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Wilkes University has a long-standing tradition
of educating students who become health care professionals in a variety of community settings -— large and small, rural and urban.
The Health Sciences Programs at Wilkes offers you
a broad choice of medical and allied health professions. More than 90% of students who have strong academic and service records, complete the Premedical Core, and receive Letters of Evaluation from the Health Sciences Committee, are accepted into professional schools. Wilkes students who took the MCAT (medical school entrance exam) in 2012 had an average score of 29.55, compared to the national average of 25.70.
Premedical Professional Programs
Our Liberal Arts curriculum offers you strong and well-planned preparation for professional training.
Special Admission Programs
Early Admission Programs in Allopathic Medicine are open to high school seniors. Selected students are guaranteed seats in a specific medical school upon completion of the bachelor's degree and premedical requirements set by that medical school.
Guthrie or WVHCS Premedical Scholars Program with Penn State Hershey is available for up to two students per year. To be considered, you must have a minimum SAT score of 1250, a high GPA, rank in the top 10% of your high school class, be committed to a career in family practice medicine, and be from a rural or medically underserved area of Pennsylvania. (The new SAT writing sample will be considered, but no official minimum score has been determined.)
Guthrie Premedical Scholars Program with the State University of New York Upstate Medical University is available for up to two students per year. To be considered, you must have a minimum SAT score of 1200, high GPA, rank in top 10% of high school class, be interested in a career in medicine and be from the rural counties of the southern tier of New York.
Early Admission Program in Optometry. Up to six students per year are simultaneously admitted to Wilkes and are assured admission to SUNY College of Optometry. You must have a minimum SAT score of 1200, a minimum high school grade-point average of 93, and place in the top 10% of your high school class. (The new SAT writing sample will be considered, but no official minimum score has been determined.)
Seven-Year Affiliated Medical Programs
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, up to 15 seats per year
- Temple University School of Dentistry, minimum of four seats per year
- Pennsylvania College of Optometry, up to four seats per year
- Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine -- up to six seats per year
- State University of New York, up to 6 seats per year
Students spend three years at Wilkes and four years at the affiliated medical school. Courses completed in the first year of medical school transfer back to Wilkes to fulfill graduation requirements for the Wilkes bachelor's degree.
Allied Health Professional Programs
Pre-Physical Therapy prepares you for a three-year doctoral level physical therapy degree program. Wilkes has affiliations with Widener University and Temple University. Wilkes has developed a core, which includes a sequence of courses that are common at most physical therapy schools. A minimum of a master's degree in physical therapy is required in order to practice. Therefore, acceptance to a graduate level program must follow completion of the Wilkes baccalaureate degree.
The program with Widener conditionally accepts exceptionally qualified students upon graduation from high school, with the provision that they complete the program's pre-requisites in either three or four years at Wilkes. Students must apply to this early decision program by January 1 of the senior year of high school.
Pre-Occupational Therapy prepares you for a graduate-level occupational therapy degree program. Wilkes has an affiliation in occupational therapy with Temple University. Wilkes has developed a sequence of courses identified by The American Association of Occupational Therapy Schools as common prerequisites for the occupational therapy degree.
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology)
Upon completion of three years of undergraduate education at Wilkes, you may apply and be accepted to any medical technology program affiliated with the national medical technology certification board.
Following graduation from a program, you will be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Wilkes, and will be eligible for certification as a medical technologist. Wilkes has an affiliation with the Robert Packer Medical Technology Program in Sayre, PA.