply to a few more schools, is that acceptable if I’m accepted into the linkage program?
When will interviews take place?
Are there any fees affiliated with applying for a linkage?
Can I apply to more than one linkage?
How can I learn more about the linkages that CSUF has?
What if I’m accepted to the linkage program and don’t meet the entrance exam requirement?


Can a CSUF science teaching assistant's letter of evaluation be accepted in place of a science faculty member?

Yes, one of your letters can be from a teaching assistant.

 

Am I limited to only 3 letters of evaluation or can I turn in more?

Additional letters are possible, but not encouraged unless the letters are coming from clinical professionals. 

 

  When should I apply to the linkage program?

If you are considering applying to a linkage program, you can apply as early as you want. You are required to be in the linkage program at least 1 1/2 years as a CSUF student. You should apply no later than the January prior to your desired matriculation. 

 

Which linkage should I apply to if there are multiple schools in my desired profession?

There are many different things to consider when selecting the linkage program to which you are interested in applying. You are not allowed to apply to more than one linkage program at a time, so the linkage you select should be carefully considered. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as the location of the program, price per year, specialties, rotations, and so forth. Be sure you can clearly demonstrate and articulate your reasoning as to why you selected the particular profession and linkage program to which you are applying. 

 

I would like to apply to a few more schools, is that acceptable if I’m accepted into the linkage program?

Doing so is strongly discouraged. Once a school accepts you to their linkage program, they reserve a seat in their incoming class for you. Applying to other schools will not only reflect negatively upon you, but will reflect negatively upon future CSUF applicants. Please consider the repercussions of applying to additional schools if you have already been accepted to a linkage school.

 

When will interviews take place?

Once you submit your application and all of the necessary items for your application packet, your packet will be carefully reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum criteria for the program. Once your application and content has been verified, the Health Professions Committee will call you in for a formal interview.  If you are supported, your file will be sent to the linkage admissions committee at the Institution to which you are applying. The interview dates are listed below.

Program

Interview Date

Western D.O.

End of January

Western DPM

Early 2013

Fall 2013

LECOM D.O.

June 18

LECOM Pharm.D

June 18

LECOM D.D.S

June 18

George Washington University M.D.

November 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be aware that an interview with the linkage school is not a guarantee of admission.

 

Are there any fees affiliated with applying for a linkage?

There are no fees affiliated with the linkage application that you submit to CSUF. You will begin to incur fees when you submit your centralized application to a professional school and when you need to travel to the University to interview with their admissions committee. Please note that this is a tremendous savings to a linkage student. A typical pre-health professions applicants spends on average $3,000-$5,000 per application cycle. 

 

Can I apply to more than one linkage?

No, we ask that you carefully consider the program you apply to and have a very definitive response as to why you chose that profession and linkage program in particular. 

 

How can I learn more about the linkages that CSUF has?

Visit our website! If you have further questions, please speak with Dr. Christina Goode. 

 

What if I’m accepted to the linkage program and don’t meet the entrance exam requirement?

In order to gain acceptance to the profession school, you will need to meet the linkage program's minimum entrance exam requirement. For some programs, such as GWU, there is only one chance to take the test and received the required score. For other programs, the required score must be attained by a certain date. Failure to meet the entrance exam requirements will result in withdrawal of the linkage acceptance. As soon as you learn your score, you should be in touch with Dr. Goode and/or the admissions counselor assigned for the linkage program.