Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Certificate Program

About the Program

Track I = 37.0 semester credits

Track II = 28.0 semester credits

The Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Program is an early assurance program that provides students from lower socioeconomic/disadvantaged backgrounds a unique opportunity to prove their ability to succeed in a medical school program. Students take a combination of graduate and medical school courses. Track 1 program students are also provided with an MCAT preparation course. They are required to sit for the MCAT following completion of the spring semester as well as additional courses that prepare them for taking the MCAT in the spring semester. Track 2 program students have been accepted into the program with a qualifying MCAT and therefore do not need to retake the exam. Instead, they are required to take an additional medical school course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. If successful in the DPMS program, the student will be granted automatic admission into the College of Medicine following completion of the program.

See the Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) page on the College of Medicine's web site for application information.

About the Certificate Curriculum
Students who complete and pass all courses with a minimum grade of C included in the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program curriculum, achieve a minimum 2.75 graduate GPA, and for Track 1 students, release new official MCAT scores to the program, will be granted a certificate of program completion.

Track 1 program students achieving a 3.00 graduate GPA, a minimum score of 7 Verbal Reasoning, 8 Physical Science, M Writing Sample, and 8 Biological Science on a new MCAT will retain their acceptance to the College of Medicine and begin studies in the fall.

Track 2 program students achieving a minimum 3.00 graduate GPA and passing the Medical Immunology course also retain their acceptance and matriculate into the College of Medicine in the fall.

Students who do not retain their acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine may be considered for acceptance into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School II program, where they can earn a Master of Science degree with an additional year of coursework

Continuing for a Master of Science Degree
After completion of the certificate portion of the program, some students may desire to pursue a Master of Science degree. See the list below for the additional courses required to be awarded a Drexel Pathway to Medical School Master of Science degree.

Required Courses
Summer Enrichment Program
DPMS 500SMEDICAL SCIENCE PREPARATION1
Fall Semester
IMSP 510SMEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY I7.5
IMSP 520SMEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY I3.5
Select one of the following:3.0-6.0
MEDICAL IMMUNOLOGY
MCAT Review (Track 1 students) (6 credits)
PHRM 512SGRADUATE PHARMACOLOGY3
Spring Semester
IMSP 511SMEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY II0.5
MSPP 513SSPECIAL TOPICS IN ANATOMY4
IMSP 521SMEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY II3.5
IMSP 530SBASIC IMMUNOLOGY1.5
MCAT Review6.0
After completion of the certificate portion of the program, students desiring to continue on to pursue the Master of Science take the following additional courses
Summer Research Project
MSPP 550SRESEARCH PROJECT2
Fall Semester
IMSP 502SMEDICINE AND SOCIETY I3
IMSP 540SCELL BIOLOGY & MICROANATOMY I5
IMSP 550SMEDICAL NUTRITION1
IMSP 570SMEDICAL IMMUNOLOGY3
MSPP 505SLAB TECH IN BIOCH & MOLEC BIOL *2
Spring Semester
IDPT 501SBIOSTATISTICS I2
IMSP 541SCELL BIOLOGY & MICROANATOMY II3
IMSP 560SMEDICAL NEUROSCIENCE6
Total Credits60.5-63.5

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Alternately, students can choose to take MSPP 505S in the Spring semester.


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