Rutgers combined medical program

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Program Overview

The Rutgers Honors College–New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 4+4 Program with an Emphasis in Global Health is a special partnership between the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the M.D. program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Rutgers Global Health Institute.

The 4+4 Program is an opportunity for students to attain a rich, four-year undergraduate experience where they can major in any subject at Rutgers–New Brunswick, a premier research university, with the confidence of a conditional guarantee to medical school admission at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School without taking the MCAT.

The 4+4 is a unique offering that is designed to educate the doctors and medical professionals the world will need in the 21st Century. No longer taught or practiced based strictly upon clinical science and knowledge, the field of medicine increasingly demands interdisciplinary learning, broad-based critical thinking, collaboration, and teamwork with global perspectives. These are, in fact, the core commitments of the Honors College­ curricula and living-learning community.

From the very beginning of their first year, Honors College 4+4 students will have dedicated academic advising, physician shadowing opportunities, medical school mentorship, special course opportunities and coursework, and an integrated commitment to engaging with both local and international Global Public Health initiatives in partnership with the Office of Global Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers Global Health Institute.

Students admitted to the program will reserve a seat in the M.D. program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provided that they meet ALL the eligibility and performance criteria and other requirements. Students admitted to the program reserve a seat in RWJMS upon completion of their undergraduate studies at Rutgers–New Brunswick as an Honors College Scholar, and fulfilling the standard pre-med requirements.

The program is NOT designed as an accelerated program.

Prospective Students


  • Invited incoming in-state students from the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, planning to start in the fall of 2021.
  • Selected students will be sent a letter of invitation to apply.
  • Residency: Currently this opportunity is open to New Jersey scholars who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US with a permanent alien registration card in their possession prior to matriculation into the MD program.
  • If you were not invited to apply and are still interested in the program, please email [email protected]

Process and Timeline

Eligible students will be sent a letter of invitation to apply, which involves sending a letter of interest by June 15 highlighting their commitment to a career in medicine as well as their views on how taking a global perspective in their medical education will help to improve the development of healthcare and treatment of patients locally and worldwide. Outstanding applicants will be selected for an in-person interview to occur in late July or early August at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Final decisions will be announced by August 15, 2021.

Current 4+4 Students:

GPA Requirement

  • Year 1 End of spring semester: 3.500 GPA (New Presidential Scholar requirement)
  • Year 4 At graduation: 3.600 GPA and completion of Bachelor’s Degree, pre-med, and Honors College requirements

Interview and Faculty Recommendations

Students must pass an interview with the College of Medicine in early fall (August/September) of the 3rd year. At the end of Spring semester of the 2nd year, students must provide 2 faculty evaluations.

Global Health

Students must take at least one upper division course in Global Health.

Clinical Experience

Consistency of medical volunteering and clinical shadowing experience.
Shadowing is essential since much of the learning needed to become a good physician comes from careful observation of and reflection on clinical experiences. Examples of acceptable experience include service in an emergency room, physician’s office, or clinic. Students should complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved clinical experience.

Service Hours

The community service experience must be designed to promote ethical development, self-awareness and a sense of social responsibility. Commitment to serving others is most effectively demonstrated by uncompensated, face-to-face engagement with individuals who are under served. Students should complete a minimum of 75 contact hours of volunteer community service under the supervision of the Honors College.

Early Graduation

Students who want to graduate from Rutgers-New Brunswick in less than 4 years forfeit the guaranteed seat in the MD program at RWJMS. However, they are still eligible to apply through the regular RWJMS application process. Students who accept admittance to the 4+4 program will not be eligible to apply for the 7-year accelerated BA/MD program with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Matriculation into RWJMS does not require the MCAT. However, if students are interested in applying to other medical schools and learning more about scholarship opportunities, they will be encouraged to take the MCAT.


If you have any questions related to the 4+4 program, please email [email protected]


BA/MD Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences


This program is designed for high-achieving premedical students of Rutgers University who are in their sophomore year.  Accepted students will be expected to complete all Rutgers core requirements by the end of their junior year.  In their senior year, students will take the complete first year curriculum at RWJ Medical School.  Students will receive RU credit for select medical school courses toward completion of their major and elective credit toward their undergraduate degree.

Benefits for students accepted into the program include:

  • Students will have a conditional, early-acceptance to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    (please see grade requirements below).
  • Students will pay only for three years of tuition at Rutgers + 4 years tuition at RWJMS.
  • Credits for some classes taken during the first year at the medical school will count toward both the MD and the BA/BS degrees.

