The Penn State-Jefferson Accelerated 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. Melissa Krajcovic 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:
- Students applying for admission to the PMM program have the option of having their SAT/ACT scores included in their evaluation for admission through Fall 2023. Previously accepted students had an average SAT of 1570 (Math plus Evidence Based Reading and Writing), or a composite score of 36 on the ACT. The range of SAT scores for students invited for an interview this past cycle were 1510-1600. All qualifying scores must be earned from a single test date. Scores must arrive at Penn State by the October 10th deadline. Penn State no longer requires a writing score from the SAT or ACT.
- A strong GPA and evidence of participation in rigorous high school classwork, possibly including honors, AP or IB classes.
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 October 10th 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 mid 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 the accelerated premedical medical program should apply by completing the Penn State admission application available through any of the application methods used by Penn State: through the Common App (commonapp.org) or through MyPennState (admissons.psu.edu). 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 October 10, 2023 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.
Credentials required for a complete application:
- Choose Rolling Admission on application
- Name of the major on the application: Accelerated Premedical Medical
- Official SAT or ACT test scores (optional for 2023)*
- A one-page résumé listing the applicant’s most meaningful accomplishments and extracurricular activities during the high school years
- Required application fee
- Required responses to questions from SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University. These questions are available through the online applications and will be accessible once the Accelerated Premedical Medical Major is selected.
- Completed Self Reported Academic Record (SRAR) (may take up to 48 hours to receive after application is submitted)
- For the fall 2023 admissions cycle, letters of recommendation will not be used in the review of your application.
*Important notes about the deadline:
- Deadline is subject to change each year. Please check to make sure you have the current deadline.
- MyPennState Application closes at 11:59PM EST, OCTOBER 10, 2023
- Common App closes at 11:59PM in your local time zone, OCTOBER 10, 2023
- By waiting until the deadline to complete your application, your SRAR will not be received on time. Please aim to complete your MyPennState App or Common App a week early to allow for your SRAR to be received before the deadline.
- Applicant must decide whether to apply with SAT/ACT score or "test-optional", which indicates no score will be submitted, before the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, applicants will not be considered for the program if they opted to use their scores, but their scores have not been received by Penn State Admissions.
Students may upload their resume within Common App, it can also be mailed, emailed or faxed to Penn State Undergraduate Admissions, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294, firstname.lastname@example.org or 814/863-7590.