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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Pre-medical & Pre-health Programs

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About the Division

For decades, our pre-medical and pre-health programs have helped talented students develop strong, well-rounded academic portfolios, and become competitive candidates for health professional schools. Since launching our first program in 1981, we expanded our programming to respond to the diverse needs of applicants to the health professions. We now offer five distinct master’s level record-enhancer programs, one- and two-year options, and an evening certificate program for career changers. Our goal is to accommodate students with varying degrees of academic preparation, diverse backgrounds, and different career goals in the health professions.

The success of our programs is built on these cornerstones:

Rigorous Training

Our programs offer curricula designed to provide a strong academic foundation. Some of our programs include medical school equivalent courses, offered by faculty at DUCOM and equivalent in pace and rigor to those offered during the first year of our medical school program. All of our programs offer tutoring and other academic support services.

Experienced Advisors

Our faculty and staff have extensive experience with medical school admissions and provide our students with valuable guidance on selecting, applying to and interviewing at health professional schools.

Affiliation Agreements

Our students benefit from program-specific affiliation agreements with several schools, including Drexel’s MD program and other medical and health professional school programs.

Standardized Test Preparation

Some of our programs integrate extensive preparation for the MCAT or other standardized tests at no additional charge.

 
Explore our programs and see how we can help you achieve your goal of a career in the health professions.

1‐year MS Programs
Medical School Equivalent Coursework

Drexel Pathway to Medical School graduate students at orientation.

DREXEL PATHWAY TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

  • Early assurance program for students from populations underrepresented in health professions and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged background
  • Conditional acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine MD program upon meeting program benchmarks
  • Rigorous 11-month curriculum including medical school equivalent coursework taught by medical school faculty

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Drexel grad student looking at a slide in the laboratory.

INTENSIVE MEDICAL SCIENCES

  • For competitive applicants looking to strengthen their academic credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools
  • Rigorous 10-month curriculum with medical school equivalent coursework taught by medical school faculty
  • Complementary studies to promote professional development and support system for medical school application
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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2‐year MS Programs
Medical School Equivalent Coursework

Pink gloved hands with dropper, medical science graduate student at Drexel University College of Medicine.

MEDICAL SCIENCE

  • For competitive applicants looking to enhance their credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools
  • Graduate minors available in interdisciplinary studies
  • Medical school equivalent coursework and mentored research experience
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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Graduate students at Drexel University College of Medicine

BIOMEDICAL STUDIES

  • For applicants looking to enhance their undergraduate record and strengthen their academic skills
  • Blend of undergraduate and graduate coursework in year 1, medical school equivalent coursework in year 2
  • MCAT preparation by dedicated courses
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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2‐year MS Program
Flexible Curriculum

2-year UG Certificate Program
Career Changer Program

Graduate students in a Interdisciplinary Health Sciences lecture at Drexel University College of Medicine.

INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Full-time program for applicants interested in medical school or other allied health professions
  • Custom graduate curriculum designed to support students in selecting appropriate health care career and become more competitive applicants
  • Standardized exam prep (MCAT, DAT, etc.)
  • Intensive research experience

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Graduate students in the Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

EVENING POST-BACCALAUREATE PRE-MEDICAL

  • For career-changing applicants who have taken few or no science courses and wish to pursue a career in the health professions
  • Evening pre-medical program allowing students to keep full-time careers or other daytime responsibilities
  • On campus or hybrid

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Meet Our Students & Alumni
 

Josette Graves, Drexel MD Program Student, DPMS Alum

Meet Josette Graves, Drexel Pathway to Medical School, Class of 2021

"I am looking forward to connecting with my classmates and exploring the area! Given our small class size at the West Reading campus, our inaugural class will feel like family." Read more.

Alexa Ariazi, Drexel Evening Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

Meet Alexa Ariazi, Drexel Evening Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Class of 2020

"I knew I was going to need to work while completing the program, and Drexel’s PMED program is one of the few post-baccs that have evening classes, allowing you to work full time during the day [...] I was hoping to join a program where you could get to know the faculty and be in a smaller class size, which is the case with PMED." Read more.

Madeline Oleksiak, Evening Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Class of 2021

Meet Madeline Oleksiak, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Class of 2021

"The professors here are readily available and eager to help students learn. The small class sizes provide a very positive learning environment; even though our classes are primarily virtual, my classmates and I work well together and have had successful teamwork on our group labs." Read more.


 
Division News and Announcements
 

Congratulations 2021 Graduates

The Division of Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Programs congratulates our 2021 graduates.

The Division of Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Programs congratulates our 2021 graduates.

Platform Presentation at St. Chris Research Day

Dual Degree MD/MS program student Bhavya Kanuga was selected for a platform presentation at the 31st Annual Tower Health and St. Chris Research Day. He will be presenting his thesis research, “The Clinical Utility of the Thyroid Imaging and Reporting System (TI-RADS) in Risk Stratification of Pediatric Nodules Using Ultrasound,” during the Research Day Grand Rounds.

Class of 2021 Graduates Have an Impressive Record of Service

The College of Medicine’s Class of 2021 rose to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by serving the community. They graduate this week having provided over 15,000 hours of community service through curricular and non-curricular activities during their time at the College of Medicine. Read more.

Read more Division news and announcements.


Alumni Achievements
 

Erica Riddick, MS Biomedical Studies '20, MD '24

Erica Riddick, MS Biomedical Studies '20, MD '24, wrote about "Health Disparities During COVID-19" in the winter 2021 issue of Pulse. Read more (see page 3).

Aliah Molczan, Medical Science Preparatory Postbaccalaureate Certificate '14, a forensic accountant, joined the Matrimonial Litigation Department of Savran Benson LLP, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, as an associate. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Hollisa Rosa, MD; MS Interdisciplinary Health Sciences '14, is a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2019. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)


 
In The Media
 

Media Watch: Drexel Students 3-D Print a Helping Hand for Young Violinist
When 11-year-old Julian Caraballo performed in his elementary school’s spring concert this year, he saw a few new fans in the audience: three Drexel University graduate students. More...

Drexel graduate students create device to help young musician
A local boy is able to play the violin better than ever and it's all thanks to a couple of graduate students. More...

 
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Monika Jost, PhD - Director, Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs

Monika Jost, PhD
Director, Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs