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

Pathway with St. George's  University 

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a physician, you have the power to lead your patients’ healthcare by diagnosing and treating their injuries or illnesses. This 7-year pathway allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, progress into Medical School after only 3 years of undergraduate study, and be 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, 3rd-year students in the Pre-Medical and Health studies major, or the Medical and Molecular Biology major, as well as all graduates of MCPHS, 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.

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*:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

SGU may also require proof of English Language Proficiency.

(Variations on this curriculum are possible. Please see the MCPHS University Catalog for a detailed description of the program curriculum.)

YEAR I Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151/150L

Biology I (w/lab)

4

CHE 131/131L

Chemical Principles I (w/lab)

4

ITM 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

YEAR I Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152/152L

Biology II (w/lab)

4

CHE 132/132L

Chemical Principles II (w/lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

YEAR II Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231/231L

Organic Chemistry I (w/lab)

4

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

YEAR II Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255/255L

Medical Microbiology (w/lab)

4

CHE 232/234L

Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)

4

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

YEAR III Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

PHY 270/272L

Or

PHY 280/280L

Foundations of Physics I (w/lab)

Or

Physics I (w/lab)

 

 

4

BIO 351/351L

 Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab)

4

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

General Elective

3

YEAR III Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

PHY 274/274L

Or

PHY 284/284L

Foundations of Physics II (w/lab)

Or

Physics II (w/lab)

 

 

4

BIO 352/352L

Advanced Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab)

4

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Liberal Arts Elective

3

Students in the 3+4 pathway accepted to SGU School of Medicine begin the program after year 3.

YEAR IV Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

 

Humanities Elective

3

 

General Electives

11

YEAR IV Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 480

Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar

3

 

General Electives

9

 

3 + 4 Pathway

Very high-achieving high school students, who are admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies or Medical and Molecular Biology programs, have the opportunity to apply for the accelerated 3 + 4 option, in which students begin medical school after their third year of undergraduate study at MCPHS. After completing medical school at SGU, students receive both a B.S. and M.D. degree 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 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.

Transfer students and current MCPHS students are also eligible to join this pathway.

MCPHS Graduate Option

Students also have the opportunity to apply to SGU in their final year at MCPHS or after graduation. After graduating from MCPHS and completing the required courses for admission to medical school, you will then transition seamlessly into SGU’s four-year medical program. All majors are eligible for this option.

For more information about these options please contact:
Ita Duron, Executive Director of Global Strategies & International Programs
T +1.617.732.2109 | ita.duron@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.