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Interview Day

Congratulations on progressing to the next step of your application process. To ensure your travel and Interview Day here at the College of Medicine is informative and successful; please read below prior to your scheduled Interview Day.

California Northstate University College of Medicine is located at 9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, California 95757. Our web address is medicine.cnsu.edu


Driving and Travel Directions

Please be aware that freeway traffic within the Elk Grove/Sacramento area is congested during these hours; therefore please do plan your travel accordingly to ensure you arrive within the check-in time noted above. A great resource for checking morning traffic is by watching the local news broadcast and/or listening to KFBK 93.1 Sacramento area radio (via iHeart Radio) for traffic updates every ten minutes. 

From the Sacramento International Airport

  • 6900 Airport Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95837
  • Head south on Airport Boulevard, towards airport exit
  • Merge onto I-5 SOUTH
  • Follow I-5 South thru downtown Sacramento towards Los Angeles (approximately 14 miles)
  • Exit at Elk Grove Boulevard, and turn left heading east
  • Take the first right onto West Taron Drive
  • The campus parking lot is the second driveway on the right after the first stop sign


From San Francisco

  • Take I-80 east toward the Oakland/Bay Bridge
  • Follow I-80 east towards Sacramento
  • Continue onto Capital City Freeway/Business 80/US-50 East
  • Exit at I-5 South towards Los Angeles (approximately for 14 miles)
  • Exit at Elk Grove Boulevard, and turn left heading east
  • Take the first right onto West Taron Drive
  • The campus parking lot is the second driveway on the right after the first stop sign


From Los Angeles

  • Follow I-5 North
  • After passing thru Stockton, continue on for 36 more miles
  • Exit at Elk Grove Boulevard and turn right heading east
  • Take the first right onto West Taron Drive
  • The campus parking lot is the second driveway on the right after the first stop sign

Area Transportation

  • Super Shuttle: 916-648-2500 or www.SuperShuttle.com
  • Sacramento Regional Transit, includes light rail and buses: 916-321-2877 or www.sacrt.com
  • E-Tran (Elk Grove Transportation Bus System): 916-683-8726 or www.e-tran.org
  • Dave’s Taxi Service 916-879-6000 or www.AirportTaxiShuttle.com
  • Island Star Cab Company: 916-420-2356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Hotels Near Campus
These hotels are between 0.5 and 1.8 miles from campus. Be sure to communicate to the front desk that you are interviewing at California Northstate University for a discounted rate. 

Holiday Inn Express 2460 Maritime Drive, Elk Grove, California 95758
916-478-4000

Hampton Inn & Suites 2305 Longport Court, Elk Grove, California 95758
916-683-9545
Preparing for Interview Day


Preparation for Interview Day

We believe a successful Interview Day happens when candidates come prepared. Please review the required criteria below prior to your arrival to ensure your day runs smoothly.

  • Provide a valid ID upon check-in
  • Bring something to write with
  • Notepad
  • Professional dress required
  • Professional conduct is expected of all attendees
  • Smartphone use during interviews is prohibited, and is cause for dismissal


Your Arrival

On your Interview Day, check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end promptly at 9:25 a.m. The College of Medicine staff will be awaiting your arrival at the check-in table located on your immediate right upon entrance to the campus. 

In addition to your formal interview, your day will also consist of the following informational sessions listed below; therefore, plan to be remain on campus until 5:00 p.m.

  • Welcome by Senior Administration
  • Overview of Accreditation and Medical Education Program
  • Overview of College Masters Program
  • United States Military Scholarship Program
  • Financial Aid Workshop
  • MMI Hybrid Dialog Topic
  • Lunch with College of Medicine Faculty and Students
  • Presentation on CNUCOM’s IT & Library Resources
  • Local Housing Information
  • Campus Tour


Requests to Reschedule or Cancel Interview

Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not offer rescheduling of interviews. However, a request may be submitted at your own discretion. We understand that unexpected events may occur no matter how prepared you are. Therefore, if you need to cancel your interview, we require the professional courtesy of a phone call and/or e-mail by 5.p.m the evening before your scheduled interview date.

You can either leave a detailed voicemail with the Admissions Office at 916-686-7300 ext.177 or send us a detailed e-mail at COMadmissions@cnsu.edu. 

Failure to provide notification will be reported to AMCAS.

     

 

 
 
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Admission Steps for Fall 2018 Applicants of four-year MD program

Important Communication Policy for Fall 2018 College of Medicine Applicants: To ensure that all applicants have an equal and ethical assessment of their application; all inquiries regarding your application and material are to be directed and submitted to the Admissions Office only at 916-686-7300 ext. 177 or via e-mail at COMadmissions@cnsu.edu.

Any type of communication made by the applicant (or applicant’s parents, employers/supervisors, and faculty/advisors) to the CNU President, College of Medicine Dean or Admissions Committee members is strictly prohibited. Any attempt to do so will be viewed as “inappropriate communication” and may negatively impact your application due to failing to follow the Communication Policy as stated.

