A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Program

How Do I Apply to the MD Program?

We encourage students from diverse backgrounds who have strong potential for leadership and service in broad areas of patient care, research, medical education, administration, and service to apply to our program.

The education of a physician comprises a preparatory phase in college, a rigorous course of professional education leading to the MD degree, postgraduate or residency training, and lifelong continuing education after the conclusion of formal training.

The award of the MD degree signifies the individual has acquired a broad base of knowledge and skills requisite for the practice of medicine. The medical school educational process prepares an individual to be a physician — not a surgeon, psychiatrist, or any other specialist.

What are the Admissions Requirements?

We seek well-rounded, high-performing students with a background in both the sciences and liberal arts.

See all admission requirements.

Applying and Interviewing With Us

We require an online application to be submitted through AMCAS and a secondary application for the College of Medicine. Applicants judged to be most qualified are invited for an interview mid-September through March.

See the detailed application timeline.

University Park Curriculum, Accelerated Pathways and Combined Degrees

All students whose educational path includes an MD degree must apply through AMCAS and gain acceptance to the College of Medicine. Students who wish to study at University Park can indicate their preference in the supplemental application provided the College of Medicine. Students interested in an accelerated program must complete a separate application for that program after their acceptance. For most of the combined program, you must submit a separate application for the other degree to the school where it will be earned.

Essential Standards

We seek highly motivated students who aim to become patient-centric, empathetic physicians. Candidates must have demonstrable abilities and skills in the areas of perception and observation, communication, motor and tactile function, cognition, and professionalism.

Learn more about the essential standards for matriculation, promotion, and graduation.

Blood-Borne Pathogens Policy

Penn State College of Medicine is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and protecting the legal rights and privacy of students infected with blood-borne pathogens while also protecting the health of the public. A student who is infected may attend the College of Medicine; however, certain restrictions may be imposed on the scope of the infected student’s training. Actual recommendations and advice to the student will depend on current medical findings and standards of practice.

See the full blood-borne pathogens policy.

International Applicants

We welcome international applicants. In additional to following the same application procedures as domestic applicants, international applicants must follow certain guidelines for gaining visa eligibility.

See details on international applications.

Transfer Students With Advanced Standing

The Penn State College of Medicine does not accept transfer students with advanced standing due to a curriculum with unique and/or integrated required courses paired with customized experiential requirements. The curriculum is framed around four phases of study that do not coincide with a traditional academic calendar at other medical schools.