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Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Career Changer Program in Premedical Basic Sciences

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The Penn State Post-Baccalaureate Career Changer Program in Premedical Basic Sciences is a non-degree program designed for a select group of academically talented, highly motivated college graduates who do not have a science background. In just 15-24 months, students can complete the science course work required to apply for admission to MEDICAL, DENTAL, OPTOMETRY, PODIATRY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, or NURSING school.
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Program Information

This program, which is only offered at the Penn State University Park campus, allows an individualized curriculum that 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 41 credits of prerequisite science courses in general biology, general and organic chemistry and physics, all including labs, and biochemistry. These courses can be completed in 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. 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. 

Application Deadlines

Fall enrollment: May 1, 2015

Program Contact

Kelli Hutchens, Advising Program Coordinator


814-865-7620 (main office phone number)

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