Non-Traditional Pathway Applicants who are Residents of Québec

Category Code = MD-ROQ-N

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to apply to the Non-Traditional Pathway:

  • Québec residency status fully established by the application deadline (November 1);
  • Hold a complete undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree by July 31 of the entering year of medicine per the educational requirements WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION:
    • the undergraduate degree used as the basis of admission may have been completed on a part-time basis.
  • Is not eligible to apply in any other applicant category ;
  • Meets all other admission requirements and conditions for medical programs WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS
    • NTP applicants may apply for admission with partially complete and/or out-of-date (more than eight years from the application deadline) basic science prerequisites. 'Partially complete' means a minimum of 4 of the required prerequisite courses. Any or all of these 4 could be out of date).
    • Applicants who have completed all basic science prerequisites, of which some or all are out-of-date, and who have continuous relevant work experience or  advanced studies by the application deadline may be eligible for the Quebec-University pathway and therefore ineligible for the NTP pathway.  Applicants in this situation are responsible for submitting a request for exemption from renewing the out-of-date Basic Science Course(s) prior to applying in order to determine the correct application category. See:

    • NOTE: Applicants with no basic science prerequisites whatsoever will not be considered.

NTP Qualifying Year

NEW! ► Successful NTP applicants will be admitted to a Qualifying Year (QY) to be undertaken chiefly in the Faculty of Science. NTP students in the QY Year must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, with no grades lower than a B in order to continue on into the 4-year M.D.,C.M. program.  In order to determine which Qualifying Year courses will be required, Non Traditional Pathway candidates will be asked to submit  a detailed account of their knowledge of the Science concepts to the QY committee (see document on this page: )

  • Exceptionally, NTP candidates may be exempted from the Qualifying Year.  Determination of exemption is examined on a case-by-case basis by the QY committee.  The following types of information will be considered:
    • Recent work, research or advanced studies in the relevant field (See note regarding eligibility for Quebec-University pathway under “Eligiblity Requirements” above)
    • MCAT score (2015 exam or later); score must be available by May 1, 2018
    • Transcripts updating all missing/expired prerequisite courses submitted by May 1, 2018 (either at CEGEP, university, or through a distance education university program).

Important Dates

The following dates are for the Fall 2018 entry and are subject to change without notice. There is no winter or summer entry.

  • Application deadline:  November 1, 2017
  • Submission deadline: November 1, 2017
  • Target date for sending preliminary selections: January 26, 2018
  • Interview dates: April 10, 11, 12, 2018
Related ► For more important dates, see

Key Numbers & Statistics

  • Anticipated number of seats available for Fall 2018: up to 5

The following is presented as reference only. It does not offer any predictive validity: 

  • Average number of applicants: 127
  • Average number of interviewed candidates: 17
  • Average GPA of interviewed candidates: 3.74

Special Notes

  • Non-Traditional Pathway applicants whose undergraduate degrees were completed outside of Canada are not required to submit an MCAT score.
  • Non-Traditional Pathway applicants are not eligible to apply to the joint MDCM-PHD and MDCM-MBA programs.