Pre-Medical Studies

The Pre-Medical Program at Widener is open to all students in all majors. The program is directed by Dr. Alexis Nagengast, the Health Professions Advisor.

Pre-medical advising begins in the freshmen year and continues through the application and interview process in the senior year. Field trips are organized during the academic year to Philadelphia professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, and podiatric medical), and campus visits are organized for admissions personnel from these and other schools. These trips and visits are coordinated with the Pre-Medical Club. Widener has the following affiliations with professional schools:

The Widener Medical Scholars Program (BS/MD)

The Widener Medical Scholars Program is a provisional medical school acceptance program with Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The program is designed to attract students into primary care specialties (general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine) and is limited to eight students per year.

Students who are successful in gaining admittance to the program as high school seniors are awarded provisional acceptance in the medical school, pending their successful completion of a four-year undergraduate degree at Widener including the specified prerequisite courses for medical school.

Eligibility requirements and details follow:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors, who are legal residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Maryland.
  • Applicants must present a minimum 1350 combined SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics) with no less than 600 on each of the three sub-tests.
  • A supplemental application must be submitted with an essay aimed particularly at primary care medicine no later than October 4, 2013.
  • Medical Scholars may choose any undergraduate major for their pre-medical studies.

To view more details on the medical scholars program and obtain an application, visit the Widener Medical Scholars web page

Dual Degree 3/4 programs for Biology Majors Only

Widener has several seven-year dual degree programs where a student completes the first three years of the biology major curriculum (including all general education requirements) and is then accepted into the professional school. Instead of a senior year at Widener, a student begins the four-year program at the professional school.
Upon completion of the first year of professional school, the course work is transferred to Widener and Widener awards the BS degree in biology.

The five programs are listed below:

Students may practice in any field of medicine (psychiatry, surgery, nephrology, neurology, etc.). MD's and DO's have the same practice opportunities and are licensed by the same examining boards. Optometry: B.S./O.D program with Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Podiatric Medicine: B.S./D.P.M program with the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dentistry: B.S./D.M.D. program with the Temple University School of Dentistry.

Widener participates in this program which provides special seminars for students interested in primary care. Opportunities exist for students to work with medical school faculty on research during the summer. Students who participate in this program may qualify for special consideration at the time of application in the junior year.

Three-year Graduate Program in Physical Therapy

Widener University offers a three-year graduate program in physical therapy that leads to the degree Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Widener's program is in keeping with Vision 2020 of the American Physical Therapy Association.