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Premedical Program

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Prepare for medical, dental, veterinary, or physician assistant (PA) school through the postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Harvard Extension School.

Whether you are changing careers and need to complete prerequisite coursework or you want to strengthen your academic record, our customized premedical curriculum will prepare you to apply to the professional school of your choice.

Overview & Benefits of the Premedical Program

In the Premedical Program, you’ll take challenging core science courses, many of which are taught by Harvard University faculty. And you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in clinically relevant electives.

Through either the premedical or pre-physician assistant (physician associate) track, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in professional school and demonstrate your competency to admissions committees.

Benefits of the Premedical Program

  • Individualized curriculum: We’ll work with you to create a unique course curriculum to meet your academic needs and help you become the most competitive applicant you can be.
  • Personalized advising: We’ll guide you throughout the program, including advising you on course selection, the application process, and sponsorship for medical or dental school (if required).
  • Harvard faculty: Many of our courses are taught by faculty from across Harvard University, including Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the TH Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard College.
  • Flexible course schedules: The Premedical Program is geared toward adult learners, so you can study part time while working full time (for the premed track: on campus in the evenings or on weekends; for the pre-PA track: online or on campus). 
  • Engaged clinical community: You’ll have the opportunity to meet peers and faculty in our new student orientation. And throughout the program you may attend weekly clinician chats where you’ll hear from medical practitioners, admissions officers, current medical school students, and more.  

See more benefits of being a Premedical Program student. 

Our Student Community

Graduates of the Premedical Program have been accepted into—and graduated from—top medical and dental schools across the United States, including Brown University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

As a student, you'll engage with peers and faculty regularly in class and weekly gatherings. After you complete the program, you’ll join the global network of the Harvard Alumni Association after completing the program.

More information can be found on our PMP Fast Facts sheet.

  • 27

    Average age

  • 2.6

    Average # of years between undergrad degree earned and program admission

  • 66%

    Have healthcare work experience

  • 1.9

    Average # of years to program completion

Curriculum

The Premedical Program offers two tracks:

Premedical Program Track Pre-Physician Assistant Track
Prepares you for application to:
Allopathic doctor
Osteopathic doctor
Dentist
Veterinarian
Prepares you for application to:
Physician assistant (associate)
Course format: Course format:
On campus:

  • Evenings
  • Weekends
  • Online (live and on-demand options)
  • On campus (nights or weekends)

Your customized course curriculum will be based on your chosen curriculum track, an assessment of the courses you took as part of your undergraduate degree, and the courses you’ll need to fill gaps and complete prerequisites. 

Most students take a mix of core courses and electives in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and math. 

Cost & Aid

The total cost of the program will depend on how many courses (credits) you need to complete the requirements of your chosen programs and schools.

  • Course tuition: A 2022-23 four-credit undergraduate course costs $1,980 ($495 per credit).
  • Financial aid: After admission, you may qualify for federal aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.
  • Reduced Harvard Summer School tuition: You’ll pay Harvard Extension School tuition rates for Summer School courses as a student in the program. 
  • Payment plan: Program participants may be eligible to enroll in an interest-free payment plan for fall, spring, and summer tuition.

Admission

Admission to the Premedical Program

Students in the postbaccalaureate Premedical Program are chosen through a selective application process. The application process is the same for all students interested in pursuing medical school, physician assistant school, dental school, and veterinary school. 

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Are a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have English language proficiency.

Applications for the Premedical Program are accepted between February 1 and May 1.