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

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:

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.


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 February 5.

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.

Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

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.

Outlook & Outcomes

Industry Growth

Healthcare occupations are projected to grow 13% by 2030 due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for medical and wellness services.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Temple University
  • Drexel University
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  • University of Connecticut
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Student Stories

Kennedy Shaw stands on campus on a blue sky day, with Founders Hall behind her and the Old Main dome visible in the background

"Freshman year was a great year. Even though I was not physically on campus, I felt at home. I love it here. I was shocked with how much love I received online and I knew it would be 1,000 times better in person."

Kennedy Shaw

Class of 2024
Female student examines samples in a laboratory in front of microscope.

"“I always wanted to be a doctor. I think it was an intrinsic motivation that I’ve always had.”"

Michaela Jemison

Class of 2023

Take the Next Steps


Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.


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