What is the Pennsylvania State-Jefferson Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program?

The Pennsylvania State-Jefferson Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program is often referred to as PMM, or “Penn State BS MD.” In seven years, instead of eight years, you receive both a B.S. degree and an M.D. degree. Although you are limited to a B.S., keep in mind that you may choose to obtain a minor from Penn State during your undergraduate studies.

Why Choose Penn-State Jefferson BS MD?
  • Because of the program’s shorter length, this is a great option for students committed to medicine who want to save a year of schooling in an already lengthy educational pathway.
  • You will get a great foundation of science courses throughout the seven years. Among colleges and universities, Penn State is ranked #57 nationally in the US.
  • Have the opportunity to take undergraduate courses that are interesting to you.
  • More lenient GPA and MCAT standards compared to normal admissions (Sidney Kimmel Medical College has a median accepted applicant GPA/MCAT of 3.71/514).
  • Attend the #1 public university in Pennsylvania!
  • Exposure to a quainter college town in State College as an undergraduate and a more vibrant city in Philadelphia during medical school!

Program Overview

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Program Overview:

For the first 3 years (Year 1 – Year 3), you will be a Penn State undergraduate student and take your pre-med requirements as well as other courses for your Bachelor’s Degree. You have the option adding on a minor as well. Major courses are courses similar to pre-med requirements at other schools, including general physics, general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry (including laboratory courses).


In addition to your major and pre-medical preparatory courses, you will also take general education courses to fulfill the university’s breadth requirements and ensure a broad liberal arts education. General education courses are taken in domains of arts, humanities, social sciences, and health, including writing and public speaking. For a full list of general education courses, see Penn State’s official course list of general education courses.


Keep reading for details about the Pennsylvania State-Jefferson Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program curriculum!


For the last 4 years (Year 4 – Year 7), you will be in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University taking courses to fulfill your M.D. degree. These include your pre-clinical coursework as well as clinical rotations. For more information about the Thomas Jefferson University (Kimmel) Medical School curriculum, check out their official website!


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Students must score a minimum composite score of 504 with no lower than 126 on any subsection. Students must also maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, particularly in the sciences, or else they may be asked to withdraw from the program.

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The Insider’s View on Penn State BS MD Curriculum

Pennsylvania State-Jefferson Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program Curriculum Details:

Here is what a sample Penn State BS MD curriculum (there are multiple ways to move through the curriculum) looks like:

First Year, PMM I


  • BIOL 110 Biology Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (4 cr)
  • CHEM 110 Chemical Principles I (3 cr)
  • CHEM 111 Experimental Chemistry I (1 cr)
  • MATH 140B Calculus and Biology I; or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (4 cr)
  • PSU 16 First-Year Seminar Science (1 cr)
  • General Education Course (3 cr)


  • BIOL 230W Biology: Molecules and Cells; or alternate options (4 cr)
  • CHEM 112 Chemical Principles II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 113 Experimental Chemistry II (1 cr)
  • MATH 141B Calculus and Biology II; or MATH 141 Calculus With Analytic Geometry II (4 cr)
  • ENGL 15 Rhetoric and Composition; ENGL 30 Honors Freshman Composition; or ESL 15 ESL Composition for American Academic Communication II (3 cr)
  • General Education Course (GHW) (1.5 cr)

Second Year, PMM II


  • CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C Effective Speech (3 cr)
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
  • MICRB 201 Introductory Microbiology; or alternate options (3 cr)
  • PHYS 211 General Physics: Mechanics (4 cr)
  • General Education Course (3 cr)


  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 213 W Laboratory in Organic Chemistry – Writing Intensive (2 cr)
  • PHYS 212 General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr)
  • General Education Course (3 cr); and General Education Course (GHW) (1.5 cr); and Supporting Course (3 cr)

Third Year, PMM III


  • BMB 401 General Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • ENG 202A Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences (3 cr)
  • PHYS 213 General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (2 cr)
  • PHYS 214 General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (2 cr)
  • World Language Level 1
  • General Education Course (3 cr)


  • BMB 402 General Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • World Language Level 2
  • General Education Course (3 cr)
  • General Education Course (3 cr)
  • Supporting Course (1 cr)

Fourth Year, SKMC I

  • First-year medical subjects
  • Pre-clinical sciences

Fifth Year, SKMC II

  • Second-year medical subjects

Sixth Year, SKMC III

  • Third-year medical subjects
  • Clerkships

Seventh Year, SKMC IV

  • Fourth-year medical subjects
  • Programmed electives

Source: Penn State University website, premedical-medical B.S. – https://bulletins.psu.edu/undergraduate/colleges/eberly-science/premedical-medical-bs/#suggestedacademicplantext



Dr. Ronald Markle is the PMM program advisor and a valuable resource for BS/MD students throughout their time in the program. For example, all PMM students are enrolled in a freshman seminar with Dr. Markle during their initial semester to introduce them to different student organizations, help them develop academic skills, and provide an avenue of communication with faculty. In addition, PMM students are collaborative across years as older students often serve as a source of knowledge about the school, classes, extracurriculars, and social scene.


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Penn State Undergraduate Student Life:

  • Penn State is known to have a vibrant and active social scene. For example, Penn State’s campus is known as the “Happy Valley” as students are generally happy and supported.
  • There are also many extracurriculars for pre-meds to pursue. A list can be found here.
  • As a public research university, there are many opportunities for students to get involved in undergraduate research.


Medical School Student Life:

  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College (Jefferson) is known for its clinical training and new curriculum, JeffMD, which integrates scientific and clinical knowledge to provide students early clinical exposure and a more cohesive educational experience.
  • Read more about Sidney Kimmel Medical College here on their official website.
  • Several SKMC students conduct research. There are opportunities for medical students to receive funding for their work, work with renowned faculty, and seek mentorship from advisors in medical specialties of interest to benefit residency applications and learn more about a specific area of interest.  


Financial Aid:

While attending Penn State, students pay regular university tuition and are not eligible for tuition scholarships (e.g. Schreyer Honors College or Braddock scholarships). At SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, students pay the regular rate and are eligible for financial aid consideration in accordance with the medical school’s standard policies.

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