For the 2020-2021 application cycle only, given the cancellation of MCAT examinations, applicants to the DPMS program may be considered for admission without an MCAT score. Students accepted into the program, who submit an MCAT score sufficient for matriculation into the medical school (see FAQs under "What are the requirements to matriculate...") before the program begins, may follow a curriculum that does not include an MCAT preparation course, if approved to do so by the medical school's admissions committee. The new MCAT score must be submitted prior to the start of the program. Those who cannot submit an MCAT score with their application will follow an alternative curriculum, which includes an MCAT preparation course. Those students will be required to take the MCAT at a later date, during the program, and meet the requirement to matriculate, as expected by the medical school.
The Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) program is a master of science degree designed for talented, underserved students who have interest in attending Drexel's MD program and have completed traditional pre-med coursework as well as the MCAT prior to applying. DPMS accepts individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or belong to groups underrepresented in the medical profession.
Students who successfully complete the one-year DPMS program, including achievement of academic and professional benchmarks, are accepted into Drexel's MD program.
Conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, this one-year program offers a unique opportunity for dedicated students to further enhance their academic backgrounds by completing rigorous coursework that builds skills for clinical problem-solving.
The DPMS program furthers Drexel University College of Medicine's commitment to diversity.
Meet Our Students & Alums
Meet Drexel Pathway to Medical School Alumns The Drs. Ramirez
Life revolves around family for Rene Felix Perez Ramirez Jr. and Veronica Araujo Ramirez, both MDs, Class of 2009 — whether it's their three children, their extended families near Fresno or their Drexel College of Medicine family. Since they began medical school as newlyweds, their own family formed hand in hand with their medical training. Children were then part of their residency experiences. Their oldest son seems to be following in his parents' footsteps, even though he's only in elementary school.
Read more about the Drs. Ramirez. (Alumni Magazine Summer 2018)
Meet Drexel Pathway to Medical School Alumna Bettie Yeboah
"The [Drexel Pathway to Medical School] faculty were amazing. I found I could go to a professor's office whenever I needed support. The professors here really care about you and want to see you succeed. They really want to see us—people of color, women, other minorities—become doctors, and they will go to great lengths to help."
Read Bettie's Story.
Is Drexel Pathway to Medical School for Me?
The Drexel Pathway to Medical School program is designed for students who want to attend Drexel's MD program and have taken traditional pre-med coursework (one year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics with a lab) and the MCAT before applying.
Applicants who are usually accepted into the program include:
- Students from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds
- Students who are underrepresented minorities in the health professions
- Students who have MCAT scores from the 25th percentile or better in each section or overall
- Students who have an undergraduate science or overall GPA of 2.9 or better.
For specific admission requirements please visit our how to apply to the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program page.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at CoM_MedicalSciences@drexel.edu or 215.762.4692.
At the start of the academic year, the class of 2023 came together to celebrate their initiation to medical school during the White Coat Ceremony. Among them stood 27 students who are alumni of the DPMS program. This was the largest group from the program so far to be accepted into the College of Medicine's MD program. Read more.
Message from the Program Director
I wanted to let you know about our Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) program. But first, a little about Drexel and the College of Medicine. Nearly 130 years ago, A.J. Drexel decided a practically focused, technology-promoting, innovative institution was needed, and he founded one: Drexel. Read more.
Message From Dean Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that Dr. Ana Núñez will serve as interim director of Drexel's Pathway to Medical School program. Dr. Núñez has been worked with our DPMS students for many years, and has been a champion of our student's achievements. She is committed to helping ensure our students achieve success. We welcome Dr. Núñez's guidance and leadership.
Ana E. Núñez, MD is a professor of medicine, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, and the director of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and Women's Health Education Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Nunez.