 

  1. Complete CNUCOM admission prerequisites.
  2. CNUCOM accepts MCAT scores from the last 3 years. Acceptable MCAT versions are:
    • Traditional MCAT exam (only test scores after January 01, 2014 accepted)
    • New MCAT Exam
  3. Complete your application via the Association of American Medical Colleges portal AMCAS.
  4. Completed AMCAS applications will be reviewed by the CNUCOM Admissions Committee and Admissions Office.
  5. Selected, qualified applicants will be invited to complete the CNUCOM Supplemental Application (a $100 non-refundable fee is assessed to the application).
  6. Fall 2018 Letter of Recommendation Requirements:

    CNUCOM requires three letters of recommendation in the following categories:

    First Letter
    Academic
    Research
    Healthcare Institution

    Second and Third Letters
    Science Professor
    Non-Science Professor
    Practicing Physician
    Academic Advisor
    Research Advisor
    University Student Services
    University Governance/Advisor,
    Current Healthcare Provider,
    Employer Supervisor,
    Other Institution Faculty

    In lieu of the three LOR's above, applicants can choose to submit one Pre-Med Committee Letter AND one letter from either category above.

    Please submit all letters of recommendation through the AMCAS letter service.

    Applicants for Fall 2018 may use the letter of recommendation requirements for Fall 2019 which are as follows:

    Fall 2019 Letter of Recommendation Requirements:

    CNUCOM requires three letters of recommendation, including one (1) from a professor in the sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics), one (1) from a professor not in the sciences, and one (1) from someone who has known the applicant for a substantial amount of time (e.g. research principal investigator, shadowed physician, volunteer coordinator, organization leader, work supervisor). Applicants are encouraged to submit two (2) additional letters from any source. A Pre-med Committee Packet may be submitted in lieu of both of the professor letters.

    All letters of recommendation should address the applicant's preparedness to become a doctor. Each letter should be written by an individual with whom the applicant has formed a strong relationship, and not simply someone who has given the applicant a high grade. CNUCOM is particularly interested in references to the applicant's work ethic, integrity, compassion, emotional stability, and judgment. Please consider, among others, professors who have taught in your upper-division courses, or individuals who have seen you interact in professional health settings or have witnessed your personal development.

    Please submit all letters of recommendation through the AMCAS letter service.
  7. Completed Supplemental Applications will be thoroughly reviewed. Highly qualified candidates will be sent an invitation to participate in an on-campus interview.
  8. Successfully complete an on-campus interview
  9. The Admissions Committee will confidentially review and vote on completed application packages as Accepted, Waitlisted or Rejected.
  10. The Admissions Office staff will then communicate the final vote, and next steps if applicable to candidates.

  • All admission decisions are final. Requests for admission decision appeals will not be accepted.
  • The College of Medicine is not accepting transfer students from other medical schools and/or programs.
  • At this time, the College of Medicine M.D. Program is only open to U.S. citizens and legal residents with Green Cards.

Please visit our Admissions FAQ for more information
     

 

 
 
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Admissions Timeline

Important Communication Policy for Fall 2017 College of Medicine Applicants: To ensure that all applicants have an equal and ethical assessment of their application; all inquiries regarding your application and materials are to be directed and submitted to the Admissions Office only at 916-686-7300 ext. 177 or via e-mail at COMadmissions@cnsu.edu. 

Any type of communication made by the applicant (or applicant’s parents, employers/supervisors, and faculty/advisors) to the CNU President, College of Medicine Dean, or Admissions Committee members is strictly prohibited.  Any attempt to do so will be viewed as “inappropriate communication” and may negatively impact your application due to failing to follow the Communication Policy as stated.

 

Timeline for CNUCOM Fall 2017 Applicants

May 01, 2016

AMCAS application portal opens for data entry

June 01, 2016

AMCAS application submission begins

July 01, 2016

Invitations to complete CNUCOM Supplemental Application opens

August 01, 2016

Deadline to complete/submit application to AMCAS for Early Decision Program (EDP)

September 2016

CNUCOM Interviews for Fall ’17 begins

October 01, 2016

EDP admission decisions released to candidates per AMCAS Traffic Rules

December 15, 2016

Deadline to complete Primary Application to AMCAS

February 28, 2017

Deadline to submit completed Supplemental Application to College of Medicine

May 01, 2017

Deadline for candidates to select only one institution to hold position for Fall ’17 per the AMCAS Traffic Rules. Candidates may remain on the Waitlist at other institutions during this time.

August 02, 2017

Orientation begins

August 07, 2017

First day of the Fall '17 Semester


  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early to remain competitive.
  • CNUCOM utilizes the “Rolling Admissions” acceptance method.
  • Visit the AMCAS website for specific details about the application process, fees and Traffic Rules.
     

California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300