Students wishing to pursue a career in Medical Sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, optometry, podiatry and physical therapy) or Allied Health (nursing, occupational therapy, radiologic sciences, bioscience technologies, pharmacy, and couple and family therapy) may take the prerequisite courses at Penn State Brandywine.
For information on the Accelerated Undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Pre-medical Sciences Certificate program, go to the Postbacc website.
Physical Therapy, Couples/Family Therapy, and MPH are graduate degrees programs that require prerequisites that may be taken at Penn State Brandywine.
For more information, please contact: Amanda Gunlefinger at ASC5007@psu.edu or 610-892-1389.
Penn State Brandywine offers the prerequisite courses for Allied Health professional programs. Students take courses here for two to four years and then transfer to an Allied Health program. NOTE: We do NOT offer clinical courses at this campus. Please contact Amanda Gunlefinger, allied health adviser, at ASC5007@psu.edu or 610-89201389 for more information. Questions about applying to Penn State Brandywine should be addressed to the Admissions Office at 610-892-1200.
Penn State Brandywine and Thomas Jefferson's College of Health Professions
Penn State Brandywine and Thomas Jefferson’s College of Health Professions work cooperatively to provide opportunities for students interested in allied health careers. Students take two years of prescribed courses at Penn State Brandywine and then apply for transfer to Thomas Jefferson’s College of Health Professions or School of Nursing to complete their degree in one of the following areas: Radiologic Sciences, Bioscience Technologies, Nursing, or Occupational Therapy. Applicants from Penn State Brandywine are guaranteed acceptance to these programs if the following provisions are met:
- Students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. The nursing program has become increasingly competitive; students accepted for nursing have a minimum 3.0 GPA and most have GPAs higher than 3.2.
- Students must pass all required courses with a C or better.
- Students must have a recommendation written by the articulation agreement coordinator (Dr. Niiler).
- Students must complete all required courses before matriculating to Jefferson.
- There must be seats available in the program (Jefferson has rolling admissions, so students are encouraged to apply early).
- All students of the Thomas Jefferson College of Health Professions are required to pass a police background check.
The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Thomas Jefferson is not covered by an articulation agreement. Prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy can be completed at Penn State Brandywine. Students take a standardized exam, called the PCAT, and can then apply for the Doctor of Pharmacy program through PharmCAS.
Physical Therapy and Couple and Family Therapy are graduate level, postbaccalaureate programs. All students applying for these programs must have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, including specific courses. An appropriate four-year degree program offered at Penn State Brandywine for both the Counseling and Physical Therapy programs is Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Science course requirements for Physical Therapy can be folded into the course requirements for the HDFS major. At this time, the campus does NOT have an articulation agreement for Physical Therapy.
Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions Admission Requirements for Fall 2011
Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Health Professions offers three nursing programs of special interest to Penn State Brandywine students:
- The prelicensure BSN (for students earning their first baccalaureate degree),
- FACT (for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in one field and who wish to earn a BSN in an accelerated, one-year program),
- and an accelerated MSN program (for students who already have an undergraduate degree).
Occupational Therapy (Combined BS/MS in Occupational Therapy)
Students are STRONGLY advised to complete a minimum of 80 hours volunteering at two different Occupational Therapy sites.
Jefferson offers 2+2 and 3+1 programs that lead to a BS degree. There are also 3+2 entry-level BS/MS degree programs and an Accelerated Professional MS program.
Radiologic Sciences Advanced Placement and Multicompetency Programs
Jefferson offers several different programs in radiologic sciences, including medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine, as well as traditional radiologic sciences.
Jefferson’s College of Pharmacy enrolled their first class of students in fall 2008. This program is not currently part of Penn State Brandywine’s articulation agreement with Jefferson.
Applicants to this program must have first completed a baccalaureate degree in any field and they must also successfully complete a set of prerequisite courses.
Couple And Family Therapy
The requirements for admission to this program are:
- baccalaureate degree in any field,
- GRE (preferred) or MAT,
- three credits each of Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics,
- undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0,
- work-related experience will be considered.
View the list of prerequisite courses for the programs above.