The Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program offers combined bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees for top students who anticipate assuming a leadership role in 21st-Century medicine. Below is a short description of the application process, but for complete details on the program, requirements and academic components, visit and review the Leadership in Medicine website.
The eight-year Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program is jointly sponsored by Union College, Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus) and Albany Medical College (AMC). Acceptance into the program starts with high school seniors applying to Union College by November 15 using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Union notifies qualified applicants, who then complete the Albany Medical College (AMC) supplemental application. The supplemental application will be emailed to the applicant by AMC. The Admissions Committee at AMC invites selected candidates for interviews. Interviews take place on Mondays or Fridays in January, February and March and also include visits and tours at both AMC and Union.
Applicants who have been forward to AMC will also receive admission to Union and a financial aid package for Union’s four-year undergraduate program. Applications which are not forwarded to AMC will be returned and reviewed in the regular decision applicant pool. The Leadership in Medicine Program is a regular decision program and admitted students have until May 1 to enroll.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Citizens of other countries are not considered for this program.
Your application for the program is due by November 15. Indicate your interest in the Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program by checking the appropriate box. The deadline for financial aid is the same as the application deadline. Union requires both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile forms for need-based financial aid consideration.
What we look for
The most important credential for admission is academic excellence, as evidenced by:
- Excellent grades in the most challenging courses available in high school.
- High school classes in biology and chemistry. Physics is preferred but not required.
- Rank near the top of the class (if the high school provides class rank).
- Required test scores are: SAT (with Writing and Language Test) scores above 1410 and SAT subject scores above 650 in a math and a science, or ACT (with Writing Test) scores at or above 30.
- November of the senior year in high school is the last month to complete required standardized tests.
- Clinical or volunteer service in medicine (the more you have learned about medicine, the better).
- Interest in and knowledge of Healthcare Management.
Albany Medical College advises students to apply to only one of the three AMC combined degree programs. Applicants will be administratively withdrawn if they apply to more than one AMC program.
Successful completion of the CASPer test is required by AMC in order to be considered for the Leadership in Medicine program. The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics like professionalism, ethics, communication and empathy. To learn more about CASPer or to sign up for the American Undergraduate Health Science test (CSP10106), please go to www.takeCASPer.com.
The cost to take the CASPer test is $10 (USD), and the test dates for 2018 are October 25, November 20 and December 12.
Union College writing question
Please note: the writing question will be visible after you select an answer to the "Student Status" question on the Union College member screen.
- Discuss your interest in Union beyond your application to the Leadership in Medicine Program. (Limit: 150 words)
For students starting college in the fall 2018, there were 389 applicants for the Leadership in Medicine Program.
- 279 were forwarded to Albany Medical College
- 94 were interviewed
- 35 were offered admission
- 15 enrolled at Union