To apply, students must have completed the following criteria:

  • They must have completed 4 semesters of college, with a minimum of 60 credits. Note, applicants with an Associate’s Degree, regardless of whether it was earned as a dual degree in high school or as a traditional degree after high school, are ineligible to apply for the program.
  • As a minimum, they must be enrolled for one year at RU-NB, earning 30 credits.
  • They must have earned and maintain a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.5 at Rutgers.
  • Two semesters of General Biology with lab, two semesters of General Chemistry with lab, two semesters of Organic Chemistry (lab may be taken in the Junior year), one semester of college-level Mathematics, and one semester of English.
  • If AP or transfer credit was granted for General Biology, two other approved biology courses (200-level courses or higher) must be taken at Rutgers University.
  • Matriculation into the medical school is conditional upon meeting additional requirements in the junior and senior year.

The application can be obtained by emailing the Health Professions Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and, without exception, must be submitted by May 28 @ 5pm. In addition to the application, a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation from Rutgers faculty must be submitted on behalf of the applicant to the HPO office. These must include a minimum of one letter from Rutgers faculty members in science or mathematics courses and a minimum of one letter from Rutgers faculty in non-science courses. Recommendations from teaching assistants are acceptable.

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The College of New Jersey’s (TCNJ) 7 year Accelerated BS/MD program with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is a program that is offered to motivated, academically brilliant students who are committed to pursuing a career in medicine. Three years are spent at TCNJ and the other four years are at NJMS. Students are allowed to choose from a wide variety of TCNJ undergraduate majors such as, but not limited to, Biology, Chemistry, History, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics.


Typical Program Statistics

  • # of students who apply: 400
  • # of students academically eligible to interview: 200
  • # of students who receive an interview at TCNJ: 100
  • # of students who receive an interview at NJMS: 80
  • # of students who are accepted into the Seven-Year Program: 40
  • # of students who enter program Fall semester: 20
  • Recent average SAT of accepted students: 1534
  • Recent average GPA of accepted students (Unweighted): 4.72 or 100.05%

Requirements to apply:

Students must have a minimum SAT score of 1500 from ONE TEST DATE or a 34 or higher composite ACT score

Students must be in the top 5% and have an unweighted GPA of 4.5 or 95%, depending on how the school evaluates grades

SAT II and AP tests are optional to report

Newly added for the 2018-2019 cycle: Students will be given a supplemental application if they meet basic requirements and based on the supplemental application, it will be determined if student receives first TCNJ interview.


TCNJ interview: The student will go on a tour of TCNJ with 2 current BS/MD students. Then, the student has an interview with a faculty member at TCNJ. Out of state students may opt to have a phone interview instead. This is typically a 30-minute interview. Interview format is very simple, relaxed, and one-on-one.

NJMS interview: If the TCNJ interview is favorable, the student will be invited to interview at NJMS. All invited applicants must attend this interview in person. Students can choose a date from available interview dates. This interview is with a faculty member at NJMS and usually lasts around an hour (however this can vary from interview to interview). Either before or after the interview, the applicant is given a tour of the main building by a current student.

Undergraduate experience:

Students are free to choose from majors other than biology; however, majoring in biology allows for most students in the program to finish earlier than the typical 3 years. Although finishing early does not allow for the student to matriculate to NJMS early, the free time off allows for students to pursue unique opportunities such as study abroad in places like Spain, Italy, Oxford and more and research internships across the United States. Students are also encouraged to join extracurricular clubs.

Personally, I was on a dance team and joined a Greek organization. Other activities my friends pursued include student government, ultimate frisbee, tennis, and research at TCNJ.

I am spending my free semester before medical school doing research as a coordinator in a hospital. Upperclassmen as well as advisors were there for me every step of the way, encouraging me to pursue my other interests as well as guide me throughout my time at TCNJ. This program is financially a great choice, and the decision to finish a semester or more early also saves tuition and allows for the opportunity to earn money through a full time job before medical school.


TCNJ has a great culture and the tight knit community. The campus is not too big or too small, allowing for a great student to professor ratio and the ability to see familiar faces around campus all the time. There are constantly events throughout the campus like the yearly fall and spring concerts that bring celebrities such as Kesha, 21 Savage, and Designer. There are multicultural events held nearly every week which have food and performances put on by students. Because of its prime location, TCNJ students enjoy going to Philadelphia or Princeton during the weekends with friends. TCNJ is also affordable. As a public school, TCNJ offers low-cost tuition to NJ residents. Furthermore, the program tends to give substantial scholarships to its students. The number of out of state students in the program is growing year after year as well!

