Postbaccalaureate Undergraduate Career Changer Program in Premedical Basic Sciences
This program, which is only offered at the Penn State University Park campus, is flexible in terms of scheduling courses, and students that need to work may enroll as part-time students. An individualized curriculum can be designed to encompass the courses needed to prepare for specific health professions programs (see check sheet included with the application).
Penn State has a long-standing tradition of cooperative arrangements with some of the best medical and dental schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. We rank among the top twenty schools in the country in the number of students admitted to medical schools annually. The courses you take at Penn State provide excellent preparation for the health care professions.
The program consists of 38 credits of prerequisite science courses in general biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics, all including labs. These courses can be completed in four to five semesters, or two to three semesters plus two summer sessions. Also available are courses in medical ethics, medical terminology, anatomy, and health policy/administration; upper-level courses in biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, neuroscience, and immunology, and seminar classes in Medical Professions and Basic Science and Disease. Course requirements vary according to your pre-professional goal (see chart). These are all regularly offered undergraduate courses taught by Penn State instructors and faculty members. Student may also receive assistance with Interview Skills and Personal Statement writing.
Summer enrollment April 1
Fall enrollment June 1
Kelli Hutchens, Advising Program Coordinator
814-865-7620 (main office phone number)