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Penn State College of Medicine

Hershey,
PA
Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: January 2023
700 HMC Crescent Road
Hershey,
PA
17033

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:

PSUPAprogram@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
717-531-8521

Program Information

Length of Program:

24 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  

No

Starting Semester: 

Spring

Accreditation:

Continued

Students per Class:

30

PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 

100%

Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$124,214 / $124,214   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 

None

Admissions Information

Application:

Participates in CASPA:

Yes

Application Deadline:

January 15
(Rolling Admissions)

GPA:

Minimum GPA:   

3

Minimum Science GPA:

3

Average GPA: 

3.69

Average Science GPA:   

3.69

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Not Mentioned

Minimum PA Shadowing: 

None

Patient Care Experience Required:

500 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

No Specific Recommendation

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

Patient care hours can be in progress or planned during the application cycle

Testing

Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

Check with School

GRE Expiration:

Check with School

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:

No

CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

5 Years
Three prerequisites have a five-year currency. They are: Anatomy (or A&P I) Physiology (or A&P II), and Microbiology. This currency requirement will be waived for any applicant who has been working full time and continuously in the healthcare field since completing the coursework.

Online Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Community College Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

Yes

Prerequisites

Course
Semesters
Required or Recommended
Notes
General Chemistry
1 Semester
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
1 Semester
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Introductory Biology
1 Semester
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Microbiology
1 Semester
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Genetics
Not Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Physics
Not Required
Medical Terminology
Not Required
English / Writing
2 Semesters
Required
Psychology
1 Semester
Required
Social Sciences
Not Required
Statistics
1 Semester
Required
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
Not Required
Other Requirements

None.

Other Recommendations

None.

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