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Accelerated, Early Assurance and Post Baccalaureate Linkage Programs

Drexel University College of Medicine has severage Accelerated and Early Assurance Linkage programs available.

Linkage Programs

Drexel University College of Medicine has linkage agreements with several undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. For undergraduate students, we have fast track (BS or BA/MD), Scholar's and Early Assurance programs. Each program type has a different set of admission requirements and overall philosophy, so each is geared for a different type of student. Undergraduate institutions with whom we partner for these programs also differ from each other in philosophy, options, location, size and so on. Prospective students should carefully select the type of program and institution to which they will apply.

Drexel University College of Medicine also partners with several post-baccalaureate programs. Students in these post-baccalaureate, premedical programs are often career changers or students who majored in a non-science field at the undergraduate level who wish to embark upon the study of medicine.

General Application Requirements

Please see each linkage program type for requirements specific to that program. All programs require the following:

  • Applicants to linkage programs apply through that school, not directly to the College of Medicine. We receive completed applications from the linkage schools.
  • A non-refundable fee of $150 is required of linkage program applicants by the College of Medicine. If a linkage program applicant applies to the College of Medicine through more than one program, the applicant pays the $150 fee only once. The College of Medicine will email linkage applicants about the fee after the application is received from the linkage school.
  • Regardless of program type or linkage school, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Students must have a diploma from a U.S. high school.
  • If selected for an interview by the College of Medicine, an on-campus interview is conducted at the medical school. The College of Medicine will email the invitation for an interview to each applicant selected. The medical school Admission Committee makes all final recommendations for admission to the joint program.

General Matriculation Requirements

Regardless of the type of linkage program and institution chosen, all students entering Drexel University College of Medicine from any of our linkage programs must meet the same entrance requirements, in part, as follows:

  • Without repeating a course, maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.5 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in the prerequisite sciences (no rounding).
  • Receive no grade less than a "C" (a "C-" is less than a "C").
  • Receive in a single examination, a minimum total MCAT score of 506. Individual subset scores must be a minimum of 127 in the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, and the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems sections. A minimum subset score of 125 is required on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. Drexel University College of Medicine reserves the right to revise the MCAT score requirements.
  • Linkage students may only apply to Drexel University College of Medicine. If students wish to apply to other medical schools, they must relinquish their spot at Drexel.

 
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Undergraduate Programs

 
Fast Track Programs

Fast track programs are designed to provide outstanding high school students who are highly motivated toward the medical profession the opportunity to complete all undergraduate and medical school courses in seven years (three years at the undergraduate level and four years at the medical school level).

Students are selected for the program during their senior year of high school. Candidates for a fast track program must have a combined SAT score of no less than 1360 or an ACT score of no less than 31, and rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The SAT score of 1360 is in the critical reading and math sections of the exam. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must complete four years of high school math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Maturity, stability, scholarship, flexibility, independence and service to others are personal characteristics sought among applicants.

Drexel University College of Medicine has fast track programs with the following institutions:

 
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Drexel University Biomedical Engineering BS/MD Program

In addition to the fast track program described above, the College of Medicine also partners with Drexel's Biomedical Engineering program in a 4 + 4 program. This program, whose entry requirements are the same as the fast track (3 + 4) programs, allows biomedical engineering students an opportunity to complete a four-year undergraduate curriculum with one co-op experience, and then, as long as all matriculation requirements are met, provides entrance to the College of Medicine.

For more information, go to Drexel's Biomedical Engineering program website.

 
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Scholar's Programs

The integrated undergraduate/medical school/clinical campus programs were developed to attract broadly educated students who will enter general medicine in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The cooperative effort was motivated by the need for generalist physicians to serve in rural and semi-rural areas. Academic requirements are set high enough to predict success in medical school but not so high as to prevent the student from pursuing a broad liberal education in the undergraduate years. We have two types of scholar's programs: one that allows students to enter the program directly from high school and another that allows students to apply for the linkage program after completing at least one semester of undergraduate coursework at the linkage school.

Students accepted to the scholar's programs complete four years of undergraduate study and four years in medical school. Students complete an internship at the clinical campus during the seventh or eighth undergraduate semester and must return to that clinical campus during their third and fourth years of medical school.

Students applying as high school seniors must have a combined SAT score of 1270 or at least a score of 28 on the ACT. The SAT score of 1270 is in the critical reading and math sections of the exam. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must also complete four years of high school math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics).

Applicants who have already enrolled at one of our scholar's program schools and wish to apply to link with the College of Medicine must, at the time of application, have an overall GPA of 3.5 with no grade less than a "C" in their undergraduate coursework. Please check with each college for specific requirements.

Drexel University College of Medicine has scholar's programs with the following institutions and medical centers:

For students applying as high school seniors:

For students applying after at least one semester of college:

 
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Early assurance programs were designed to meet the needs of students dedicated to a career in medicine who desire to be relieved of the pressure associated with the traditional application process.

 
Early Assurance Programs

Early assurance programs were designed to meet the needs of students dedicated to a career in medicine who desire to be relieved of the pressure associated with the traditional application process. The programs are available to both high school seniors as well as qualified students who have completed one or two years of undergraduate study at our linkage schools.

Students applying as high school seniors must have a combined SAT score of 1300 or an ACT score of at least 29, and rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The SAT score of 1300 is in the critical reading and math sections of the exam. We will be reviewing the writing scores, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must also complete four years of high school math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics).

Applicants who have already enrolled at one of our early assurance linkage schools and wish to apply to link with the College of Medicine must, at the time of application, have an overall GPA of 3.5 with no grade less than a "C" in their undergraduate coursework. Please check with each college for specific requirements.

Drexel University College of Medicine has early assurance programs with the following institutions:

For students admitted from high school:

For students admitted after the first undergraduate year:

For students admitted during their junior year:

 
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Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Entrance requirements to the post-baccalaureate programs that link with Drexel University College of Medicine differ slightly for each institution, so it is best to review each school's website or to talk to them directly. Interested applicants have generally completed at least one semester of post-baccalaureate work and apply through the linkage program college/university.

Drexel University College of Medicine has post-baccalaureate programs with the following institutions:

 
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