Certificate in Interdepartmental Medical Science

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 34.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus

Calendar Type: Semester
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility:
Not aid eligible

About the Program

Students pursuing the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) certificate are afforded the opportunity to take actual first-year medical school courses.This special master's program has been in existence since 1981 and has helped well over 1000 students to become practicing clinicians. This program is offered at both the Philadelphia and Sacramento campus locations. Benefits of this special master's program include:

  • more medical school courses than other similar programs in existence;
  • runs for two years which benefits those students not applying during the certificate year, but applying during the master's year;
  • significant tuition advantages for students attending this program as compared to other similar programs;
  • free tutoring and counseling services are available through the University;
  • affiliations with several medical schools including Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCom), Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. George's, University of London, St. George's of Grenada School of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Universidad Autonoma de Guadelajara School of Medicine, and the University of Queensland School of Medicine;
  • a guaranteed interview for students earning grades of B or better in all fall courses and an incoming MCAT score of 27 (9's in each section) or a 30 with no score less than a 7 (US citizens or permanent residents only);
  • DUCoM guarantees a minimum 25 seats for appropriate students from the office's post-baccalaureate programs (US citizens or permanent residents only). 

Master of Science in Medical Science Option

The Master of Science in Medical Science Program is the second year of the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) Certificate program. Upon successful completion of the IMS year, students may enter the second year of the special master's program in medical sciences. The degree requires non-thesis clinical or bench-top research. Advantages of continuing on for the master's degree include applying to health professional schools from an academic environment which should enhance a student's competitiveness for residency programs in an academic institution. 

Additional Information

For more information, visit Drexel College of Medicine's Interdepartmental Medical Science Program website.  

Interdepartmental Medical Science
Required Courses
Fall Semester
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
IMSP 510SMedical Biochemistry I7.5
IMSP 520SMedical Physiology I3.5
IMSP 540SCell Biology & Microanatomy I5.0
Optional courses
Medical Nutrition *
Medical Immunology *
Spring Semester
IMSP 503SMedicine and Society II2.0
IMSP 511SMedical Biochemistry II0.5
IMSP 521SMedical Physiology II3.5
IMSP 541SCell Biology and Microanatomy II3.0
IMSP 560SMedical Neuroscience6.0
Total Credits34.0


These courses are optional.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the IMS program must have already fulfilled undergraduate premedical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of “C. ” These prerequisites include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry including respective laboratory sections. Students who feel that they have overcome their previous academic performance and can prove to medical schools that they can perform at a higher level are appropriate applicants to this program.

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