Pre-professional programs prepare students for graduate studies in medicine and allied health professions
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Your dedicated pre-med/health adviser, in addition to your regular faculty adviser, helps you be a competitive applicant to the graduate schools of your choice. At Drew pre-med is a goal, not a major. As a pre-med student you can pursue any major that appeals to you.
At Drew, you can choose from two paths to medical school. The first is a rigorous bachelor’s degree program preparing you to apply to any medical, dental, optometry or veterinary school you choose.
The second is a seven-year dual degree in medicine with the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Successful candidates spend three years of study at Drew and four years at NJMS, completing both B.A. and M.D. degrees.
Since course requirements vary among schools, your adviser will help you customize your program. Most schools require one year of biology with labs (we recommend at least three semesters), one year of physics with lab, two years of chemistry (including one year of organic, with lab) and one year of English. Some require math, biochemistry or psychology.
Medical schools prefer that applicants work with a university health professions committee, and we have one at Drew. This group of full-time faculty members provides support, interview practice and advice about careers and the application process. The committee also prepares formal letters of recommendation.
Drew also places students in off-campus experiences that help identify your passion within medicine, including an exceptional mentorship program in the busy emergency room at the nearby Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center.
There is no competition to become a pre-med student. Attend an information meeting open to all students, and you can join the student Pre-Med Society at any time during your university career. And of course you can contact the pre-med adviser at any time to arrange a personal meeting.
MED SCHOOL MADE EASY
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Nearly all Drew University pre-med students with sufficiently strong grades and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores have been accepted into medical school. The same is true of veterinary, dental and optometry school admissions.
Drew’s robust advising program provides support from the moment you set foot on campus, right through the medical school application process.
Pre-med students also have the rare opportunity to conduct research alongside top veteran scientists from industry, the only program of its kind in the nation, and pursue hands-on independent research during the ever-popular Drew Summer Science Institute.
High-achieving applicants have the opportunity to be accepted into medical school while still in high school.
The Drew Seven-Year Dual-Degree (B.A./M.D.) Program