Wilkes University

Special Admission Programs

Special Admission Programs

Health Sciences Special Admission Programs and Affiliations

In order to qualify for any of these seven-year programs, students must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University by January 1st of their senior year in high school (when applying to Wilkes, indicate on application form under “Program of Study” the professional school program of choice to be considered for).  Students workingIf minimum pre-requisites are met you will be contacted by the Center for Health Sciences and Student Success for final selection.

Students should have a high GPA and high rank in their high school graduating class, a combined math and verbal SAT score of 1200 (old SAT), 1270 (new SAT) or better and have completed Honors or AP coursework,  specifically in the sciences.

Once students are selected for one of these programs and begin their undergraduate education, they will receive assistance from the Center for Health Sciences and Student Success in advising them through their accelerated program of study and in the application process to the health professions school.  Students must complete all general education requirements and certain requirements towards their undergraduate major during their three years at Wilkes. They will also be expected to maintain a high GPA and participate in shadowing experiences and volunteer activities during their three years at Wilkes. In addition, students will need to meet the requirements of each individual health professions institution.

Available Programs:

PSU-Hershey Medical School & Guthrie Healthcare System, Robert Packer Hospital

Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University by November 15th. To be considered for this program students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be a resident of a rural and/or medically underserved area of Pennsylvania.
  • Students must demonstrate a sincere interest in primary care medicine in a rural and/or medically underserved area of Pennsylvania.
  • Students must rank in the top ten (10) percent of their high school graduating class.
  • A minimum score of 1250 (old SAT) or 1310 (new SAT) must be earned on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  • Students must have completed (a) three years of natural sciences including biology, chemistry, and physics and (b) mathematics through trigonometry(calculus is recommended).
  • Students' experiences in human service activities will be considered in determining admission to the program.

Following admission to Wilkes University, qualified candidates will be contacted by the Center for Health Sciences and Student Success to complete secondary application and begin the interview process. Once secondary applications are submitted back to the health Sciences and Student Success Center, candidates will participate in 3 interviews, one at Wilkes University (December), one at Guthrie Healthcare System, Robert Packer Hospital (January), and finally at PSU-Hershey Medical School (March). Final decision of accepted applicants will be made by PSU-Hershey.

Criteria for continued participation in the Pre-Medical BS/MD Early Assurance Program and acceptance to the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine:

  • Students must accumulate a minimum GP A of 3 .5 in biology, chemistry, and physics courses and an overall GP A of at least 3. 5 by the end of their junior year of college. Students must complete the Wilkes University Premedical Core of courses, as well as all requirements in their chosen major(s).
  • Students will complete their 7th or 8th semester in college at an approved clinical site.
  • During the freshman, sophomore, and junior years students must demonstrate continued interest in primary care by volunteering in human services, selecting humanistic courses, and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities 1hat involve interaction wi1h other people.
  • Students must meet specific criteria per year during their Wilkes University education.  These standards are included in the students signed contract with PSU-Hershey.  

Wilkes University has developed affiliations with health professions schools in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, and physical therapy education.

The Commonwealth Medical College:4+4 = BS/MD

Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University by January 1st of their senior year in high school. Students should have a high GPA a high rank in their high school graduating class, and a combined SAT score of 1250 (old SAT), 1310 (new SAT) or better. In addition, student must be from Lackawanna or Luzerne County.

After admission to Wilkes, a guaranteed interview will be contingent upon the following:

  • Submitting an AMCAS application to TCMC in the year preceding desired entry as a first-year medical student.
  • Submitting the TCMC secondary application in the year preceding desired entry as a first-year medical student.
  • Achieving a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.5 on a scale of 4.00 in biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physics (and any other required course determined by TCMC) at Wilkes University.
  • Achieving a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.5 on a scale of 4.00 in the sciences courses at Wilkes University.
  • Achieving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for all courses completed at Wilkes University.
  • Having no grade in any course below a "C" at Wilkes University.
  • Achieving a score of 509 or higher on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) with a score of at least 126 in each section. Additionally, TCMC will consider previous MCAT results if they are within three years of the date of application and the student has scored a 30 or higher with a score of at least 8 in each section.
  • Submitting a committee letter endorsing the candidate from the faculty at Wilkes University.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM): 3 + 4 and 4 + 4 = BS/DO

Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University by January 1st of their senior year in high school. Students should have a high GPA a high rank in their high school graduating class, and a combined SAT score of 1250 (old SAT), 1310 (new SAT) or better.

After admission to Wilkes, a guaranteed interview will be contingent upon the following:

  • The candidate must complete the undergraduate course requirements as listed in PCOM’s catalog.
  • The candidate must have earned (on the 4.0 grading system) a grade point average of at least 3.75 through the end of the sophomore year at University for the 3+4 program or a grade point average of 3.25 through the end of junior year for the 4+4 program.
  • The candidate must take the Medical College Admissions Test as early as possible but no later than the fall of the senior year (based on program of interest). The candidate must earn a minimum score of the fiftieth percentile (50%) in each section of the MCAT.
  • The candidate must also submit an application to PCOM through AACOMAS no later than October 31st of the senior year and submit the PCOM Supplemental Application (with application fee) no later than November 30th of the senior year.
  • The candidate must submit a letter of recommendation from an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.).
Widener University Institute for Physical Therapy Education (WU-IPTE) – 3+3 and 4+3 (DPT)

Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University by January 1st of their senior year in high school. Students should have a high GPA, a high rank in their high school graduating class, and a combined SAT score of 1250 (old SAT), 1310 (new SAT) or better.

  • The candidate must complete the undergraduate course requirements as listed in Widener’s catalog.
  • Candidate must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate program and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 by the end of the fall of the junior year.  The candidate must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average in order to matriculate into graduate courses in the physical therapy program.
  • Graduate Record Exam General Test scores of 50th percentile or better on the combined verbal and quantitative sections.
  • The candidate must also submit an application to Widener through PTCAS no later than October 31st of the senior year and submit the Widener Supplemental Application (with application fee) no later than November 30th of the senior year. 

These programs offer a unique opportunity for outstanding high school students who are fairly certain of the career path and wish to complete their pre-professional and professional education in seven years.

Wilkes University has developed affiliations with health professions schools in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatric medicine. These programs permit students to spend three years at Wilkes in the basic sciences and liberal arts, and four years at the affiliated health professions school. The University has developed seven-year doctoral programs with the following institutions:

  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry - Salus University (PCO) - 3+4
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) - 3+4
  • Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (TUSD) - 3+4
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) - 3+4
  • Widener University Institute for Physical Therapy Education (WU-IPTE) – 3+3

Students must go through the formal application process for their accelerated program of interest following the completion of their sophomore year.  Qualified students will then be notified by their professional school of interest of the guaranteed interview date.

If accepted by the professional school, following successful completion of the first year of basic science education at the health professions school, Wilkes will transfer thirty-six credits in the basic sciences and confer upon each student the Wilkes University baccalaureate degree.

If not accepted by professional school, students will become a traditional 4-year student at Wilkes University.  Students will reapply to any programs of choice following the completion of their junior year.


Contacts

Constance DombroskiConstance Dombroski, M.S.
Director, Center for Health Sciences and Student Success
Cohen Science Center
(570) 408-4823
constance.dombroski@wilkes.edu

Gennie SingerGennie Singer
Health Sciences Administrative Assistant
Cohen Science Center
(570) 408-4750
genevieve.singer@wilkes.edu


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