Frequently Asked Questions

For Candidates

CapYear is FREE for pre-health graduates to apply for jobs. We provide a host of additional free resources to help you with your applications and career development. If you choose to enroll in our structured advising through our future online course, group coaching, and 1:1 advising, each has associated tiered costs to be accessible to most students. We work with select employers to offer advising as an employment benefit.

This will be employer dependent but CapYear makes it easy to search which employers do and don’t require a certificate MA or CNA certificates.  We work on our end to find employers with clinical positions that do not require a medical assistant certificate.  Jobs that are CapYear certified are most likely to have waived requirements for CNA or medical assistant certification for clinical positions.

We are not just advisors, we help you cut through the noise to find gap year experiences with employers who are looking specifically to hire and support pre-health students. CapYear then provides wraparound support to successfully use your gap year time to gain admissions to PA or medical school. We are a one stop shop for your gap year.

Our team is led by Deborah Gutman, MD, MPH who is a practicing emergency physician with 25 years of experience in clinical practice at top academic medical centers. She trained at and served in a number of leadership and teaching roles at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and has won several teaching and patient satisfaction awards. She is current faculty and pre health advisor at the Brown Gateways Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program. For the last 10 years she has been the sole proprietor of a successful advising practice providing individualized advising for students planning to attend medical school, PA school, and residency programs. She has spoken at numerous national conferences on medical schools admission and is author of several publications in medical education. As chief medical educator Dr. Gutman trains all of our CapYear advisors to our CapYear methods and standards.

The CapYear job board is free for candidates and  is open to all candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be able to legally work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. 
  2. Have graduated with a pre-health or science related bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university
  3.  Are currently enrolled in an accredited pre-health or science related bachelor degree program or post baccalaureate program.
  4. Non pre-health bachelor’s degree candidates will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 
  5. If you are a graduate, you must be within 4 years of your graduation year.  

CapYear reserves the right to remove your profile from the job board if you do not meet these criteria.  

Of course! We want to meet you even before you embark on your gap year whether or not you decide to take one. If you are already in a gap year we are happy to provide application support whether or not you used CapYear for your job placement. Our advising services are independent of our job board.

Currently, we are offering 1:1 individual advising appointments. These appointments can be used to strategize your gap year plan and improve your candidacy for PA or medical school. We also offer interview preparation sessions and a re-applicant evaluation. We will be launching a full set of asynchronous courses to guide your applications to medical school and PA school with optional group advising.

Ultimately that is up to you and your employer.  Most employers are looking for a minimum 12 month commitment, some may require up to a 24 month commitment.

Our employer partners are faced with hiring needs year-round so new opportunities are always coming up.  By creating a profile on our job board, you will be ready to apply when the right opportunity comes up for you.  Most employers are looking to hire immediately, however, CapYear certified jobs may be on a scheduled hire rotation and may start looking for candidates as early as January or February to start after graduation in June. When you post your resume early you can also sign up for job alerts and be ready to hit submit when you see one that looks right for you!

You will be asked to certify when you apply for jobs through CapYear that you are enrolled in or have a degree from an accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree program.  CapYear reserves the right to remove your profile and stop you from applying to jobs through the job board if you do not meet these criteria.

By applying to jobs through CapYear you are certifying that you are legally allowed to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.

For Employers

CapYear helps connect top pre-health college talent to employers looking to hire them. The CapYear job board enables employers to quickly reach candidates who want to work in entry-level clinical positions. CapYear can help you promote your opportunities to its talent network and to a diverse set of schools.

For current pricing, visit the pricing page on our job board here. You can also contact us to inquire about introductory employer offers and annual subscriptions here.

Getting started is easy! Simply go to the job board, sign up as an employer, and walk through the simple steps of creating a company profile and posting the position. You can sign up here.

CapYear is a recruiting platform, not a staffing service.  Any hires employers make through CapYear are hired directly by the employers.  Employers set the terms of employment for their specific positions.

Success with any specific role depends largely on the position and terms of employment. Many of our employer partners have hired through CapYear multiple times.

We would love to hear from you. You can contact us here and set up a time to speak. You can also email us at or call us at 800-943-0023.

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