Undergraduate Program requirements:

It is very rare for students in the program to not matriculate to NJMS. Advisers constantly work with you to make sure you’re staying on top of the requirements and the matriculation rate to NJMS of the program students is nearly 100%.

The requirement for matriculation into the medical school including completing the three-year undergraduate curriculum at TCNJ in an approved major, and earning a 3.5 (B+) cumulative and science average GPA EACH semester;

Earn a B or better in each of the basic science courses required by the Medical School (Foundations of Biological Inquiry, General Chemistry I/II, Organic Chemistry I/II, and Physics I/II);

Earn no grade below a C in any course;

Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) no later than the SPRING of the third (and last) year at TCNJ. There is no minimum score required; and

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must obtain U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by the time you ENTER NJMS.

Medical School Experience

NJMS is known for its academic experience and balance between classroom learning and real world learning. NJMS uses a patient-centered, organ system approach alongside giving early clinical experiences to students. There are 3 phases. Phase 1 is Foundations of Medicine, which consists of Core Biomedical Curriculum and Capstone. Phase 2 begins in May of the second year with core clerkship experiences. Lastly, Phase 3 consists of acting internships and clinical immersion electives. These 3 phases allow for the students to gain much exposure to the various fields within medicine to finally make the decision of what specific career to pursue.

A new option that NJMS is starting for the newest entering class is an Accelerated 3 Year Primary Care MD program. The program just began as an effort to address the current national shortage of primary care physicians in the US. Interested students can apply to this program, and about 5 students will be accepted for the specialties of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Combined Medicine/Pediatrics (Med Peds) before the start of their first year of medical school.

NJMS has a 98% match rate with students going into a wide range of residencies including Thoracic Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Ophthalmology, and Anesthesiology. Hospitals that were matched to include Yale New Haven, Mayo Clinic, Duke, and University of Pennsylvania.

Why BS/MD?

Because of the flexibility of this program, I could pursue my other interests without the pressure of doing typical pre-med activities and constantly worrying about my GPA and MCAT. Furthermore, with the ability to finish my undergraduate curriculum early, I was able to delve into a real job which will give me useful patient experiences that will help me at medical school. Furthermore, gaining acceptance to NJMS, a school known for its goal of working with diverse communities, fits with my goals as a physician.


7 Year Program for High School Seniors

Program Overview:

The 7 year program consists of three years at an undergraduate school followed by a four-year medical program. Although not used to determine admission, the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) must be taken by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. Promotion to the medical school is contingent upon achieving grades of B or better in all premedical courses and maintaining an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 each semester. The baccalaureate degree is awarded by the undergraduate institution upon completion of the first year of medical school. The MD degree is awarded by NJMS upon successful completion of all NJMS degree requirements.


Applicants must be high school seniors in the top 10 percent of their class and have a minimum combined score of 1400 on the Verbal and Math sections of the SAT.

The application process is initiated through one of our affiliated undergraduate institutions (listed below). The application deadline to the undergraduate schools is November 1st of senior year. Only those applicants with very strong support from the affiliated undergraduate school will be considered for a MD program interview.

We currently have a joint baccalaureate-MD degree program with the following institutions:

Caldwell University
Patrick Colligan
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Office of Admissions
Call/Text (973) 287-3539
Fax (973) 618-3600

Drew University
Colby McCarthy
Dean of Enrollment Management
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940
Email: [email protected]
Phone 973-408-3250

New Jersey Institute of Technology 
Louis Hamilton, PhD 
Dean, Albert Dorman Honors College
323 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: 973-642-7664; 973-596-3057 
Email: [email protected]

Rutgers University-Newark 
Chazz Fellenz, MPA
Assistant Dean, Pre-Professional Services
360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Hill Hall Room 301
Newark, NJ 07102
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 973-353-2535

Stevens Institute of Technology 
Brianne Kain
Assistant Director for Recruitment
Undergraduate Admissions
1 Castle Point Terrace
Hoboken, NJ 07030
O: 201.216.5196
C: 201.207.0644

