How Can I Help My Students Get Into Medicine?

The ultimate medical entry guide for teachers, principals, and career counsellors.

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The support and guidance of educators is critical to the success of every student seeking a career in medicine. But we understand that the process is long and complex. That’s why we’ve used our 20 years of experience working closely with teachers to create the only guide you’ll ever need.

  • Step-by-step guide with Checklists
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Accurate, reliable and up-to-date
  • A schedule to ensure your students stay on track

Introduction, tips and advice from Dr Ann

Before you begin, take a moment to hear from one of the world's leading experts on medical entry, Dr Ann Deely. For the past 20 years, Dr Ann has worked closely with the educators who have helped more than 20,000 students become doctors. This brief video will explain how we can help you to advise your students.

The Medical Entry Timeline

Let's begin with a basic schedule of key decisions, study and events. This timeline will help you understand the chronology of medical entry and how each phase equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills.

As Soon as Possible

Research university entry requirements and deadlines. Consider enrolling in an HPAT preparation course

November - January

Register for HPAT. Book test session with ProctorU

November - February

Apply to Medical Schools via the Central Applications Office

Late February

Sit HPAT exam


Sit Leaving Certificate examinations

Late June

HPAT results are released


Leaving Certificate results released and CAO offers made

Your Step-by-step Guide to Medical Entry

Medical entry can seem very daunting, especially if you dive in too deeply and quickly. But if you follow our progressive tutorials in chronological order, you'll ensure students always prepare in advance, hit every deadline and maximise their chances of studying at their preferred medical school.


In this guide you'll see a summary of every important requirement. You can expand each panel to see a more detailed explanation, and at the foot of each panel you'll find links to download documents or navigate to important resources. You can even click the checkbox when each task is completed, and the panel will disappear so you can focus on the next step.


Choose the right subjects

Due Date: 5th Year

Learn about the career

Due Date: 6th Year

Apply to the CAO

Due Date: By February in 6th Year

Sit the HPAT

Due Date: Late February in 6th Year

Choose the right university

Due Date: By early July in 6th Year

Become a doctor

Due Date: After 6th Year

How MedEntry Can Help

MedEntry is committed to helping your students access the world's most advanced medical entry prep tools. You can secure significant discounts or nominate students for bursaries. MedEntry has assisted more than 3,000 students in low socio-economic conditions enter medicine over the past 20+ years.

Bulk Group Discounts

If you have a number of students wishing to undertake the MedEntry course, we can provide a code that will allow them to undertake the Premium - Individual package at our group rate (>30% saving).

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Nominate Students For A HPAT Bursary

As a careers teacher, you have the opportunity to provide one of your students with a MedEntry bursary which will entitle them to a discount (up to 60%) off our most popular HPAT package, the Premium Package (essential platform + Dr. Ann's HPAT workshop).

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Useful Downloads

Exclusive to educators, MedEntry offers downloads of HPAT and medical entry resources.

HPAT Handbook

This comprehensive 70 page guide covers everything you need to know about entry into medicine and dentistry.

Free Trial Exam (printable)

MedEntry's Free Printable Trial Exam.

HPAT Poster A2

A2 poster with information about the HPAT. Print it off and post on your school noticeboard!

HPAT Info Sheet A4

Convenient printable A4 summary of all the essential information on the HPAT. Print it off and hand to your students!

Free HPAT Resources

Free UCAT resources for students including a full length HPAT exam with feedback, sample questions and HPAT strategy guide.

MedEntry Brochure

Information leaflet about MedEntry's services.

Want to Learn More?

Guidance counsellors HPAT Seminar

Presented by MedEntry's Director of Education, Dr. Ann Deely, to a large group of guidance counsellors, this seminar addresses every pain point and challenge faced by educators as they guide aspiring medical students.

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Free Workshop Attendance for Careers Teachers

MedEntry extends an open invitation to all careers counsellors, teachers and principals who would like to attend one of our HPAT Workshops. These inspiring workshops are considered by our students to be the highlight of their HPAT preparation. Usually included in our Premium and Comprehensive packages, these workshops are free of charge to educators.

Free Q&A Session for Your Students

If you have a number of students interested in a career in medicine, MedEntry would be delighted to organise a Q&A session for your school. Our experts can introduce students to basic strategies and explain how to balance school studies with HPAT.

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