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Prepare for success with Penn’s Pre-Health Programs

You know that a medical profession is your true calling. Now you’re seeking to distinguish yourself as a medical, dental, veterinary or nursing school candidate so you can pursue your passion. 

Penn’s Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs were created for driven, high-achieving students like you. The Pre-Health Programs at Penn are at the heart of an internationally renowned research university, home to one of the finest health systems in the world. The rigorous academic challenges of our programs assure you—and admissions committees—that you are equipped to thrive at your future professional school. Our Pre-Health Programs Director and expert advising team draw upon the full range of resources at Penn to guide you through the application process and provide unrivaled support during preparation for your future career.

Academics that meet your unique needs and interests

Our programs provide specialized preparation for future medical, dental, veterinary and nursing school applicants from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Whether you had a nonscience undergraduate education and are pursuing prerequisites, have been studying in the sciences but need additional coursework to refine your qualifications, or you’re simply hoping to enhance your academic record and experiences, we offer choices to meet your needs.

The Pre-Health Core Studies program supplies students who have little scientific background with key concepts and the rigorous training necessary to succeed in the health professional school of their choice. The Pre-Health Specialized Studies program is for students who possess a background in the sciences, but who are seeking to bolster their academic credentials and extend their scientific studies. Many of our students don't fit neatly into the typical sets of courses in either track, and our experienced advising team will help you develop and pursue the full profile of classes you need for a successful professional school application.

Our programs offer you the flexibility to tailor your curriculum to your career goals, and to complete classes on a part-time or full-time basis. Together, we’ll plan your best strategy for making the most of coursework, clinical experiences and exam preparation, while preparing a truly exceptional application portfolio for the next phase in your education.

Guidance throughout the application process

The Pre-Health Programs not only prepare you academically for your chosen educational path, but our dedicated team of advising and support staff also provides you with the tools, networks and individualized coaching you need to gain entrance to the professional school of your choice.

You’ll receive advising and support from our experienced staff starting as soon as you begin the program and throughout the entire test preparation and application process. We offer assistance in curating and compiling your committee letter. We also provide the opportunity to participate in workshops and seminars on the admissions process, interviewing skills, writing and polishing your personal statement, and career planning.  

Finally, it’s easy to find career inspiration and guidance close by. Penn’s top-tier health professional schools provide access to a portfolio of clinical observation and volunteer experiences, inspiring professional models and potential mentors, and incomparable faculty. We offer regular panel discussions and speaker sessions so our students can meet health innovators in a variety of specializations and disciplines.

Our combination of elite academics and expert advising has led to an outstanding placement rate for our students. As you would expect, they go on to attend many of the finest professional schools in the country.

We’re excited to talk to you about the unparalleled opportunities that await you in Penn’s Pre-Health Programs, and we’re available to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the programs at Penn.

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Pre-Health Programs Information Session

Meet the program team as they discuss the programs and the admissions process, as well as clinical, volunteer and research opportunities.

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