Rural Entry Admission Scheme

For rural students wanting to study medicine

The Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) offers a minimum of 15 places specifically for rural students to study medicine.

REAS applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (New Zealand citizens are not eligible to apply via this scheme).

This scheme is open to current school leavers, non-current school leavers and graduates.

Applicants who are successful in gaining a place in medicine via this scheme will study the same program as all other students.

Selection criteria

Criteria 1 - Academic Rank


The below Grade Point Averages (GPA) are on a 7 scale. If your GPA is calculated on a 4 scale, simply multiply your GPA by 1.75.

This is a guide for domestic applicants only and the University reserves the right to ascertain your equivalent score. These criteria are reviewed annually and the criteria published on 1 October each year will apply to your enrolment.

Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) applicants - ATAR (or equivalent) of 93.5

  • Equivalency: IB 36 or higher; OP 1 to 4, GCE of A A A* or higher (3 or less A2 subjects)
  • 1 semester or more but less than 1 year undergraduate (4-7 units) GPA = 6.1
  • 1 year or more but uncompleted undergraduate (8-23 units) GPA = 5.9
  • 3 years or more but uncompleted undergraduate (24 units or more) GPA = 5.2
  • Completed undergraduate degree GPA = 5.2
  • Completed undergraduate Honours degree = no minimum GPA required
  • Completed Graduate Certificate = 6.0
  • Completed Graduate Diploma = 5.7
  • Completed Coursework Masters = 4.9
  • Completed Research Masters = no minimum GPA required

Criteria 2 - UCAT ANZ

From 2019, students must complete The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). This test is used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical programmes. Applicants must register via the UCAT ANZ website.

More information including registration and dates can be found on the UCAT ANZ website.


Criteria 3 – Remoteness Area

REAS applicants must have lived in an Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) of 2 to 5 for a minimum of 5 years consecutively or 10 cumulative years, commencing from the age of 5 to immediately prior to commencing the Doctor of Medicine.

To check your postcode(s) please refer to Doctor Connect.

Once you reach the Doctor Connect site use the Health Workforce Locator to check your residential location.

  • Start now and click “Search a location"
  • Enter your residential address
  • Under Classifications select Australian Statistical Geographic Standard Remoteness Areas
  • Select the Year 2016 from the drop down list
  • Click search location to return your designated RA code

Criteria 4 - Interview (MMI)

The interview is a Multi-station Mini Interview (MMI), and will be held between 25-29 November 2019. This involves the applicant being asked a series of questions; each question is asked by a separate interviewer in a separate interview station.

Applicants will have approximately eight minutes to respond to the question before being asked to move to the next interview station.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply via UAC, include Western Sydney University Doctor of Medicine (MD) as one of the preferences.
  • Sit UCAT ANZ during the year of application.
  • Complete the online MD registration form below. Completed forms must be submitted by Midnight AEST 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

The School of Medicine requires all REAS applicants to provide documentation confirming their eligibility to apply as a rural applicant. Applicants must upload a completed Community Member Confirmation form as part of their MD registration submission. Forms are downloadable from the link below.

Community Member Confirmation Form

If you are intending to enrol in the medical course at the School of Medicine you should look at the Medicine Inherent Requirements statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.

Apply now and start your unlimited journey.

Got questions?

For further information, please contact Team U at 1300 897669 or email at