Program Academic Performance and Cost
Students in the accelerated PMM program take essentially the same courses as, and have similar schedules to, premedical students in a traditional four-year program. They also are expected to perform at an A/B level in all courses, much as four-year students are expected to do if they hope to gain admission to medical school. Satisfactory performance on MCAT exams also is required for matriculation to SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University. The current MCAT requirement is a minimum composite score of 508 with no less than a 127 in each of these three subsections: Chemistry & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. A minimum composite score of 126 in the CARS subsection is also required. If students in the accelerated program are not performing at a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) level, particularly in the sciences, they could be asked to withdraw from the program. Typically, such a student would be eligible to remain at Penn State in another program of study.
Students in the cooperative program study at two separate institutions. While attending Penn State, students pay the regular University tuition rate (http://tuition.psu.edu/), and while attending SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, they pay the regular SKMC rate. Because students enrolled in this cooperative program complete only three years of undergraduate study at Penn State, they are not eligible for tuition scholarships from the Schreyer Honors College or Braddock scholarships.