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Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions

As an aspiring health professional, your baccalaureate studies should prepare you for today’s tests and tomorrow’s challenges.

The University of Scranton’s Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Programs have a long tradition of preparing graduates to excel on the next level, most notably medical school.

During the past 13 years, of our 522 senior applicants to health professions schools, an average of 79% have gained acceptance to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry and optometry. 

Scranton graduates are not without options either: well over half of successful applicants in the past 10 years have received more than one acceptance.

As a Scranton pre-professional student, you will have the opportunity, not only to succeed academically, but also to develop an understanding of the complex needs of an evolving health care system.

Educating the Whole Person

So how do the University’s Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Programs prepare students for the rigors of professional school? By educating the whole person.

While we prepare students in a variety of majors for doctoral-level programs in medicine, veterinary studies, dentistry, optometry and podiatry, pre-professional students like you are encouraged to develop all of your talents.

We want you to explore other areas of study, declare minors and/or second majors of interest and fully immerse yourself in the Scranton community.

Many of our alumni in the pre-professional programs have earned awards in the sciences, and many others have received accolades in other disciplines. Several of our alumni have been named Goldwater Scholars, many have conducted research as Fulbright Scholars, and others have received full funding for M.D./Ph.D. programs.

Your education cannot begin soon enough. We encourage students to begin working with advisors in the summer preceding their freshman year to plan their undergraduate curriculum. Such consultations ensure the greatest opportunities to compile a successful application to the professional school of your choice.

Opening of the Loyola Science Center

In fall 2012, our new Loyola Science Center, designed to foster an interdisciplinary interaction among students and professors, was completed, providing ultramodern classrooms and laboratories along with a rooftop greenhouse for research. 

Resources to Help You

For most doctoral degrees in the health professions, there are a series of prerequisites, including:
  • General Biology (I-II, with labs)
  • General and Analytical Chemistry (I-II, with labs)
  • General Physics (I-II, with labs)
  • Organic Chemistry (I-II, with labs)
  • Biochemistry
  • Two courses in English literature
  • Psychology and/or Sociology
  • Statistics
Our advisors will work with you to develop an undergraduate plan to meet all the requirements for your specific degree program.

Plus, our general education program allows virtually all College of Arts and Sciences students, regardless of major, to complete the requirements for medical and other health professions schools.

Our pre-professional students also have access to the services offered by
  • the Health Professions Evaluation Committee
  • the Health Professions Library
  • the Health Professions Organization
  • and the Director of Medical School Placement

A Personalized Education

Hands-on experience is what sets Scranton apart.

While lectures and class work are critical elements of education, more than 50% of our students in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) participate in research. From this involvement in research, 45% of these students write a formal thesis and 38% of these students author or coauthor a publication and/or conference paper.

The majority of our students planning to pursue a doctoral-level degree in one of the health professions can become involved in:

Benefits of Medical Alumni Council

You are not alone on your path to success. The University's Medical Alumni Council (MAC) assists young professional students by offering health-related programs, networking assistance and guidance on admission to health professional schools.

These alumni know the landscape of the health care profession and can help you understand the journey to reaching medical school and the many options available within your career as a health professional.

The MAC is dedicated to maintaining Scranton’s place as a recognized leader in pre-health professional education.

Filling the Need for Physicians

The shortage of physicians in rural areas of the United States represents one of the most pressing health policy problems of the past century.

This predicament has serious implications for access to care, the quality of care, and the health of those individuals living in rural areas of Pennsylvania, which has the third largest rural population of any state.

To help fill this void, the University has teamed up with the nationally recognized Jefferson Medical College Physician Shortage Area Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to recruit and educate students interested in the practice of medicine in rural areas.

We are one of only seven undergraduate institutions participating Physician Shortage Area Program.