Some medical schools offer early admission to highly qualified applicants in their sophomore or junior years. Students applying to these programs must have an excellent academic record and must demonstrate that they possess the discipline, knowledge and motivation needed to enter the medical field. Accepted students must still complete the remaining undergraduate years before moving on to medical school, but they are usually exempt from taking the Medical College Admission Test. Although these programs are not recommended for every student, they can save time and eliminate some stress during the medical school admissions process.
The Early Assurance Program at Tufts University gives students the chance to gain acceptance into Tufts Medical School during their sophomore year. The goal of this program is to allow highly qualified students to spend the next two years of their undergraduate career broadening their college experience, making them "free to explore other areas of interest." To be eligible for this program, students must have a science GPA and overall GPA of at least 3.5. By the end of their sophomore year, students should have taken two semesters of biology and chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry. Health care volunteer or work experience will increase your likelihood of acceptance into this program.
The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program at Northwestern University, or NUPSP, accepts highly qualified juniors to the Feinberg School of Medicine, allowing them to enter after graduation. NUPSP also offers opportunities for students to combine their medical degree with another graduate degree, such as a Master of Arts in bioethics and medical humanities or a Master of Science in patient safety and quality assurance. Students must demonstrate ongoing research and clinical interests, have an overall science GPA of 3.7 or higher, and must have completed at least two of the following prerequisite courses: inorganic physical chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biological science, all of which usually require three quarters of enrollment. One of the courses must be either organic chemistry or biological science.
Knox College offers an early admission program that cooperates with George Washington University to allow students the chance to be admitted during their sophomore year. Students must have completed six terms of pre-med courses, such as general biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics; must have earned a 3.5 overall GPA; and must have earned at least a B minus in all science classes. Applicants who are successful have demonstrated clear, focused knowledge of health care and the medical field. Admitted students must then complete a bachelor's degree at Knox College, fulfill the pre-med requirements, including courses such as biochemistry and psychology, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.6.
University of Toledo
The MEDStart program at the University of Toledo accepts highly qualified juniors to its College of Medicine. Once admitted, students must accept an offer of admission to the College of Medicine by the end of their junior year and take part in a two-week summer program at the health sciences campus before their senior year. Competitive applicants typically have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher with a science GPA of 3.5 or higher, and an ACT score of 29 or higher or SAT score of 1900 or higher. A number of pre-medical courses should also be completed, including general and organic chemistry, biology, and physics. In addition to these academic requirements, applicants must also demonstrate a focused motivation for a medical career by taking part in volunteer, research and internship experiences or other medical-related pursuits.
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