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Special Admissions Program

Early Decision

Applicants, including those who are not Pennsylvania residents who have selected LKSOM 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. LKSOM 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 LKSOM. 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 LKSOM 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

LKSOM offers a number of early assurance programs that allow students to be considered for acceptance in their junior year of college. 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. The St. Luke’s Regional Campus has an Early Assurance program for students from DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College. Early Assurance matriculants from Washington & Jefferson College or Temple University have the option to complete their medical education at the available campus options.

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 participate in an interview day and be presented to the Admissions Committee for conditional acceptance. 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 LKSOM. To be nominated, students must have at least a 3.5 overall and science GPA at the end of their junior year, 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. Those selected to interview will participate in an interview day at LKSOM and be presented to the Admissions Committee for conditional acceptance.

Students offered a conditional acceptance need to sit for the MCAT exam by the end of May.