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Which Pre-medical / Pre-health Program Is for Me?

You offer so many post-baccalaureate programs. How can I figure out which one is right for me?

Yes, we offer six different programs because we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all. Each student comes from a different educational, cultural, and personal background, which influences their academic readiness for medical or other health professional schools. We designed several programs to accommodate the diverse needs of many students. If you are a career changer, consider our evening post-baccalaureate program, offered on campus, or as a hybrid. If you need to enhance your academic record, choose from our five enhancer programs offering MS degrees. This comparison table provides a quick overview of the main features. Please note that these are only general guidelines since we review all applicants holistically. This means that, in addition to academic metrics, we will consider your background, experience, and interests.

I am still not quite sure which program I should apply to. How can I get more information?

You can find plenty of information on our program webpages, from student testimonials, and in our monthly virtual information sessions. However, we are here to help and encourage you to reach out to us directly via email (CoM_MedicalSciences@drexel.edu) or phone (267.359.2761). When you call, please be prepared to provide information about your CUM and BCPM GPA, test scores (if applicable), and CV, or Résumé. In addition to personalized guidance, the counselors can also put you in touch with a current student or alumni.

What are your application deadlines?

Applications for the 2024/25 academic year will open in October 2023. It depends on the program. For the DPMS program, all material (including test scores) needed to be submitted by April 12, 2024; for all other programs, the application deadline is August 1, 2024.

How long does it take to hear from you after I submit my application?

That depends on the program. Applications to the DPMS program are reviewed by the MD program Admissions Committee using a rigorous selection process that includes an in-person interview of select applicants (see here for their timeline). All other applications are reviewed by our Divisional Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. The typical turnaround for receiving feedback is about four weeks or less.

How much will it cost me to attend your programs?

Our MS programs charge a semester-based tuition rate for full-time students and are eligible for federal financial aid. For program-specific tuition rates and fees for our MS programs, please visit the "Tuition and Fees" page for the College of Medicine at Drexel Central. Our career-changer PMED program charges a per-credit rate; please visit the "Tuition and Fees" page for the College of Medicine at Drexel Central. You will find the per-credit tuition and fees for the PMED program under "Part-time Tuition and Fee Rates."

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Master of Science Programs
Federal financial aid eligible

Certificate Program
Not federal financial aid eligible

Program

Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS)

Intensive Medical Sciences (IMS)

Medical Science (MMS)

Biomedical Studies (MBS)

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS)

Evening Post-baccalaureate Premedical (PMED)

Length

1 year

1 year

2 years

2 years

2 years

17 months

About

EARLY ASSURANCE program with Drexel MD program

RECORD ENHANCING program with GUARANTEED INTERVIEW options

RECORD ENHANCING program with GUARANTEED INTERVIEW options

RECORD ENHANCING program with GUARANTEED INTERVIEW options

RECORD ENHANCING program with GUARANTEED INTERVIEW options

CAREER CHANGER program

Type of Applicant

Applicants personally impacted by healthcare disparities, socioeconomic or educational barriers

Competitive applicants looking to strengthen their academic credentials

Competitive applicants looking to enhance academic and research credentials

Applicants looking to strengthen UG math/science GPA, MCAT and academic skills

Applicants interested in medical and other allied health professions looking to strengthen academic credentials and skills

Students who have taken few or no science courses

Curriculum

Foundational graduate coursework

   

Foundational graduate and undergraduate coursework

Tailored graduate curriculum

Undergraduate health professions prerequisite science courses

 

Medical school equivalent coursework

Medical school equivalent coursework

Medical school equivalent coursework

Medical school equivalent coursework

(optional) Medical school equivalent coursework

 
     

1-year intensive research

 

Research experience

 

Test Prep

MCAT prep if needed

   

MCAT prep

MCAT, DAT, or other standardized test prep

Standardized test prep

Location

On campus

On campus

On campus

On campus

On campus, hybrid option

On campus or hybrid** with on-campus labs

Linkages & Affiliations

Provisional acceptance to DUCOM tied to specific program GPA and MCAT metrics

Guaranteed interview upon meeting specific GPA and MCAT metrics
(DUCOM and other affiliates*)

Guaranteed interview upon meeting specific GPA and MCAT metrics
(DUCOM and other affiliates*)

Guaranteed interview upon meeting specific GPA and MCAT metrics
(DUCOM and other affiliates*)

Guaranteed interview upon meeting specific GPA and MCAT or other standardized test metrics
(DUCOM and other affiliates*)

Potential interview upon meeting program GPA and MCAT metrics
(DUCOM, PCOM)

Application Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

 

Premedical prerequisites completed

Premedical prerequisites completed

Premedical prerequisites completed

Premedical prerequisites completed

Premedical prerequisites completed

No/few premed prerequisites

 

GPA typically ≥ 2.9

GPA ≥ 3.2

GPA ≥ 3.0

GPA ≥ 2.9

GPA ≥ 2.5

GPA ≥ 3.0

 

MCAT typically
≥ 25th percentile

MCAT ≥ 70th percentile

MCAT ≥ 50th percentile

MCAT ≥ 35th percentile or
GRE ≥ 50th percentile

MCAT ≥ 20th percentile or
GRE ≥ 50th percentile

Other metrics considered

 

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All Applicants are reviewed holistically.
*Subject to change, **Schools that accept hybrid coursework subject to change, ***Optometry & Audiology

 
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