Rural Entry Admission Scheme

For rural students wanting to study medicine

The Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) is an initiative to promote Medicine to applicants with an extensive rural background who are able to demonstrate and meet rurality and other assessed factors. Applicants who enter the Joint Program in Medicine through the REAS, study the same program as students who apply and enter through the General Applicant process. 

Applicants must choose to apply through the REAS or through the General Applicant process, you cannot apply for both.

Western offers a minimum of 15 places specifically for REAS 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). The pathway is open to current school leavers, non-current school leavers and graduates.

How to Apply

Step 1 – Register and sit the UCAT ANZ


The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a standardised test designed to assess your aptitude in cognitive and non-cognitive qualities associated with successful medical studies.

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. Only current application year UCAT results are considered.

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

Step 2 – Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Submit your application through the Universities Admission Centre. Applications open 1 August 2020 and close on 30 September 2020, late applications will not be accepted. 

You must indicate the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Western as one of your preferences (course code 725505).

You will be asked to indicate a preference to study at either Western Sydney University or Charles Sturt University. Your University preference will be taken into consideration but is not guaranteed. Only one offer will be made into the MD Joint Program in Medicine.

Step 3 – Confirm your 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.

  • Open the Doctor Connect site use the Health Workforce Locator and select Start Now
  • Enter your residential address
  • Under Classifications Filter select ASGS Remoteness Areas Select the Year 2016
  • Click search location to return your designated RA code

Step 4 – Lodge your Community Member Confirmation Form

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 UAC Application. The form is downloadable from the button below.

Step 5 – Meet the Academic Threshold

Rural Entry Admission Scheme applicant - Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 91.5.

  • Equivalency: IB 35 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 = 5.8
  • 1 year or more but uncompleted undergraduate (8-23 units) GPA = 5.6
  • 3 years or more but uncompleted undergraduate (24 units or more) GPA = 4.9
  • Completed undergraduate degree GPA = 4.9
  • Completed undergraduate Honours degree = no minimum GPA required
  • Completed Graduate Certificate = 5.7
  • Completed Graduate Diploma = 5.4
  • Completed Coursework Masters = 4.6
  • Completed Research Masters = no minimum GPA required

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.

Step 6 – Multi-Mini-Station Interview (MMI) and Medical Admission Questionnaire

The purpose of our MMI is to assess non-cognitive qualities important to patients and communities, and which are best assessed in person, rather than through an online test.

If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to complete two brief statements in response to the Medical Admissions Questionnaire (MAQ). Your statement will be used to inform some interview questions.

Interviews will be held at Western’s Campbelltown Campus and the Charles Sturt Orange campus. 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.

You may choose to interview in either Campbelltown or Orange regardless of your preferred study location. No other interview dates will be offered.

Interview Dates:

Charles Sturt University             –       16th to 20th November, 2020

Western Sydney University        –       23rd to 27th November, 2020

Apply now and start your unlimited journey.

Got questions?

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