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Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program (BS/MD)

Admissions Requirements

Students in the Premedical-Medical Program studying together.

The Penn State-Jefferson Premedical-Medical (PMM) is an accelerated BS/MD program where admitted undergraduates study at Penn State followed by admission to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Students complete the seven-year program, three years (no required summers) at Penn State, followed by four years at the medical school. 

The Penn State B.S. degree is awarded after the first year of medical school and the Thomas Jefferson M.D. degree is awarded after year four of medical school. More than 1,000 students have earned their B.S./M.D. degrees through this cooperative PMM program.  Dr. Ronald A. Markle is the PMM program director at Penn State.

(This program does not replace the Premedicine major at Penn State. Students in that program generally complete four years of study at the University and earn a bachelor’s degree before starting medical school.)


Students entering the cooperative PMM program participate in a rigorous academic curriculum. Applicants with the following credentials will be considered for the initial review process for admission to the accelerated Premedical-Medical program:

Secondary school units must include four units of English, two units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, one-half unit of trigonometry, three units of science, and three units from social studies, humanities, and/or the arts. Students who already have graduated from high school are not eligible for this program. Complete application information must be received by Penn State no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year.

Admission decisions are made by the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Penn State–Jefferson Joint Admissions Committee. Decisions are made during a three-part review process. First, applicants must meet the criteria listed previously for inclusion in the initial application review. After the initial application review, a limited number of top candidates are selected to continue in the process. These finalists will be invited for an interview at SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University in January with admission offers extended in early February. Accepted applicants are given an opportunity to spend a day at Penn State in April with current students in the program. About twenty-five students enter the program each year. There is no waiting list for this program nor can students transfer into the program.

All students begin their studies at University Park campus during the fall semester.

Students interested in this program should apply by completing the Penn State admission application available through any of the three application methods used by Penn State:  through the Common App (; through the Coalition application (; or through MyPennState (  Applications will be available starting August 1. Applications for this special program must be received online with complete credentials by the Undergraduate Admissions Office no later than November 1 of the applicant’s senior year. Applications received after this date, or applications that are incomplete after this date, cannot be considered for this special program. Complete credentials to support the application are:

  • Schedule of senior courses.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores (optional for 2022 and 2023).
  • A one-page résumé listing the applicant’s most meaningful accomplishments and extracurricular activities during the high school years.
  • One letter of evaluation from the applicant’s high school counselor or high school teacher (typed on the school's letterhead with the writer's signature).
  • Required application fee.
  • Required responses to questions from SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University. These questions are available through Penn State’s online application.
  • Complete the Self Reported Academic Record.

Students may upload their resume within Common App. Counselors may also upload recommendation letters for their students within Common App. The required resume and letter of recommendation can also be mailed, emailed or faxed to Penn State Undergraduate Admissions, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294, or 814/863-7590.