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Pre-Medical Studies (B.S.)

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Mission

Pre-medical studies is an “umbrella major” providing academic and professional training to students planning to attend medical school as well as other graduate health care institutions. The major is distinguished by a series of unique upper-level science courses whose case history and problem-based learning approach mirrors that of first-year graduate students in the health care professions, and which are designed to develop students’ proficiency in interpreting complex scientific data. Students spend 100 hours developing their empathic, professional and clinical evaluation skills through two hands-on, off-campus preceptorship experiences performed with licensed health care practitioners. Our graduates are nationally competitive, as evidenced by their MCAT, GRE and DAT scores, and more than 90 percent of our students to date have gone on to various successful careers as physicians, dentists, physical therapists, veterinarians, pharmacists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the pre-medical studies program will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health care through hands-on training in HIPAA law, taking history and basic physical measurements and professional conduct with patients.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills with both lay people and professionals.
  • Recognize and use medical terminology.
  • Develop formal, analytical, synthetic and problem solving science skills.
  • Synthesize information from diverse sources to make decisions.
  • Recognize the social challenges faced in both national and global medical practice.
  • Comprehend and be able to explain a variety of commonly used clinical laboratory techniques.
  • Recognize and employ the professional empathy needed in an effective health care professional.
  • Demonstrate an optimal performance on national standardized graduate school exams (MCAT, GRE, DAT etc.).
  • Recognize the varied health care careers and their spheres of expertise.

Program Description

The future medical practitioner must be a capable scientist able to make independent judgments and data evaluations in order to treat the patient. It is the goal of the Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Studies to prepare students for these professions. Philadelphia University has a strong basis in health care stemming from a long-established physician assistant studies program and occupational therapy and midwifery programs. Combined with the University’s diversity of focus, including both science and liberal arts strengths, this results in a graduate who has the analytical, verbal, written and empathic skills necessary to become an effective health practitioner.

Faculty involved in the pre-med curriculum have been active in developing novel methods of instruction and assessment of student skills, which include the use of case-history analyses, discussion of social and ethical aspects of medicine and disease risk assessment through genetic monitoring. Students also develop their empathy and professional skills through two unique three-credit preceptorships during which they receive off-campus training and work hands-on with health care professionals, several of whom are Philadelphia University alumni. As well as receiving grades for these experiences, students learn firsthand what being in health care means. At Philadelphia University, we are aware that a successful student is one who is nurtured and advised during his/her formative, science-intensive, four-year mentoring. As they proceed through the curriculum, students’ progress is monitored by both an effective pre-med committee and by dedicated Pre-Med advisors, all of whom are previous health care graduates. In order to be successful candidates for any graduate school, students must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA, at least between their sophomore and senior years. Any student not maintaining a GPA commensurate with success in the major will be asked to transfer to another major by the pre-med committee, as this will be considered ineffective progress toward graduation. Philadelphia University pre-medical studies graduates have an excellent placement record in medical, osteopathic, dental and veterinary schools including University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Maryland, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program has developed a scholarship program for pre-medical students to attend a MCAT (Medical School Admission Exam) Preparation Program and has developed affiliation agreements with medical and other professional schools.

Preparation for other national examinations including Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and Dentistry Admissions Test (DAT) is not currently available on our campus but can be taken through Kaplan’s Center City and other convenient locations.

The major has several articulation/ affiliation agreements described below. All accelerated agreements i.e. 3+4 require students to follow a modified Pre-Medical Studies curriculum at our Institution and transfer in specific freshman doctoral level courses to obtain their B.S. degree.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreement with Kornberg School of Dentistry (3+4)

Students enrolled in the pre-medical studies major will be required to follow a special curriculum, maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and take the DAT in the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Acceptance to Kornberg will then be commensurate on a successful interview with Kornberg and the student obtaining the same mean DAT score as the incoming class for the fall of the following year. A successful student would then transfer to Kornberg at the end of his/her junior year. Credits for the final senior year and the undergraduate B.S. in Pre-Medical Studies will then be provided by select courses taken by the students during the freshman doctor of dental medicine (DDM) graduate school program at Kornberg.

Articulation Agreement with Logan University (3+3)

Students enrolled in the pre-medical studies major will be required to follow a special curriculum and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, but do not need to take graduate assessment tests. Acceptance to Logan will then be commensurate on a successful interview and recommendation letters by pre-medical studies faculty. A successful student would then transfer to Logan at the end of his/her junior year. Credits for the final senior year and the undergraduate B.S. in Pre-Medical Studies will then be provided by select courses taken by the students during the freshman graduate school doctor of chiropractic (DC) program at Logan.

Articulation Agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (3+3 and 3+4)

Several early acceptance program (EAP) agreements exist with LECOM for their D.O. (3+3 and 3+4), D. Pharm. (3+3 and 3+4) and D.D.S. (4+4 program). These programs are recruited by LECOM directly from either high school or their freshman year in the program. Inquiries for student acceptance are made through the LECOM portal at lecom.edu/admissions/entrance-requirements/early-acceptance-programs/. To be considered students need a strong high school GPA, SAT and/ or ACT score and must have an acceptable interview at LECOM itself. Students following a D.O. or D. Pharm. curriculum will not be required to take the national examinations (MCAT and PCAT, respectively) to qualify for admission. Those wishing to enroll in the dental school are still required to take the DAT between junior and senior year. All students must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA for the 4+4 track or a 3.6 GPA for 3+4 tracks. Application for LECOM is then made directly to the school and not through AACOMAS, ADEA etc.  Students also require a formal, positive letter of recommendation from the Program Director Dr. Diana R. Cundell.

Affiliation Agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Students enrolled in the pre-medical studies major will be required to maintain at least a 3.2 GPA during the program. They would then sit for the medical college assessment test (MCAT) and include PCOM on their list to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) in the summer between their junior and senior years. Acceptance to PCOM will then be commensurate on a score of at least 8 on each section of the MCAT (total of 24), a successful interview and favorable recommendation letters by pre-medical studies faculty. Upon graduation from Philadelphia University the student would then enter the doctorate of osteopathic medicine (DO) program at PCOM in the following fall.

Affiliation agreement with St. George’s University Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) programs

Students enrolled in the Pre-Medical Studies Major would be required to maintain at least a 3.4 GPA to be competitive applicants to either program. They also need to take the MCAT, between the summer of their junior and senior year and receive a >50th percentile score (500 on the new MCAT).

Articulation agreement with Thomas Jefferson University Doctorate of Pharmacy Program (3+4)

Students enrolled in the Pre-Medical Studies Major would be required to maintain at least a 3.4 GPA during the program and would apply to the School of Pharmacy during the fall semester of their junior year having taken the PCAT the previous summer. Scores on the PCAT should be at least 50th percentile with those in the 70th percentile deemed competitive. Upon a successful interview with faculty from the School of Pharmacy and favorable recommendation letters from Pre-Medical studies faculty, the student would be granted entrance into the Doctorate of Pharmacy Program. This would occur in the fall after their junior year.

Articulation Agreement with University of the Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (3+4)

Students enrolled in the Pre-Medical Studies Major would be required to maintain at least a 3.4 GPA during the program and would apply to the School of Physical Therapy at University of the Sciences in the fall semester of their junior year. Acceptance to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program would be commensurate on a successful interview and favorable recommendation letters from Pre-Medical Studies faculty. There is no external national examination testing required for these students.