For high school students who are sure that becoming a medical doctor is the right career choice for them, a BS-MD program may be the perfect fit. These combined degree programs provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Medicine degree. Students enrolled in a BS-MD program are guaranteed to be accepted to medical school once their bachelor's program is successfully completed.
At the University of Colorado in Denver, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine have formed a partnership to offer a BS-MD program. The program is very small, typically composed of 8 to 10 students from a wide range of backgrounds who show a strong commitment to pursuing a career in medicine. The BS-MD program offered at the University of Nevada is also small, reserved for Nevada residents, graduated from a Nevada high school. Students complete their undergraduate studies at either the University of Nevada in Reno or the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and finish the program at the University of Nevada's School of Medicine.
Kent State University in Ohio offers prospective students a six- or seven-year BS-MD program in conjunction with Northeastern Ohio Medical University. For the first 2 or 3 years, BS-MD students complete course requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Life Sciences. After achieving the minimum MCAT scores, Kent State students begin working on their medical degree at Northeastern. The Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University partners with the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois to provide a 7-year accelerated course of study for high school graduates dedicated to a career in medicine.
The BS-MD program at Drexel University in Pennsylvania only accepts applicants who have been ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Once students complete their undergraduate program, they continue their studies at Drexel's College of Medicine, which is one of the largest private medical schools in the U.S. Drexel's College of Medicine also partners with Villanova and Lehigh University to provide students with BS-MD programs. Howard University in the District of Columbia offers high school graduates a 6-year BS-MD program. Students earn a B.S. in 2 years and complete the medical program in 4 years at Howard's medical school.
The University of Miami's Medical Scholars Program allows students to complete the combined BS-MD program in 7 or 8 years. Students complete undergrad studies at UM, then enter the Miller School of Medicine to earn their medical degree. The University of Alabama offers students an Early Medical School Acceptance Program that is a full 8-year program of study. Grambling State University in Louisiana has a program in conjunction with the Meharry Medical College aimed to increase the number of African-American physicians.
- Kent State University: Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine Degree
- Drexel University: Accelerated Degree Program
- University of Nevada School of Medicine: BS-MD Accelerated Early Admission Program
- University of California San Diego: Medical Scholars Program
- University of Miami: Medical Scholars Program
Based in Gainesville, Carissa Lawrence is an experienced teacher who has been writing education related articles since 2013. Lawrence holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida.