Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela

Pro Tip: Most traditional post-bachelor programs have a time-constrained window for accepting applications and will admit to the fall semester.

Back to school!

Epic hires smart, ambitious people. So, it's no surprise that many choose to go back to school after their tenure. Some of the post-Epic academic pursuits I've witnessed include:


  • Medical school (MD/DO)
  • Nursing school (RN/BSN/MSN)
  • Chiropractic school (DC)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Healthcare/Health Services Administration (MHA)
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Public Health (MPH)


  • PhD work in many fields
  • Veterinary School (DVM)
  • Law school (JD)
  • Business school (MBA)
  • Computer Science (MSCS)
  • Music (Master of Music)
  • Accounting (Master of Accountancy and/or 150 hours needed for CPA)

Application package

Research the hell out of this before you start. Depending on the program (and school) you're interested in pursuing, requirements needed for the admissions process can include:

  • Official college transcripts
  • Coursework prerequisites
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement/essay
  • Resume/CV
  • Interviews
  • Standardized testing scores
  • Financial consent statements
  • Proof of citizenship and/or residency
  • Relevant materials portfolio (artwork, writings, original research, development projects)
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Application fees

Testing, testing: 1, 2, 3

The program you choose will determine the required test(s) that must accompany your application package. Even so, one school might want or accept a test different than that of another school for the same program.

While each exam below lists the length of the exam in hours, these exams will actually take longer. The hours listed for each exam is the sum of time allotted for all sections, but does not include permitted breaks, time reading instructions between section transitions, tutorials, or test day check-in procedures.

  • MCAT: Medical College Admission Test
    • Specifically designed for medical school admissions, and required by most US medical schools (and some veterinary schools)
    • ~6 hours: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
    • $310 registration fee if booked more than one month in advance. Late registration includes tiers of reduced refund on cancellation, and an additional add-on fee of $50 if booked within 2 weeks
    • Owned by AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges)

  • TEAS: Test of Essential Academic Skills
    • Basic aptitude test required pre-admittance for US nursing school programs
    • ~3.5 hours: Reading, Mathematics, Science, English
    • $101 registration fee
    • Owned by ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute)

  • LSAT: Law School Admission Test
    • Specifically designed for law school admissions, and required by most American Bar Association-approved law schools
    • Starting with 2018-2019 application cycle, some schools are beginning to accept the GRE as an alternative
    • ~3 hours: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning (2 sections), Writing Sample (unscored)
    • $180 registration fee, late registration add-on fee: $100. Additionally, a subscription to the Law School Data Assembly Service ($185) is required for application to most law schools
    • Owned by LSAC (Law School Admission Council)

  • GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test
    • Specifically designed for graduate business and management programs
    • Now more than 4/5 of business schools accept the GRE, though many may still prefer the GMAT
    • ~3.5 hours: Analytical Writing (1 essay), Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
    • $250 registration fee
    • Owned by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)

  • GRE: Graduate Record Exam

  • TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language
    • Specifically designed to test the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities
    • ~3.25-4 hours: Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
    • $195 registration fee if taken most places within the US, late registration add-on fee: $40
    • Owned by ETS (Educational Testing Service)

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