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AHCAS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the AHCAS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in early September and closes in early September. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), on the AHCAS Application Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between late June and early August, configurations are entered into the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and ASAHP review submitted configurations in August.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in early September.

Program Participation Requirements

ASAHP requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from ASAHP and AHCAS, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the AHCAS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the AHCAS application and AHCAS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to AHCAS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and ASAHP before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, ASAHP will approve it.

Review the Program Transcript and Coursework Requirements and Application Statuses table below to learn how your transcript and coursework requirements affect the applicant's Application Status and the GPAs provided to you.

Program Transcript and Coursework Requirements and Application Statuses

This table is from the AHCAS Applicant Help Center. All links below will redirect you to that help center.

If your program requires...

(Note: see the Colleges Attended & Transcript Entry sections for more information on transcript and coursework requirements.)

...then WebAdMIT does the following with GPAs...

... and your application's final status is...

Official Transcripts + Full Coursework Entry

Calculates three GPAs and makes them available to your programs:

Verified

Official Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.

Verified

Official Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.

Verified

Unofficial Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs.

Complete

Unofficial Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs.

Complete

No Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs.

Complete

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Applicant Gateway, Configuration Portal, Letters by Liaison, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2022-2023

The table below contains enhancements for AHCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Fees

The first application fee increased to $68. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

GDPR Question

The GDPR question asks users located in a European Union country, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland to choose if they want to opt into our policies when creating an account.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information 

The following statements were removed from the Background Information question:

  • I have a diagnosed physical or mental impairment that substantially limits my participation in educational experiences and opportunities offered by a college.
  • I was accepted to the health professions program after academic reassessment at the completion of remedial courses. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Experiences

New Experience Type options were added:

  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Healthcare Experience
  • Internships
  • Clinical Experience
  • Research

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Achievements

A new Presentations Achievement Type option was added. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

PDF Manager

If you create a list that searches for applicants based on any field in the Designations field grouping (e.g., Designation, Application Status, etc.), you can now extract the full application PDFs that adhere to your list's criteria. For more information, see the PDF Manager page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Clipboard

You can now add multiple applicants to your Clipboard by uploading a CSV file of their CAS IDs. Review the Using the Clipboard page for more information.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Field Manager

The Evaluation field groupings and associated fields were removed. 

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2021-2022

The table below contains enhancements for AHCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Coupon Codes

You can offer organization-specific coupon codes to applicants. Applicants can only use the coupon for a program at your organization.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Invitation Codes

You can offer individual deadline extensions to applicants via invitation codes after your program closes.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information and Contact Information

Liaison utilizes the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a variety of standard "lookup" values, such as country names, states, etc. By default, the Country drop-down lists Taiwan as "Taiwan (Province of China)." This enhancement allows CASs to use an alternate name for Taiwan.

Note that this enhancement does not affect WebAdMIT or Admissions by Liaison, which will continue to display the ISO standard lookup value, Taiwan (Province of China).

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Organizations and Programs

Association users can batch activate or reset programs to draft in the Configuration Portal. A new Organization column is added so association users can filter by organization and perform these batch actions more easily.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Question Rules

You can use the following Question Rules when configuring your program:

  • Show Document Question Rule: request or require a document upload based on an applicant’s response to an Extended Profile or program-level question.
  • Program Availability Question Rule: show or hide your programs based on an applicant’s response to an Extended Profile or program-level question.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Letters by Liaison

Account

Evaluators can now submit their evaluations as a guest, without creating a Letters by Liaison account. Guest users can create an account at any time while working in Letters by Liaison, and evaluators who already have an account can also complete an evaluation as a guest.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

You can now view which applicants reapplied from a previous cycle in WebAdMIT. The Applicant Previously Applied to Organization field tracks this information and populates as Yes or No.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2020-2021

The table below contains enhancements for AHCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The workflow for entering colleges has been improved. Enhancements include:

  • The option to employ an e-transcript vendor from within the application (e.g., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or Credential Solutions, where applicable)
  • An improved process for uploading and previewing unofficial transcripts
  • Enhanced display of requirements

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Add Program Page

Applicants can skip the Add Program page after creating their account.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Coupon Codes

You can purchase coupons that offset the cost of the application and can cover the application processing fee, your program fee, or both fees.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Fees

The application fee for an applicant's first program has decreased to $60. Previously, it was $95. The application fee for additional programs remains the same at $40 each.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Submit Application Page

The Submit Application page lists the term on each program’s tile. Previously, applicants needed to click the additional information icon to view the program’s term.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Program Details

The Start Year drop-down now includes the 2020 to 2024 years.

Action required by all participating programs.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Report Manager

A new Applicant-based report is available: Local Status History. This report includes the applicant’s:

  • CAS ID
  • Name
  • Designation
  • Designation WebAdMIT Label
  • Local Status
  • Local Status Changed Date
  • Local Status Changed By
  • Decision Code
  • Decision Code Changed Date
  • Decision Code Changed By

Every Local Status change for an applicant is listed on one row. If an applicant has multiple Local Status changes, the report will include multiple rows with this information. This information can still be accessed under the History panel on the Applicant Details page.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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