Pre-Professional Pathway

Pre-Medical Program

Through our pre-medical pathway, you'll prepare for medical school with the help of faculty mentors and career advisors. 

Pre-health care pathway student in lab

Program Overview

On the front line of medical care, doctors play a crucial role in preventing disease and promoting wellness. They use their expertise to assess patients, perform tests and procedures, diagnose various illnesses, provide treatment and prescribe medication.

The path to becoming a medical doctor begins with a pre-medical pathway. At Widener, this means choosing from more than 10 majors, ranging from biology and chemistry to mathematics and digital media informatics. No matter which path you choose, you'll work in advanced research facilities, partner with faculty mentors, and shadow local medical professionals. As you complete your pathway, you'll gain the foundational skills you need to take the next step in your journey: entering medical school.

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll leave Widener ready for a powerful medical education and ultimately, a rewarding career. It all starts here.

Program Options

The Widener Medical Scholars Program is designed to attract broadly-educated candidates who are interested in entering the practice of medicine in the primary care areas of family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics.

Selected students participate in an immersive, hospital-affiliated, medical school-like experience that involves shadowing physicians at Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), located a few blocks from Widener University. The CCMC affords you the opportunity to explore the clinical areas of pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine in-depth while you are at Widener during the summer.

Following the shadowing rotations, Widener Medical Scholars remain on campus and complete a research project with a Widener faculty member and present their results at the Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (SURCA) Symposium. The Widener Medical Scholars Program prepares students to be competitive applicants to medical schools in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Requirements

No more than eight (8) Widener Medical Scholars are admitted each year. To qualify for the program as a high school senior, you must satisfy Widener University admissions criteria, select an academic major in which to pursue your pre-medical preparation, and submit a Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application by January 15 of your senior year. The Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application includes a 750-word essay that summarizes the experiences, events, and thoughts that have led you to your interest in primary care medicine and to your decision to seek admission to the Widener Medical Scholars Program. Selected applicants will be notified on or by April 15.

Widener Medical Scholars accepted as high school seniors will enroll in SCI 190: Introduction to Research during their first semester at Widener to prepare for research with a faculty member as early as their freshman year.

Preference is given to students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine, including members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, socioeconomically disadvantaged or first-generation college students, or students from a medically-underserved area. Residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland with an interest in practicing medicine in an under-resourced area like Chester are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have community service and medically-related volunteer experience.

As part of your pre-medical pathway, you'll pursue your interest in medicine while also exploring your interest in another major. No matter which path you choose, you'll take the required science courses you need to enter medical school.

Options include:

Admissions Information

To get started with your pre-medical pathway, select your undergraduate major from within our Undergraduate Major Options and complete an online application

During your freshman year, you will work closely with your academic advisor to create a curriculum that prepares you for medical school. 

Program Highlights

Shadow Doctors and Medical Students

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll experience life beyond your pre-medical pathway. Volunteer in nearby hospitals or shadow Widener alumni in medical school. As you build your network, you'll understand what it takes to thrive as a student and professional. 

Prepare for Medical School

Experience constant support as you prepare for medical school. Complete mock interviews with your pre-health advisor and a career advisor. Review your application with the health professions advisory committee. Seek advice from a vast network of alumni. Each step of the way, you'll benefit from the guidance of academic experts.

Learn From Faculty Mentors

No matter what you study, you'll learn from faculty who invest in your success. Through small classes, research projects, local excursions, and study abroad trips, these professors will be your biggest supporters. And when you apply to medical school, they'll be the first to review your application and write your letters of recommendation.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Widener graduates of the pre-health care program are competitive applicants to diverse professional schools. Get on the inside track to a career in medicine.

Recent Graduate Programs and Medical Schools

  • Temple University
  • Drexel University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Rowan College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Connecticut
  • St. George's University
  • SUNY
  • Salus University

Outlook & Outcomes

Industry Growth

Healthcare occupations are projected to grow 15% from 2019-2029 due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for medical and wellness services.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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