Early Assurance Program with Drexel University College of Medicine
The Early Assurance program was established for outstanding Drexel undergraduate students who are firmly committed to a career in medicine and who are interested in attending the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). Students in a four-year program must apply in the fall of their third year. Students in a five-year program must apply in the fall of their fourth year. A grade point average of 3.5 with at least six science courses completed is necessary to be considered. All science courses must be completed at Drexel. The only exceptions are courses earned through AP scores or college credit earned while enrolled in high school. Currently, the Early Assurance program is not open to transfer students.
The deadline has passed for applications for the Early Assurance program for students who wish to matriculate at DUCOM in August 2018. More information about the Early Assurance program for matriculation at DUCOM in 2019 will be available in the summer of 2017.
Email Mary Beth Davis, the Drexel pre-health advisor, for more information about the Early Assurance program.
The first step is to complete the application for the University Recommendation. This application will be reviewed by the University Health Professions Committee (composed of the pre-health advisor and undergraduate faculty). If you are approved, you will be sent information on other requirements and the DUCOM application.
Email Mary Beth Davis, the Drexel pre-health advisor, to receive the Application for the University Recommendation for the 2018 Early Assurance Program.
- Students apply in fall of junior year
- Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- Non-science majors must have at least six science courses completed and have taken at least two science courses in one single term
In addition to academic ability, the Health Professions Committee looks for the following qualities in candidates:
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to articulate career and personal goals
- Knowledge and awareness of the challenges of medical school, physician practice in the era of managed care, overall trends in U.S. health care and restrictions on lifestyle choices
- Sustained clinical volunteer and community service experience during college
The MCAT results are not required at the time of application. Students should be prepared to take the MCAT in the spring or summer of their junior year.
NOTE: The College of Medicine holds applicants to special programs to a higher standard than the regular applicant pool. If you have a grade of "C" or lower in any course or a withdrawal from any course, it is highly unlikely that you will be chosen for an interview.
Early Assurance Program Statistics