Assured Pathway entry to Medicine and Dentistry for domestic applicants

This page is for domestic school-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine or the Assured Pathway to the Doctor of Dental Medicine. If you are not a domestic school leaver, view other application requirements.

The Assured Pathway to Medicine and Assured Pathway to Dental Medicine are available for high-achieving domestic school leavers. Eligible school-leaver applications are via TISC, and will open in line with TISC timelines and close late September for medicine and dentistry. You must apply as a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.  

Successful applicants will receive a conditional place in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). An Assured Pathway place in the MD or DMD is conditional upon successful completion of a UWA bachelor's degree meeting academic minimum results. Students with an Assured Pathway place are not required to sit a graduate admissions test or undergo further interviews in order to take up their place.

Should you accept an offer, your Assured Pathway is specific to a particular postgraduate course. You cannot automatically transfer your Assured Pathway place to a different postgraduate course. If your career aspirations change, you may apply for graduate entry into a different course. Should you attain a graduate place in a different course, or otherwise change your mind, you may withdraw from your Assured Pathway place.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum ATAR of 99 or equivalent for High Academic Achievers; Minimum ATAR of 96 or equivalent for Rural or Broadway applicants (refer to eligibility criteria below)
  • Suitable UCAT ANZ score
  • Interview
  • English language competency
  • Eyesight Requirements for the DMD, and Inherent Requirements for the MD 

Thoroughly read through all sections for a detailed understanding of the requirements.

Application process and timelines
  • Applicants must register for and sit UCAT ANZ (registrations usually close during May, test sittings take place during July).
  • Applicants are required to lodge a TISC application, entering the relevant TISC course code(s).
  • Applications for the Assured Pathway to Medicine and the Assured Pathway to Dentistry are now open and will close late September according to TISC deadlines.
  • UWA's Rural eligibility form must be submitted via TISC by the TISC deadline for Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Refer to the TISC guide for current course codes and application deadlines.

Admission and selection processes may be amended should changes become necessary due to COVID19 restrictions.

Predicted ATAR information for Western Australian applicants will be accessed via TISC (the Predicted ATAR form is no longer required).

Eligible applicants who are based outside Western Australia are interviewed during January after actual results have been released, and are therefore not required to submit a predicted result.

Applicants will be contacted after the WACE exams are complete regarding eligibility for interview. Applicants who are based outside Western Australia will be contacted after final ATAR results have been released.

Interviews will take place during:

  • Late November/Early December for WA-based applicants who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and predicted ATAR or equivalent (or actual score where available)
  • Early January for WA-based applicants who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and actual ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Mid to late January for applicants based outside WA who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and actual ATAR (or equivalent)

Course offers will be as per TISC timelines.

Eligibility criteria

High Academic Achievers

This quota is for WA school leavers with a minimum ATAR of 99.

There are also a small number of places available for domestic school leavers who have completed Year 12 or equivalent at a school outside of Western Australia and have achieved a minimum ATAR of 99 or equivalent. 

Rural

The Rural program is part of a Federal Government initiative to address workforce shortages in medicine, dentistry, and allied health care in regional, rural and remote Australia. To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an area defined by the Department of Health as regional, rural or remote according to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for eligible locations can be found on the DoctorConnect website - click on Modified Monash Model 2019.  The MMM 2019 rates locations based on 2016 census data on a scale of 1 - 7. If you are a domestic student who lives or has lived in areas rated MM-2 through MM-7 for the defined periods you may be eligible for consideration within the Rural quota.

School-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway who believe they fit the rural definition must submit UWA's Rural Eligibility form with their TISC application. Note the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry is late September; refer to the TISC website for updated information on application periods and other deadlines.  Contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have further queries.

Broadway

Broadway UWA is designed to ensure access to UWA courses is available to the broadest range of students with the potential to succeed at university. The main goal of the program is to increase the diversity in the student cohorts and to promote equity in the selection of students.

Specified schools are invited to participate in this program. You are eligible for consideration as a Broadway Assured Pathway applicant if you have undertaken your entire Year 12 studies, including WACE, at a UWA Broadway school.  

Broadway eligible school-leaver applicants will indicate their school as part of their TISC application, and must apply by the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry (late September, refer to TISC website for updated information on application periods and other deadlines). Contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have further queries.

Indigenous

Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous Assured Pathway applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Contact the Specialist Admissions team or the School of Indigenous Studies for information regarding this pathway.

UCAT ANZ – University Clinical Aptitude Test

All applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway Assured Pathways to Medicine and Dentistry must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). UCAT ANZ must be sat during the application year, that is, the year prior to commencement in the Assured Pathway. UCAT ANZ assesses a range of abilities identified as important by university medical and dental schools for success in their programs or courses, and later as a clinician.

The UCAT ANZ is a two-hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres. Refer to the UCAT ANZ website for a list of test locations.

The UCAT ANZ will be offered on a range of dates and venues throughout the month of July and early August.

To sit the test, you will need to register for UCAT ANZ and book a test date, time and location.

Details of the test format, including how to register and what to expect on test day are available on the UCAT ANZ website.

Free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests are available on the UCAT ANZ official website.

All resources contained on the UCAT ANZ website are FREE. Candidates should be aware that while third party organisations may charge fees for books, courses and coaching, these organisations do not have access to any information which is not already freely available.  UWA does not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering admissions test preparation, including those held on UWA grounds.

UCAT ANZ results

Invitations for interview will be based on UCAT ANZ performance with the condition that applicants are also predicted to meet or have met the minimum academic threshold (ATAR or equivalent). 

Applicants should not base decisions regarding the current admissions year on results from previous years, particularly with the implementation of UCAT ANZ in place of UMAT.