St. Peter's University
Kayleigh Galbraith 
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, Office of Admission
SAINT PETER'S UNIVERSITY | 2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard | Jersey City, NJ 07306
p: (201) 761-7114 | c: (201) 918-8218 | f: (201) 761-7105

The College of New Jersey 
Dennis Shevlin, PhD
Chairman, Medical Careers Committee 
The College of New Jersey 
PO Box 7718 
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718 
Phone: (609) 771-2021


Program medical rutgers combined

Accelerated 3-Year MD Program

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School developed an Accelerated 3-Year MD Program in an effort to address the national shortage of primary care physicians and particularly the needs of the Newark community. This program allows students who have a strong interest in a primary care career to complete their MD degree in an accelerated 3-year program of study while also gaining conditional acceptance into Rutgers-sponsored primary care residency programs. Program highlights include:

  • Early Clinical Immersion
  • Longitudinal Primary Care Preceptorship
  • Health Systems and Population Health Certificate and Experiential Program

Application to the Accelerated 3-year Primary Care MD Program is limited to students who have already been accepted to the traditional 4-year MD program at New Jersey Medical School. This program is ideal for students who have demonstrated academic excellence, clinical experiences in a primary care setting and community health or leadership experiences. Students will be required to choose one of the following primary care specialty tracks at the time of application to the accelerated program:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Combined Medicine/Pediatrics (Med-Peds)

Apply HERE


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7 Year Medical Program

Rutgers’ New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and TCNJ have a formal articulation agreement allowing incoming freshman applicants to be accepted to both the medical school and TCNJ and to earn both the baccalaureate/BS degree from TCNJ and the MD degree from NJMS in seven years.

Students enrolled in this program spend three years at TCNJ in an approved major (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, Physics, Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Science (mechanical or electrical emphasis), Math, Spanish or History) and four at NJMS. Engineering majors require earned college credit (by qualifying AP test scores or completing college courses) in: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school, the student is granted the BS or BA degree in the chosen undergraduate major from TCNJ. The M.D. degree is then earned at the end of four years at NJMS.


Question: What is the TCNJ/New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) 7-Year Combined BS/MD Program?

Answer: It is a joint undergraduate-medical degree program in which a student spends three years at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in an approved major, and four additional years at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Approved undergraduate majors currently include biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering science, mathematics, English, history, philosophy, physics, and Spanish. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school (year four), the student is granted the BS or BA degree in the chosen undergraduate major from TCNJ. The MD degree is awarded after successful completion of the program in the seventh year by NJMS.

Question: What is the deadline for applying to this program?

Answer: The Application Deadline is November 1st.  The Application Completion Deadline (all materials must be received by) is December 1st.

Question: Is there a Supplemental Application involved?

Answer: Yes, a supplemental application link will be sent to qualified candidates and must be completed within two weeks of receipt, or by December 7th (whichever comes first). Those candidates with strong supplemental applications will be offered a TCNJ interview from mid-December through the 3rd week of February. Final interviews for the top candidates are conducted by NJMS on a rolling basis through the 3rd week of March at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Question: Does AP credit and previous college coursework count toward the completion of undergraduate requirements at TCNJ?

Answer: Yes, but with certain qualifications: The AP credit and college course(s) must be deemed equivalent to courses required by the college or major; the credit equivalency is applied to introductory, entry-level courses only (with the exception of Foundations of Biological Inquiry, which cannot be exempted by AP credit); and at least 8 classes of approved science coursework are completed at TCNJ.

Question: During the 3-year undergraduate program at TCNJ, is the credit load per semester greater than in normal 4-year undergraduate programs, and are summer courses required?

Answer: No, the semester load is the same as that of other full-time TCNJ students. For Biology majors, the only course taken earlier than normal is Biology Seminar, a 4-credit, journal-based course usually populated by seniors. No summer classes are needed as long as the curriculum is followed. There is a required summer research program at NJMS or another research university to be completed no later than the summer immediately prior to the first year of medical school (summer of year three in the 7-Year program).

Question: Is there an admissions quota, and how many Seven-Year students are currently enrolled at TCNJ?

Answer: Usually, about 20 freshmen enroll in the Seven-Year Medical program at TCNJ. There is currently a cohort of about 60 students enrolled over the three-year program at TCNJ who will continue to NJMS.

Question: What is the retention criterion for the 7-Year program?

