Application and eligibility

You can apply for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I during designated periods through your physiciansapply.ca account. You will only be able to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements. For application dates, see Examination at a glance and Proposed future MCCQE Part I dates.

Eligibility requirements

You can apply to the MCCQE Part I as a medical student or graduate.

Your medical school must be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (in the U.S.) for you to challenge the MCCQE Part I directly, without first having to take other MCC exams.

If your school is not accredited by CACMS or the LCME, but is accepted in Canada as per the World Directory of Medical Schools, or is a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, you must first pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE) before applying to the MCCQE Part I.

When you apply, your physiciansapply.ca account will guide you through the process and indicate the documents that you need to submit as part of your application.

To be eligible as a student:

You must be expected to fully complete all requirements to graduate by the following dates:

  • Spring session: by Nov. 30 of the same calendar year
  • Fall session: by March 30 of the following calendar year

Please note, that if you are a Canadian medical student or a U.S. medical student, you will also be required to submit a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport.

To be eligible as a graduate:

Your medical degree/diploma must be in progress of source verification or have been successfully source verified

Please note, however, that if you are a Canadian medical graduate, you will also be required to submit a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport.

If you are an international medical graduate (IMG), a U.S. graduate, or a graduate from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, and ONLY if you have not already done so, you must create a source verification request through your physiciansapply.ca account, and submit a copy of your final medical degree diploma.

Note: Completed source verification of the diploma (verification returned – passed) is required for eligibility to apply to the Medical Council of Canada Part II.

Reapplying for the MCCQE Part I

If you previously applied as an international medical student (IMS), a U.S. medical student, or a student from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine and your expected date of graduation has changed since you first submitted your student attestation form, you must submit a new form.

If you previously applied as a student and are now a graduate, you must submit a copy of your final medical degree (diploma) to the MCC and a source verification request through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you previously applied as a graduate and you have already submitted your final medical degree diploma for source verification, you are not required to resubmit the diploma.

Canadian medical students or graduates are typically not required to submit additional documents as re-applicants to the MCCQE Part I.

Processing of your application

If the MCC has previously reviewed all of the necessary documentation, you may receive quick notification that your MCCQE Part I application has been accepted. Otherwise, please allow up to three weeks for your application to be processed.

Accessibility and test accommodations

If you have a documented disability or special need, you may be able to receive accommodations to help you take the MCCQE Part I. Visit the accessibility and test accommodations page to learn more.

Can I be notified when application opens to a future session?

If you would like to be notified when application opens for a future session, submit your email address below. Please ensure that you enter the correct address.

Once you submit your email address, you will receive a welcome email, which is your confirmation that you have been added to the distribution list.

We will send you the application opening notification through your email account, and not through your physiciansapply.ca account. Unfortunately, the MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.

 

Will the MCCQE Part I change?

As of 2018, we will be making changes to our examination program, impacting all of our examinations, including the MCCQE Part I. For more information on these changes, please visit mccevolution.ca.