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Accelerated, Early Assurance and Post Baccalaureate Linkage Programs
 

 

Introduction

Drexel University College of Medicine has linkage agreements with several undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. For undergraduate students, we have fast track (BS/MD), Scholar’s, and Early Assurance programs. Each program type has a different set of admission requirements and overall philosophy – so each is geared for a different type of student. Undergraduate institutions with whom we partner for these programs also differ from each other in philosophy, options, location, size, etc. Prospective students should carefully select the type of program(s) and institution(s) to which they will apply.

Drexel University College of Medicine also partners with several post baccalaureate programs. Students in these post-baccalaureate, pre-medical programs are often career changers, or students who majored in a “non-science” field at the undergraduate level who wish to embark upon the study of medicine. Each post-baccalaureate program with whom we partner has a different philosophy and underlying principle. Prospective students should carefully select the institution to which they will apply.

Regardless of the type of linkage program and chosen institution, however, all students entering Drexel University College of Medicine from any of our linkage programs must meet the same entrance requirements, in part, as follows:

  • Without repeating a course, maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.45 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the BCPM courses (all biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses).
  • Receive no grades less than a "C" (a "C-" is less than a "C").
  • Receive in a single examination, minimum MCAT scores of "9" or better in each subsection or a total minimum score of 30 (with no individual sub-section score less than "7"), and a letter score of "M" or higher on the MCAT writing section.

Undergraduate Programs

Fast Track
Fast Track programs are designed to provide outstanding high school students, who are highly motivated toward the medical profession, the opportunity to complete all undergraduate and medical school courses in seven years (three years at the undergraduate level and four years at the medical school level).

Students are selected for the program during their senior year of high school. Candidates to a fast track program must have a combined SAT score of no less than 1360 and rank in the top ten percent of their high school class. The score of 1360 is in the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must complete four years of math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Students must receive a diploma from a United States high school in order to be eligible to apply. Maturity, stability, scholarship, flexibility, independence and service to others are personal characteristics sought among applicants. Interested applicants apply through the undergraduate institution(s). Following an interview at the College of Medicine, the medical school admissions committee makes all final recommendations for admission into the joint program.

Drexel University College of Medicine has fast track programs with the following institutions:

Scholar's Program
The integrated undergraduate/medical school/clinical campus programs were developed to attract broadly educated high school seniors who will enter general medicine in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and take their residences at a clinical campus. The cooperative effort was motivated by the need for generalist physicians to serve in rural and semi-rural areas.

Academic requirements are set high enough to predict success in medical school but not so high as to prevent the student from pursuing a broad liberal education in the undergraduate years. Students are selected for this program during the senior year of high school. Students must have a combined SAT score of 1270. The score of 1270 is in the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must also complete four years of math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Students must receive a diploma from a United States high school in order to be eligible to apply.

Students in the Scholar’s programs complete four years of undergraduate study and four years in medical school. Students complete an internship at the clinical campus during the seventh or eighth undergraduate semester. They must also return to that clinical campus during their third and fourth years of medical school.

Interested applicants apply through the undergraduate institution(s). Following an interview at the College of Medicine, the medical school admissions committee makes all final recommendations for admission into the joint program.

Drexel University College of Medicine has Scholar’s programs with the following institutions and medical centers:

Early Assurance Programs
Early Assurance Programs were designed to meet the needs of students dedicated to a career in medicine who desire to be relieved of the pressure associated with the traditional application process. The programs are available to both high school seniors as well as qualified students who have completed one or two years of undergraduate study.

Successful high school candidates must have a combined SAT score of 1300 and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. The score of 1300 is in the Critical Reading and Math sections fo the SAT. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must also complete four years of math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Students must receive a diploma from a United States high school in order to be eligible to apply.

Applicants who have already enrolled at the college/university must, at the time of application, have an overall GPA of 3.45 with no grade less than a “C.”

Interested applicants apply through the undergraduate institution(s). Following an interview at the College of Medicine, the medical school admissions committee makes all final recommendations for admission into the joint program.

Drexel University College of Medicine has Early Assurance programs with the following institutions:

Students admitted from high school
Rosemont College
  www.rosemont.edu

Ursinus College
  www.ursinus.edu/content.asp?page=Admissions/EarlyAssurance.htm&tab=Admissions

West Chester University
  www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas/med

Students admitted from the first undergraduate year
Allegheny College
www.allegheny.edu

Post Baccalaureate Programs

Linkage agreements with post baccalaureate programs were established to allow “non-traditional” students attending post-baccalaureate programs to be relieved of the pressure associated with the traditional application process after completion of the one or two year post-baccalaureate program.

Entrance requirements to the linkage program with the College of Medicine differ slightly for each institution, so it is best to review each school’s website or to talk to them directly.

Interested applicants apply through the post-baccalaureate institution. Following an interview at the College of Medicine, the medical school admissions committee makes all final recommendations for admission into the joint program.

Drexel University College of Medicine has Post Baccalaureate with the following institutions:

 
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