Answer: To remain in the program, students must:

  • Complete the three-year undergraduate curriculum at TCNJ in an approved major, and earn a 3.5 (B+) cumulative and science average GPA EACH semester;
  • Earn a B or better in each of the basic science courses required by the Medical School (Foundations of Biological Inquiry, General Chemistry I/II, Organic Chemistry I/II, and Physics I/II);
  • Earn no grade below a C in any course;
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) no later than the SPRING of the third (and last) year at TCNJ. There is no minimum score required; and
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must obtain U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by the time you ENTER NJMS.

Question: Is this program the only pathway to medical school from The College of New Jersey?

Answer: No it is not! For over 30 years our graduating seniors have been successfully admitted to a wide variety of US medical schools. The vast majority of our pre-meds are NOT in the Seven-Year program. Over the last five years, about 65% or more of traditional medical school applicants from TCNJ have gained entry into one or more US medical schools. (i.e., Case Western, Duke, Dartmouth, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Jefferson, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, University of Alabama, Tulane, Mt. Sinai, Einstein, NY Medical College, SUNY-Syracuse, Temple, NYU, Pennsylvania State-Hershey, Columbia, Washington University and of course, New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School).

Our mission is not only to prepare the pre-med for success in the application process, but, more importantly, to prepare our students for success in medical school and beyond.

Question: What are the MINIMUM academic eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the TCNJ 7-Year Medical Program?

Answer: The following are the MINIMUM academic eligibility requirements to apply:

  • Standardized Test Scores: Students must have a minimum SAT score of 1500 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, and Math sections only) from ONE TEST DATE. No exceptions will be made. (The test may be taken more than once, but the combined score must be from one sitting.) Alternatively, a 34 or higher composite ACT score AND rank in the top 5% of their high school class may substitute for the SAT. However, if the SAT is taken, this score will also be considered. (The incoming class of 2015 had an average SAT I score of 1550+, SAT II scores of 730+, and average ACT scores of 35.) SAT II Subject Tests are encouraged, but not required.
  • High School academic achievements: Applicants must be in the top 5% of their class, and have an approximately 3.8 (or higher) /4.0 cumulative, unweighted GPA . You should have participated in school, community or other activities that demonstrate service and leadership. You should also have had good exposure to medicine and/or healthcare. While SAT II and AP tests are optional, many of our accepted students have taken many of these examinations.

Question: What is the process for applying to the College’s seven-year medical program?

Answer: Students should apply to The College of New Jersey’s Seven-Year Medical program utilizing the common application (usually available by late July) available at and indicate as their first choice the Seven-Year Program in the preferred major area of study (i.e., Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Math, English, etc.). Additionally, the student may want to indicate regular admittance to a four-year program of study at TCNJ as a second choice, should the student not be selected for the Seven-Year program.

School Status upon admissions: Applicant must be a high school senior. It is not possible to transfer into this program from other colleges or from other 3 or 4-year programs within The College of New Jersey. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be eligible to be interviewed for the Seven-Year program. The first interview is with a Medical Career Advisor at TCNJ (telephone interviews are available only for applicants living distantly in another state). Assuming this interview is favorable, you will then be considered for a later interview with a New Jersey Medical School Admissions representative in Newark, New Jersey. This interview must be done in-person, regardless of home location. The final admission determination is made by New Jersey Medical School. There is no early decision process for the Seven-Year Medical program. There is, however, an early decision process for the college (please contact admissions for that application deadline).

Admittance to Program: The admission process is not finalized until the first week in April. Dr. Shevlin, the Seven-Year Program Director at TCNJ, will notify the accepted students once the list has been received from NJMS. PLEASE NOTE: There is no wait-list or alternate list, nor are there subsequent rounds of admission to this program.

Please attempt to submit your application when all standardized test scores have been taken. Your application must be postmarked by the November 1 deadline. State of residence has NO bearing on your admissions to the Seven-Year program. You must however, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by the time you enter medical school.

Question: What is a typical numeric breakdown of the high school senior applicant pool for the Seven-Year Medical program at TCNJ?


# of students who apply 400

# of students academically eligible to interview 200

# of students who receive an interview at TCNJ 100

# of students who receive an interview at NJMS 80

# of students who are accepted into the Seven-Year Program 40

# of students who enter program Fall semester 20

Recent average SAT of accepted students 1534

Recent average GPA of accepted students (Unweighted) 4.72 or 100.05%

Question: Who makes the final admissions decision for acceptance into the Seven-Year Medical Program?

