Certificate in Medical Science Preparatory Program

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 47.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Semester
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.1199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:


Note: Effective Fall Semester 2015, no students will be accepted into this certificate program.

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University’s College of Medicine offers the Medical Science Preparatory (MSP) program. The MSP certificate is a one-year program designed to help students enhance their credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools by improving their science background and admissions test scores, in particular the MCAT. This structured program offers both undergraduate and graduate level coursework as well as a formal two-semester MCAT course. Those students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Program Completion. Students may be considered for linkage with the following medical school programs:

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, New York
Universidad Autonoma de Guadelajara School of Medicine
University of Queensland School of Medicine

Medical Science Preparatory Curriculum
Students in the Medical Science Preparatory program are required to complete graduate level courses in anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, laboratory techniques and community outreach. Also included are undergraduate level courses in physics and chemistry and a formal MCAT preparation course.

For more information, visit Drexel's College of Medicine Medical Science Preparatory Program web page.

Master of Science Option
Those MSP students who successfully complete the program may elect to continue on to earn a Master of Science degree through the Master of Biological Science or Master of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences programs. Working towards a master's degree will continue to enhance one's credentials for application to medical or other health professionals schools.

MSPP 400SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry I4.0
MSPP 402SAdvanced Topics in Physics I4.0
MSPP 404SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning I6.0
MSPP 505SLab Tech in Bioch Molec Biol2.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch Cell Biolo4.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medici2.0
 Term Credits25.0
MSPP 401SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry II4.0
MSPP 403SAdvanced Topics in Physics II4.0
MSPP 405SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning II6.0
MSPP 513SSpecial Topics in Anatomy4.0
MSPP 515SBiological Function Regulation4.0
 Term Credits22.0
Total Credit: 47.0

For more information about continuing on to the Master's of Biological Science, visit Drexel's College of Medicine Master of Biological Science web page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Medical Science Preparatory (MSP) program must have earned a bachelor's degree from a US or other accredited institution. Prerequisite coursework must include a year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics with laboratory components.

The typical applicant should have a math/science GPA of 2.90 or better and an MCAT score of 18 or higher. The General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be accepted for those who have never taken the MCAT.  Applicants applying to other professional school programs may supply their discipline specific national aptitude exam scores (Ex., DAT, OAT, etc.). Our admissions process is holistic in nature and includes evaluations of letters of evaluation, community service and exposure in the health care field of interest. 

The program's application can be found on the College of Medicine's Medical Science Preparatory Certificate Admissions web page.

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