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Drexel Pathway to Medical School Curriculum

The Drexel Pathway to Medical School is a one-year master's degree program. The program provides students who have taken pre-med classes the opportunity to further enhance their academic background in preparation for medical school studies.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program will achieve eight program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Demonstrate medical sciences knowledge and competencies comparable to Drexel's first-year medical school curriculum.
  • Develop leadership skills that will enhance future training in the health professions.
  • Develop and enhance team-based skills for effective group work that establishes the foundation for future effective team-based care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge base and skill set compatible with success in health professional programs and careers.
  • Develop the ability to be creative, critical, and analytical thinkers.
  • Develop competencies with statistics, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Develop the ability to critically read and analyze scientific literature and understand its impact on medicine and society.
  • Enhance presentation skills to effectively convey information to future colleagues, patients and audiences.
  • Enhance time management skills and develop skills to balance multiple rigorous academic courses and expectations resulting in positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
  • Build the foundations of a professional network.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, ethical and technical competencies required in the broad areas of observation, motor function, behavioral and social skills as exemplified by effective medical practitioners.
  • Satisfy specified academic, professional and MCAT criteria to confirm enrollment in the College of Medicine's MD class in the year following the DPMS program.

Course Listing

Drexel Pathway to Medical School students take the following courses. For more detail, please refer to the catalog. DPMS students who meet the GPA and MCAT score requirements matriculate into the medical school.

Summer Enrichment Program (pre-fall)

  • Medical Science Preparation
  • Critical Thinking and Scientific Communication Seminar
  • Accelerated Introductory Medical Biostatistics
  • Medical Terminology

Fall Semester

  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Physiology I
  • Medical Microanatomy I


  • Concepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning I
  • Medical Immunology I
  • Neurobiology of Mental Illness

Spring Semester

  • Medical Professionalism and Leadership
  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Medical Physiology II


  • Concepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning II
  • Medical Immunology II
  • Functional Neuroanatomy

Total number of credits:


Medical student reviewing x-ray images at a hospital.

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