Answer: The Rutgers NJMS Admissions Committee makes the final decision, based on the student’s common application and attachments, and evaluation of both interviews.

Question: What financial aid is available at TCNJ?

Answer: Financial Aid and Scholarship monies are awarded through the Admissions Office and the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Please contact these departments for further information.


Question: What are the housing opportunities The College of New Jersey for the Seven-Year students?

Answer: All students admitted to the Seven-Year program are guaranteed on-campus housing during their entire three years at TCNJ.


Question: If I am not accepted to the TCNJ Seven-Year Program, what is the fate of my application?

Answer: Your college application is still processed by TCNJ Admissions if you have indicated a second-choice major on the Common Application. You will be considered for admittance to the major of your choice, financial aid and all other offerings. Please note that the average freshman accepted to The College of New Jersey is in the top 7% of their graduating class and has an average SAT score of about 1300 in critical reading and math.

Question: How can I tour The College of New Jersey including the Biology Department and dormitories?

Answer: Visit or simply log onto, and select Visitors and Community under Resources on the lower left hand box. Either site will direct you to the Campus Tours link, maps, directions and other important information.

Question: If I am accepted to the Seven-Year Medical program at TCNJ/NJMS, must I attend NJMS (in Newark, New Jersey)?

Answer: You are free to withdraw from the Seven-Year program at any time during your three years at the College of New Jersey. The medical school, of course, will then withdraw its guarantee. During your fourth year at TCNJ, you may apply to any medical school you wish. Your medical school acceptance will be based on the regular criteria: cumulative GPA, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, medical school interviews and experience.

Our Medical Careers Advisory Committee (MCAC) consists of faculty members who offer personalized advisement on all aspects of pre-medical preparation. The MCAC also hosts an informative advising website, Our local chapter of AMSA (American Medical Student Association) also offers valuable resources for the pre-medical student. The AMSA chapter sponsors presentations by health career students and practitioners, and tours of area health professional schools, engages in charity fund-raising, and offers peer and faculty advisement on all phases of pre-medical preparation.

Note: Students formerly in the Seven-year program with good MCAT scores and grades have successfully applied to other medical schools during their junior year (i.e., Temple, Robert Wood Johnson, University of Texas-San Antonio, SUNY Syracuse, Washington University and Duke University). Seven-year students must officially declare their intention to matriculate at NJMS or to withdraw from the Seven-Year Program before December of their Junior year.


Q. What are the pertinent phone numbers and email addresses concerning premedical education at TCNJ?

Admissions Office: 609.771.2131 or [email protected]

Financial Aid Office: 609.771.2211 or [email protected]

Student Housing Office: 609.771.2301 or [email protected]

Program Director: Dr. Dennis Shevlin, [email protected]

7-Year BS/MD Program Office at TCNJ: 609.771.2642 or [email protected]*

*December through February is our busiest time. Returning phone calls and e-mail messages often takes a week or more during this period.



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7 Year Baccalaureate/MD Program for College Sophomores

This program is designed for academically excellent sophomore premedical students at Rutgers University and is meant to encourage the integration of the basic medical science courses and advanced natural science courses in order to prepare students for the clinical portion of their professional education. Selected students are able to obtain the Baccalaureate/MD degree in seven years. Completion in eight years is possible on a case by case basis.

Accepted students must complete all Rutgers core requirements by the end of their junior year. In their fourth year, students will take the complete first year curriculum at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS).
Benefits of the program:

  • A conditional early acceptance to NJMS
  • Tuition responsibility: 3 years of undergraduate and 4 years of medical school
  • College credit is awarded for select medical school courses that may be used toward completion of undergraduate degree requirements

To apply, students must have completed the following criteria:

  • Completed 4 semesters of college (a minimum of 60 credits)
  • Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.5
  • Completed at least two semesters of: General Biology w/ lab, General Chemistry w/ lab, Organic Chemistry (lab may be taken in the junior year), one semester each of Math and English
  • Accepted students must complete the MCAT by the end of May of junior year and a competitive score will be required (at the mean of the last matriculated class)
  • The application process is initiated through Rutgers University.

For additional information or to initiate an application, please contact:

Newark Campus
Chazz Fellenz, Assistant Dean for Pre-Professional Services
360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Hill Hall Room 301
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-2535
[email protected]

New Brunswick Campus
Elizabeth Vogel,  Director of Health Professions Office
604 Allison Road Rm. A-207 
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 445-6677
[email protected]

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