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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.

The health care environment is undergoing a transformation in the United States and pre-med students need to be prepared. Our department proactively updates its curriculum and provides tailored recommendations to best serve students with aspirations to matriculate to medical school. Drexel’s acceptance rate for students entering medical school is above the national average at approximately 60%. We have seen many of our students go on to have successful careers in medicine.

Which Path is Right for You?

There are several paths to medical school for qualified students. Your academic adviser, as well as the pre-health adviser in the Steinbright Career Development Center, can help you choose a major and a path.

Learn more about pre-health advising at Drexel
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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
  • Service and volunteer hours in various medical and community settings

Accelerated BA/BS + MD Program

The Accelerated BA/BS + MD 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. BA/BS + 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.

Admission Requirements:

  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of graduating class
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale
  • Combined SAT of at least 1360 or ACT score of 31

Undergraduate Requirements:

  • 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.

Undergraduate Requirements:

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

DrEAMS Program: Doctor Early Admission to Medical School

The College of Arts and Sciences' DrEAMS program is an invitation-only preparatory program for students wishing to apply to the Drexel College of Medicine's (DUCOM) Early Assurance program. Eligible students will have completed their freshman year in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences; will have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.5; willbe enrolled in a four-year co-op or non co-op program; and will have taken at least four Drexel pre-med (or equivalent level) science classes. If invited to apply to DrEAMS, students must submit a short essay and a reference from a professor and/or lab instructor. Students must also be willing to commit to health care volunteerism and community service and apply to DUCOM's Early Assurance program.

DrEAMS' students have access to a pre-med speaker series, an on-campus reduced rate MCAT course, small group workshops on interviewing for medical school, and individual interview coaching.

For more information, please contact CoAS Assistant Dean Jennifer Rubin at or 215.895.1805.