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Special Admissions Program

Early Decision

Applicants, including those who are not Pennsylvania residents who have selected the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University as their first-choice school, are encouraged to apply under the Early Decision Plan.

The AMCAS application and transcript deadline is August 1 of the year before intended matriculation. Supplementary materials must be received no later than August 15. Interviews are scheduled in early September and applicants are notified of admissions decisions by October 1st.

Applicants accepted under this plan are prohibited from applying to any other medical school.

BA/MD Program

The Medical Scholars Program provides an opportunity for exceptionally qualified high school seniors to gain a provisional acceptance to the School of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University offers this combined degree with Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. Applicants to the BA/MD program must first apply to Washington & Jefferson College. After review, candidates will be recommended to the School of Medicine for an interview.

The BA/MD Program is looking for students with a strong academic background (top 5% of their graduating class) who have completed a variety of AP coursework. Students should also demonstrate exceptional standardized test performance. The minimum SAT required is a 1350 in the combined verbal and math sections, with no individual section less than 600 (including the writing section). The minimum ACT composite score required is 31. Students with demonstrated leadership and extensive community and healthcare experiences are encouraged to apply.

Students in this eight-year combined-degree program will complete their baccalaureate degree at Washington & Jefferson. The medical degree is granted by Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Students may choose to be a science major, but are free to explore all available options as long as they complete the premedical science requirements. Matriculation to Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is conditional upon successful completion of all GPA and MCAT requirements, as outlined by the institution's agreement.

For further information, please contact Mark Harris, PhD (mharris@washjeff.edu) at Washington & Jefferson College.

Early Assurance

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University offers a number of early assurance programs that allow students to be considered for acceptance in their junior year of college. Students entering LKSOM through an early assurance linkage agreement will complete all of the required clerkships in the third and fourth year at the affiliated hospital.

Early Assurance matriculants from DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College will complete the second year of medical school and their required clinical clerkships at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem. Washington & Jefferson College Early Assurance matriculants have the option to select from the available clinical and regional campus options. Temple University undergraduate students are also considered for Early Assurance at any of the clinical or regional campuses.

To be considered for the early assurance program, students must have at least a 3.5 overall and science GPA at the end of their junior year of college, a strong commitment to service as demonstrated by extensive community and healthcare experiences, and demonstrated leadership potential.

Students interested in linking through the Early Assurance Program are nominated by the undergraduate pre-medical advisor during their junior year and those selected to interview will meet with a member of the LKSOM Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will offer conditional acceptances to selected students. Students offered a conditional acceptance need to sit for the MCAT exam by the end of May.

If you are an undergraduate at one of the participating institutions and are interested in applying to Temple through the Early Assurance Program, contact your pre-health advisor.

Health Scholars Program

The Health Scholars Program at Temple University is available to exceptionally qualified high school seniors with a demonstrated interest in their professional field. Students interested in the Health Scholars Program will complete an undergraduate application to Temple University, submit a Scholars Program application and participate in an interview day at the undergraduate campus. Students who have a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, a minimum SAT score of 1350 (or ACT of 32), demonstrated commitment to volunteer or service activities, and health care related experiences are encouraged to apply.

Scholars are eligible to be granted early, conditional acceptance to Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. To be nominated, students must have at least a 3.5 overall and science GPA at the end of their junior year of college, a strong commitment to service as demonstrated by extensive community and health care experiences, and demonstrated leadership potential. Those who meet the undergraduate requirements of the program will be nominated for consideration during their junior year at Temple and those selected to interview will meet with a member of the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee will offer conditional acceptances to selected students. Students offered a conditional acceptance need to sit for the MCAT exam by the end of May. After a review of the transcript at the end of the junior year and MCAT scores, students who have been conditionally accepted and meet the requirements of the agreement will receive an acceptance for the class that matriculates the following August. Conditionally accepted Health Scholars students will complete an AMCAS application by August 1st after the junior year, indicating a restricted application type of "Combined Bachelors/Medical Degree."