DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) -- Southeastern Oklahoma State University signed an affiliation agreement with Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

"We're really excited about this partnership," said SOSU President Dr. Thomas Newsom.

The deal between the universities means SOSU students who meet certain requirements are guaranteed an admissions interview with ACHE.

"We have a number of students who have graduated from Southeastern who have gone on to be successful at ACHE, and they approached us because they really feel like our students are incredibly prepared to go into the medical field through their medical school," Dr. Newsom said.

Some students believe getting the interview to get into medical school is is one of the hardest parts of the process.

"Your application can kind of get lost in all the other ones, so getting a guaranteed interview is a big step," said SOSU sophomore Emma Quintana. "That means they're going to see you, they're going to hear from you, and you will be compared with other people who interviewed, versus the thousands of other people that just applied."

Quintana is a double major in biology and chemistry, and wants to go on to become a pediatric surgeon.

Post-baccalaureate student Jamey Keffer is making the transition to medicine, and already had her eye on ACHE.

"I have two friends, recent graduates, who have already taken their MCAT [Medical College Admission Test], and they're already there, so when I saw this post, it was really exciting, I was like, 'This is great! I'm going to get an interview!" Keffer said. "This was in my top three schools."

To be eligible for this program, students must attain a certain grade point average and score on the MCAT.