Pre-Medical Colleges in Pennsylvania


A pre-medical program is an academic track that four-year institutions offer to students interested in going to medical school. Such programs chiefly contain coursework in science subjects. This prepare students for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is the standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States. The state of Pennsylvania has its share of colleges that offer pre-med programs.

Bryn Mawr College

  • Bryn Mawr College is a small liberal arts college named after its location in the Lower Merion Township. Bryn Mawr established its pre-med program in 1972. With a choice to start enrollment in the summer or fall semester, the postbaccalaureate program is designed to last a year, and is for students who have graduated with an undergraduate degree. The courses that comprise it are general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry. According to the program's website, over 98 percent of its graduates are accepted to medical school.

    Bryn Mawr College
    101 North Merion Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Penn State University

  • Penn State University, one of Pennsylvania's most popular four-year institutions, has an undergraduate major in premedicine. Students are required to take at least 126 credits, a third of which are coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Upon completion, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Premedicine. The major is offered at Penn State's Eberly College of Science.

    Penn State University Undergraduate Admissions
    201 Shields Building
    University Park, PA 16802

Duquesne University

  • At Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, the pre-med track functions more as a supplement to students' majors, rather than a standalone program. Called the Pre-Medical Professions Program, Duquesne's goal for aspiring medical students is to prepare them for a vast range of specialties in the medical field, which includes dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic and veterinary medicine. Students interested in the university's pre-med track would need to take courses like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, behavioral sciences and mathematics in addition to the coursework of their majors.

    Duquesne University
    600 Forbes Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282

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