Paths to Medical School

Many College of Arts and Sciences students are interested in pursuing medical school. While most of these students major in Biological Sciences, others choose Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, or one of the many other majors offered by the College. Your CoAS academic advisor, as well as the pre-med advisor in the Steinbright Career Development Center, can help you choose a major and a path!

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Which Path is Right for You?

Traditional Path

In the traditional path, students apply to medical schools around the country in the spring of their junior year.

  • All pre-med required courses
  • MCATs
  • Volunteer hours in various medical and community settings

Accelerated BS/BA/MD Program

The accelerated BS/BA/MD program is for academically qualified students interested in attending Drexel's College of Medicine. Students must apply to the program as high school seniors when they apply for admission to Drexel. BS/BA/MD students attend Drexel for three years and then go immediately to Drexel's College of Medicine. The bachelor’s degree is conferred after the first year of medical school.

  • Must maintain a 3.5 GPA without repeating a course and with no grade less than a C.
  • Must meet required MCAT scores to retain seat in the program

Early Assurance Program

Current Drexel students interested in attending Drexel's College of Medicine can apply to Drexel's Early Assurance Program in the fall of their third year (for four-year programs) or the fall of their fourth year (for five-year programs). This allows students to learn one year early whether they are admitted into Drexel's College of Medicine.


  • Must maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • Must meet minimum required MCAT scores

DrEAMS Program

Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher after their freshman year at Drexel and who have taken at least four pre-med level science courses, may be invited into the College of Arts and Science’s DrEAMS program. This is an invite-only preparatory program for students interested in Drexel’s Early Assurance Program listed above. It includes access to a pre-med related speaker series, an on-campus reduced rate MCAT course, small group workshops on interviewing for medical school, and individual interview coaching.