Applicants must sit UCAT ANZ the year of application (that is, the year prior to commencement). The UCAT ANZ score cannot be carried over from a previous application year.

COVID19 and the 2021-2022 admissions cycle

Pearson VUE will make arrangements for testing to be carried out in compliance with any COVID19 restrictions which may be in place at that time.  Candidates who have registered for the test will be kept informed should any further changes become necessary as the situation develops.

Be aware that should the COVID19 situation develop such that UWA is unable to carry out interviews, it is possible that results from the Situational Judgement section of UCAT ANZ may be used as part of the selection process. Applicants will be kept informed of any changes that may become necessary.

English language competency requirement
All Assured Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
Prerequisite and recommended subjects

Assured Pathway students must complete a UWA bachelor’s degree before commencing the MD or DMD. In addition to English language competency requirements, there may be other prerequisites depending on the chosen major. In most cases, students who have not undertaken prerequisite subjects may undertake bridging units as part of their bachelor’s degree studies.

The following ATAR or equivalent subjects are recommended, or may be taken as Level 1 university units:
Chemistry 
Biology or Human Biology 
Maths Applications or above

Students who plan to apply for a Assured Pathway into the MD or DMD should prioritise getting their highest possible marks.

Assured Pathway – Bonded medical places

The Government’s Bonded Programs aim to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and remote Australia. In accordance with the Department of Health and Ageing, 28.5 per cent of all Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs) in UWA’s MD have been designated as bonded medical places (BMPs).

Bonded places will be allocated according to the ranked list. Applicants are not required to specify a preference for a BMP.

MD students who have accepted a Bonded Medical Place agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period specified by the Department of Health after they have graduated. Depending on the specialisation, areas of workforce shortage may be in remote, rural or urban locations. This period can be completed between commencing internship and five years after fellowship is achieved.

Further information on the current BMP Scheme, including the Deed of Agreement, is available on the Department of Health BMP website.

Applicants who accept a Bonded Place in the Assured Pathway to Medicine will not be contractually bound to their Bonded Medical Place until ready to commence in the MD. Students with a Bonded Assured Pathway place who would prefer an unbonded place in the MD may sit the GAMSAT and apply via graduate entry.

Interviews
  • Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their UCAT ANZ score and predicted or actual ATAR.
  • The interview allows shortlisted candidates to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in medical and dental practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place.
  • The interview will assess candidates on a variety of attributes such as accountability, ethical and moral judgement, communication skills, management skills, problem solving, self-awareness, teamwork/collaboration, conflict resolution, empathy, resilience.
  • WA-based applicants are notified after the WACE exams (mid-late November) regarding their eligibility for interview.
  • Applicants based outside WA are notified after the ATAR actual results are released (late December/early January) regarding their eligibility for interview.
  • Shortlisted candidates who accept their interview will be provided with interview information and preparation material prior to the interview.
  • Approximately two to three candidates are interviewed per each available place.
  • The process including registration will take approximately 90 minutes.

 

Timing and location

  • WA-based candidates who are eligible based on their UCAT ANZ score and predicted ATAR will be interviewed late November/early December. Interviews are planned to be held in-person. Candidates will be advised should circumstances change.
  • WA-based candidates who are eligible based on their UCAT ANZ but do not have an eligible predicted ATAR will be placed on an academic reserve list to be interviewed early January should their actual ATAR meet the minimum. Venue details to be advised.
  • Candidates not based in WA will be interviewed late January, with shortlisting based on UCAT ANZ and actual ATAR. Candidates will be advised closer to the date regarding availability of online interviews.
  • Candidates unable to attend within their given interview period cannot be guaranteed an alternative interview period.
  • Candidates will be kept informed of any changes that may become necessary due to COVID19 restrictions.
Eyesight requirements – DMD only

Applicants are recommended to have an eye examination to determine if they have any vision defects which will interfere with their ability to practise as a dentist. Students must meet these visual requirements. Vision defects that can be corrected, such as by the wearing of glasses, should be done so prior to enrolment. Colour blindness may affect the ability to become a dentist and it is strongly advised that affected applicants seek advice from an ophthalmologist.

 

Inherent requirements – MD only
Students who aspire to pursue medicine as a career should review the inherent requirements [PDF, 156KB].
Final ranking for course offers
  • Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent, interview and UCAT ANZ score
  • Final ranking for Rural applicants will be based on ATAR or equivalent, interview, UCAT ANZ score, and rurality rating
Internship and registration for medical practitioners

Registration upon completion: Doctor of Medicine

On completion of the MD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a pre-registration internship in an approved hospital, followed by a period of specialist training (e.g. surgeon, general practitioner). Doctors may undertake further specialist training after registering as a medical practitioner (e.g. psychiatry, neurology). The Australian Medical Association provides information regarding the registration process.

Priority for internships is given to graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The Department of Health has advised that due to an increase in Australian medical graduates, it is likely there will be limited internship opportunities for international graduates. As per previous years, international graduates who wish to undertake internship in Australia are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. International graduates may also look into requirements to undertake internships in their home country.

Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. For further information, refer to the Medical Board.

Section 19AB limits Medicare access for Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and Foreign Graduates of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) who became permanent Australian residents or citizens on or after 1 January 1997.  

Refer to the Australian Department of Health for information regarding registration to practice medicine in Australia.

Registration for dental practitioners

Registration upon completion: Doctor of Dental Medicine

On completion of the DMD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

On successful completion of the DMD, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia, or with overseas Dental Boards with reciprocal arrangements, and enter the profession immediately. Registered Dentists may choose to later undertake further specialist training (e.g. orthodontics, oral pathology).

Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. Refer to the Dental Board of Australia for information regarding registration to practice dentistry in Australia.