Pre-med education at the University is based on the belief that sound preparation in science and mathematics, supported by liberal arts courses in the humanities and social sciences, is the best foundation for success in medical or other professional schools.
Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, humanities and science, and psychology, students can prepare themselves for admission to medical school, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree that will serve them well if they decide to alter their career plans. These degree programs have served as a firm foundation for many of our graduates to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, and optometry.
A program of individualized counseling helps students prepare for admission to medical and other professional schools. The pre-professional advisor counsels students so that courses required for admission are taken; assists students in the selection of courses to meet their personal interests, abilities, and career objectives; and helps with the various application procedures for medical school and other professional schools.
The basic requirements for admission to medical school include:
- General biology – 2 semesters with laboratory
- General chemistry – 2 semesters with laboratory
- Organic chemistry – 2 semesters with laboratory
- General physics – 2 semesters with laboratory
- Mathematics – 2 semesters
- English – 2 semesters
These courses are generally taken within the first two years. Pre-med students then have the flexibility to select coursework in their remaining years that meets their individual goals.
In addition, the University has a special agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine that guarantees 10 seats each year for qualified students from USP. These students, in consultation with the USP/PCOM Admission Committee, make application to enter PCOM after their third year. Students in this program complete three years at USP and four years at PCOM earning both BS in biochemistry or biology and DO degrees.
Additional information regarding the pre-professional curricula is available by contacting:
Suzanne K. Murphy, PhD
Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Pre-Health Professions Programs