Pre-Health Programs

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Pre-Health Programs

Prepare for health professional school success with Ivy League academics and individualized support

Penn’s Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs are designed for driven students, like you, who want to distinguish themselves as medical, dental, veterinary or nursing school candidates. We are at the heart of an internationally renowned research university, offering you access 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 health professional school application process and provide unrivaled support for your future career.

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 studies. Many of our students don't fit neatly into either track, and our experienced advising team can help you develop a personalized profile of classes.

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 health 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.

Bring your goals to life

Penn’s Pre-Health Programs provide students a wide array of opportunities to jumpstart their training and careers in the professional health fields. Hear from the program director, students, alumni and faculty about all that Penn and its leading medical research centers have to offer.

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Fast facts

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Number of linkages available through the program
Percentage of students studying part-time
Number of advisors available to students during their course of study


Learn about our professional linkages

Linkages provide the opportunity to accelerate your entrances into a medical, veterinary, nursing, or dental school.

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Program Features

Advising, workshops and much more

Take advantage of the specially designed resources developed by the Pre-Health Programs team for your success.

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Info Session Video

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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College of Liberal and Professional Studies Office

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053


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The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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