Accelerated Biophysics (BS) and Medical Degree (MD/DO)

Accelerated Biophysics (BS) and Medical Degree (MD/DO)

Accelerated 7 year (3+4) Biophysics (BS) and Medical Degree (MD/DO)

In partnership with the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM), Rowan University is proud to offer several accelerated 7-Year Medical Programs (also called 3+4 year programs) to incoming freshman. These rigorous, accelerated degree programs provide an opportunity for exceptional students to apply to medical school during their junior year at Rowan and enter medical school in their fourth year.  Students who successfully complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and go on to a partnering medical school to complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) in seven years, rather than the traditional eight.
 
While acceptance into the undergraduate program at Rowan University does not guarantee acceptance into the partnering medical school, students will benefit from additional exposure to the medical school campus, supportive pre-health workshops, and enrichment activities. Further, our accelerated BS/MD and BS/DO programs are supported by the Rowan University Office of Health Professions, which offers one-on-one student advising on coursework and preparing for the medical school application process.
 
Through the Department of Physics & Astronomy, students may pursue one of the following:
  • Biophysics (BS) and Medicine (MD): After students complete their junior year at Rowan University, they may apply to begin medical studies at CMSRU in what would traditionally be their senior year. Rowan University will confer a BS degree after the successful completion of 1st year medical school courses at CMSRU. Upon completion of all undergraduate curricular and extracurricular requirements, candidates in this track must submit an application and MCAT results to CMSRU and successfully complete an interview with the admissions committee.  BS/MD Sample Course Sequence
  • Biophysics (BS) and Osteopathic Medicine (DO): After students complete their junior year at Rowan University, they may apply to begin osteopathic medicine studies at SOM in what would traditionally be their senior year. Rowan University will confer a BS degree after the successful completion of 1st year medical school courses at SOM. Upon completion of all undergraduate curricular and extracurricular requirements, candidates in this track must submit an application and MCAT results to SOM and successfully complete an interview with the admissions committee.  BS/DO Sample Course Sequence
 
The BS in in Biophysics is an interdisciplinary program that applies physics-based methods to study biological systems.  Biophysics is a great choice for students who excel in mathematics and physics but are interested in problems related to biology or medicine. Rowan's Biophysics program begins with general physics courses geared toward the development of mathematical and analytical skills along with introductory work in biology and chemistry. Upper level courses refine these skills, shape advanced problem-solving capabilities and begin focusing students on biological and biomedical applications of physics.  Students in this program are required  to participate in undergraduate laboratory-based research.
 
For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below, visit the Office of Health Professions website or directly contact Dr. Deneen Hendrick, Coordinator of Pre-Health Studies, at hendrick@rowan.edu or Cristine Mason, Department of Physics & Astronomy advisor at physics-advising@rowan.edu.
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 
What is the 7-Year Accelerated (3+4-Year) BS/MD or BS/DO program?
It is a joint undergraduate-medical degree program in which a student spends three years at Rowan University in an approved major, and four additional years at one of Rowan University's medical schools (CMSRU or SOM).  Approved undergraduate majors currently include Biochemistry, Biophysics, or Molecular & Cellular Biosciences. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school (year four), the student is granted the BS degree in the chosen undergraduate major from Rowan University. The MD or DO degree is awarded after successful completion of the program in the seventh year by CMSRU or SOM, respectively. Note that students must apply to transfer their credits from CMSRU or SOM back to Rowan University for completion of the BS degree. Note, acceptance into the undergraduate program at Rowan University, does not guarantee acceptance into the partnering medical school.

Who can apply to one of these programs?
These programs are only open to incoming freshmen students. They are not open to currently enrolled students, transfer students, or any student who is not making the direct transition from high school to first year of college. Academic eligibility is discussed below.

How do I apply to one of these programs?
A completed application must be received by December 1, 2020.  The application consists of the following:
  • Common Application
  • Application fee/waiver
  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • At least 1 letter of recommendation
  • Essay

Applicants interested in the 7-Year Accelerated (3+4-Year) BS/MD or BS/DO program must select one of the following majors to be considered:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology

Students interested in 7-Year Accelerated (3+4-Year) BS/MD or BS/DO should indicate on the Common Application that they are interested in Medicine and that they would like to be considered for the program. Complete this in the “Program Selection” part of the “Questions” section of the Common Application. Applications will be reviewed after the December application deadline.  We encourage interested students to contact Dr. Deneen Hendrick, Coordinator of Pre-Health Studies at hendrick@rowan.edu with any questions or concerns and to confirm their application materials have been received before the December 1, 2020 deadline. 

While we do review the high school transcript, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores, there is a heavy emphasis on the content in your Common Application essay, letter(s) of recommendation, or other supplemental information you may submit. From our initial pool of applicants, we will identify students who we believe are good candidates.  Selected students will be contacted with information on next steps including supplemental application materials and candidate interviews.

What are the minimum academic requirements to apply for admission to a 7-year medical program?
While each year’s pool of candidates can be dramatically different, in past years we have had a minimum GPA requirement of 3.5 (4.0 scale) and SAT requirement of 1360 SAT (Math & Critical Reading sections) or 28 ACT composite score. In previous years, successful applicants who were admitted to the program were also able to demonstrate a passion for medicine, an interest in the mission of their intended medical school, and a strong desire to attend Rowan University.
 
Are these programs the only pathway to medical school from Rowan University?
No. Keep in mind that you don't have to be in an accelerated degree program, or a science major to apply to a medical or other health professional program as long as you complete the necessary prerequisite coursework. Students are encouraged to explore majors that they will enjoy and that will provide them with the best chance for academic success. Rowan majors in Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, English, and Psychology and have been accepted to medical, dental and other health professional schools. Rowan University’s Office of Health Professions is available to provide advising to all undergraduate students interested in medical programs. 
 
Does Rowan partner with other institutions and in other health fields?
In addition to CMSRU and SOM, Rowan also partners with other institutions that lead to degrees in podiatric medicine, dental medicine, and optometry. For more information please contact the Office of Health Professions.