The Pre-Medical Program prepares undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students for application to the health professional schools of medicine (allopathic or osteopathic), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine; physician and pathology assistant programs; and careers in biomedical research. Supervised by a Pre-Medical Committee composed of faculty members from various relevant departments and chaired by the pre-medical director, the program consists of an individualized selection of course work, personal counseling, academic support, and junior/senior year biomedical research internship (for students who academically qualify) at a medical school or research institute.
Students in the program, regardless of academic major, are expected to maintain the high standards of performance necessary for health professional school admission. For highly select undergraduates, early assurance programs are available in affiliation with Penn State University College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Dental Medicine, Lake Erie School of Dental Medicine and Arcadia University's M.S. in physician assistant studies program.
The West Chester University Pre-Medical program selects for admission those applicants who exhibit strong potential for achieving success in a health professional career; in addition to strong academic grades and SAT scores, evidence of experience in a relevant health care setting is expected. From the very beginning, you will receive individual guidance and support to help you realize that potential. Under these supportive conditions, you are removed form the destructive competition that you may experience in a pre-medical program where students must compete for the committee's recommendation to medical school. Instead, at WCU you can focus your energy and talents on working toward the positive goal of maintaining high standards of academic performance and engaging in meaningful extracurricular activities, in atmosphere conducive to friendship and cooperation among other students.
As a medium-sized school with small classes in almost all courses, West Chester University works to foster a close relationship between students and faculty. University faculty teach all classes, whether they be lectures, labs or recitations, which allows those faculty to be acquainted with students in and out of the classroom. In addition, our small pre-medical program is structured with seminars and information sessions so that we get to know each student well; consequently, we can offer each student the highly personalized academic assistance and career guidance needed to achieve his or her goal of medical (or other health professional) school admission.
The Pre-Health Professional Program (formally PreMed program) has a new Director, Dr. Donze-Reiner. She was awarded a PhD in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. During her post-doctoral training she mentored 8 graduate and 4 undergraduate students in molecular biology techniques and authored 11 publications. Dr. Donze-Reiner joined the biology faculty in 2015 and teaches courses in Genetics and Molecular biology. She has mentored 10 WCU undergraduates in gene expression analysis associated with disease and infestations of switchgrass, a potential biofuel source. She was also a Co-Editor for a special topic journal in Frontiers in Plant Science. She is currently an academic advisor for the Cell and Molecular Biology concentration, receiving three consecutive recognition awards for outstanding advising.