Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies: Medicine Pathway (BS/MD)

with St. George's  University 

Location: Boston

As a physician, you have the power to lead your patients’ healthcare by diagnosing and treating their injuries or illnesses. This program allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

In this professional pathway, academically motivated international students have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science from MCPHS and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine. At MCPHS, you’ll receive a challenging baccalaureate curriculum that prepares you for professional study. You’ll spend the next two years of medical study at SGU, and the final two years in clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States and/or the United Kingdom, preparing you to become a medical doctor. With this joint program, which can be completed in seven or eight years, you can be admitted to medical school without needing to take the MCAT*.

*U.S. citizens or permanent residents may also apply for the joint program. However, you will be required to obtain a competitive score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A competitive score is defined as within the 500 range on the new MCAT exam. SGU may also require an IELTS exam based on your command of the English language.

International applicants can view the admission requirements for their application to MCPHS on the International Applicants page.

In order to continue on to SGU, students must earn a 3.4 GPA and complete the following courses at MCPHS with no grade less than a C*:

  • General Biology, Zoology, Physiology, Genetics, or Anatomy with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 credits) OR Organic Chemistry with lab (4 credits) AND Biochemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics with lab (4 credits)
  • Math, Calculus or Statistics (3 credits)
  • English, Humanities, or Social Sciences with writing component (3 credits)

*Our agreements with partnering institutions require that students complete all of their coursework at MCPHS. For that reason, we are unable to accept transfer students into this pathway program.

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 150L

Biology I Laboratory

1

BIO 151

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CHE 131

Chemical Principles I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

TOTAL


15

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab)

4

CHE 132

Chemical Principles II (w/ lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120 or LIB 133

Introduction to Psychology or American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

TOTAL


17

If LIB 120 is completed in Year I Spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation Seminar

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

BEH

Behavioral Sciences* Elective #1

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

TOTAL


17

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 234L

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

SSC 230

Cultural Anthropology

3

TOTAL


14

If LIB 133 is completed in Year I spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation Seminar

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

SSC 230

Cultural Anthropology

3

TOTAL


14

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Behavioral Sciences* Elective #1

3

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 234L

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

TOTAL


17

*BEH elective choices for PMHS majors include: (BEH 250) Health Psychology; (BEH 405) Mind/Body Medicine; (BEH 260) Behavioral Health; (BEH 341) Biological Psychology; (BEH 454) Stress & Illness; (BEH 351) Social Psychology; (BEH 352) Human Development Through the Life Cycle

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Behavioral Sciences Elective #2

3

BIO 346

Applied Concepts in Public Health

3

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

BIO

Advanced Biology*** Elective #1

3

PHY 270 or PHY 280**

Foundations of Physics I or Physics I (w/lab)

3 or 4

PHY 272L (if PHY 270)

Foundations of Physics I Laboratory

1 or 0

TOTAL


17

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3


Liberal Arts elective****

3

PHY 274 or PHY 284

Foundations of Physics II (w/ lab) or Physics II (w/ lab)

4

SSC 495

Evolution of the Health Professions

3

BIO

Advanced Biology*** Elective #2

 

3

TOTAL


16

**PHY 280/284 is meant for students who will be taking professional school entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT, GRE or OAT.

***Advanced Bio Electives include: (BIO 434) Immunology; (BIO 332) Genetics; (BIO 405) Plagues of the Past, Present & Future; (BIO 430) Molecular Biology of Cancer; (BIO 455) Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab); (PSB 328/329) Physiology/Pathophysiology I & II; (BIO 450) Cell Biology; (BIO 351/352) Advanced Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; (BIO 3xx) Applied Human Physiology; or approved COF upper level BIO course

****Liberal Arts elective can be in any 3 semester hour courses in the following areas: BEH, HUM, SCC, language or communication courses.

Year IV-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

HUM

Humanities Elective

3


General Electives

12

TOTAL


15

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 480

Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar

3


General Electives

9

TOTAL


12

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 123 s.h.

 

3 + 4 Pathway

Very high-achieving high school students, who are admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies program (or to any MCPHS premed pathway), have the opportunity to apply for the 3 + 4 option and complete their undergraduate and medical school education in seven years instead of eight.

MCPHS will review your academic record through the documents included in your MCPHS application. You have the option of sending in additional documents (new grades, recent internships, additional recommendations). All documents submitted to MCPHS will be shared with SGU and go on to a selection committee. You may be invited to an undergraduate interview. If selected, you will receive a conditional letter of admission from SGU, reserving your seat in an accredited medical school right out of high school!

For more information about the 3 + 4 option please contact:
Ita Duron-Hermouet, Director of Admission, International Research and Strategy
T +1.617.732.2109 | ita.hermouet@mcphs.edu

4 + 4 Pathway

Students not admitted to the 3 + 4 option, also have the opportunity to apply to SGU in their fourth year at MCPHS. You'll graduate after four years with a Bachelor of Science* from MCPHS and then transition seamlessly into SGU’s four-year medical program. In this option, you’ll complete your undergraduate and medical school education in the traditional eight years.

*List of Pre-Approved Majors for the 4 + 4 option: Premedical and Health Studies, Medical and Molecular Biology, Health Psychology, Health Sciences, Chemistry, PharmD, Public Health. Please note: Students in the PharmD program will graduate from MCPHS in 6 years.

For more information on the 4 + 4 option, including how to apply in your fourth year at MCPHS, the SGU requirements, or whether you can still apply if your major is not on this list, can please contact:
Ned Barden, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
T: +1.617.732.2944 | ned.barden@mcphs.edu

Founded in 1976, St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending St. George’s enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically-advanced facilities of a world-class institution.

Learn more about St George's University School of Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.