Entry into the field of medicine requires unmatched drive and ambition. The Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program allows students to get a head start by giving them the tools and preparation that will allow them to succeed in medical school and beyond.
The Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) post- baccalaureate certificate program is completed in two semesters of full-time study and consists of between 34 and 38 credits .
Applicants to the IMS program include students who are late in their decision to apply to medical schooli, nterested in improving their academic record before applying or re-applying to medical school and individuals who would like a year in a medical school setting before deciding whether medicine is the career for them.
Considered a “special master’s” program, the Interdepartmental Medical Science program affords students the opportunity to take actual first-year medical school courses. Six major medical school courses are taken simultaneously with Drexel University College of Medicine first-year classes. These include:
• Medical Biochemistry I and II
• Cell Biology & Microanatomy I and II
• Medical Physiology I and II
• Medical Nutrition
• Medical Immunology
• Medical Neuroscience
Students may qualify for a “guaranteed interview” with Drexel University’s College of Medicine if they meet key requirements, including a MCAT score of at least 27 (with no section less than a 9) and grades of B or better in their fall semester.
Interviews are held in Phladelphia in the spring semester after the fall semester grades are posted.
Drexel University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Drexel programs are accredited by their respective top professional accreditation bodies, including the AACSB (Business), ABET (Engineering), ALA (Library Science), CIDA (Interior Design), CEPH (Public Health), and NLNAC (Nursing).
International Student Requirements:
International students, holding appropriate student visas, who need to improve their credentials for application to medical school, will be considered for acceptance into our Master of Medical Science (MMS) or Master of Biological Science (MBS) programs. Students must have a Bachelor's degree at a recognized institution, have completed all of the pre-medical school course requirements (one year each of Biology, Chemistry, organic Chemistry and Physics all with laboratory) and have taken the MCAT or GRE exam. Students from non-English speaking nations must also sit for the TOFEL exam and show sufficient proficiency in English to enroll in our programs. The MMS program is available on both our Sacramento and Philadelphia, campuses while the MBS program is only available in Philadelphia.