Health Professions School Affiliations

Washington & Jefferson College has agreements regarding admission of qualified students to several programs. Please contact the Chair of the Committee on Health Professions at prehealth@washjeff.edu if you are interested in any of these programs. There are more detailed requirements and deadlines for some of these programs.

W&J Medical Scholars Program with Temple University School of Medicine

Note (with FOLLOW-UP): Temple University has recently updated their agreement with W&J. The language below represents the current agreement, effective with the opening of the Temple University School of Medicine 4-year regional campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2013. FOLLOWUP: The 4-year regional Temple Medical School campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh is on indefinite hold. As a result, the Medical Scholars Program will revert to its previous format ... students spend their first 2 years at the Temple campus in Philadelphia, and then spend years 3 & 4 doing clinical rotations at the West Penn Allegheny Health System back in Pittsburgh. If, in the future, the campus does become a four-year regional campus, students will be required to complete all 4 years of their medical education at the Allegheny General Hospital campus in Pittsburgh.

Temple Medical School will reserve a limited number of spaces for qualified incoming W&J freshmen each year. Students apply for acceptance to the W&J Medical Scholars Program prior to the start of their freshman year (during the application process to W&J). To be considered, students must:

  1. Be accepted to W&J,
  2. Submit an application to the Medical Scholars Program by January 1st,
  3. Have SAT critical reading + math score of greater than 1350, with no score in verbal, math, or writing below 600, OR have an ACT Composite score of 30 or higher,
  4. Be in the top 5% of your high school class,
  5. Have an interview with the Committee on Health Professions at W&J, and
  6. Have an interview with a member of the Admission Committee at Temple University School of Medicine (interviews typically take place at the Allegheny General Hospital Regional Campus in Pittsburgh).

Substantial science coursework and completion of AP science coursework is looking upon favorably. Students would subsequently be accepted into the Temple University School of Medicine if their minimum undergraduate science (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) GPA at W&J is at least 3.5 averaged over the first 3 years with no grade less than "C"  and without repeating a course. All prerequisite courses for admission to medical school must be completed at W&J. The minimum acceptable MCAT score (taken before May of the junior year) requires scoring in at least the 70th percentile on each section of the test. Students must also complete 50+ hours of healthcare experiences and "demonstrate commitment to serving others through extracurricular activities." The candidate must apply to Temple University School of Medicine during the summer preceding their senior year at W&J using the "Combined Bachelors/Medical Degree" designation on the American Association of Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS). Note that this is a "restricted" application type, meaning that if you choose to use your "guaranteed" seat with Temple, you cannot apply to other medical schools. If you choose to apply to other schools, you are required to give up your guaranteed seat with Temple, but you can apply to Temple through the regular medical school admissions process. Temple University School of Medicine will require that the students accepted through this program will enroll in the Temple University School of Medicine 4-year regional campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, not the Temple University School of Medicine campus in Philadelphia. NOTE: Due to the implementation of the Temple Medical School campus in Pittsburgh being placed on indefinite hold, students accepted through the Medical Scholars Program will attend the Philadelphia campus in years 1 and 2, and do their clinical rotations back in Pittsburgh in the West Penn Allegheny Health System in years 3 and 4. If, in the future, the campus does become a four-year regional campus, students will be required to complete all 4 years of their medical education at the Allegheny General Hospital campus in Pittsburgh.

Application Process: Students should send in their W&J College application as soon as possible, preferably early in the Fall. Students should be sure to indicate on the application that they are interested in Pre-Medical for one of their fields of interest. Note also that because Temple requires a particular level of performance on the SAT/ACT exam, students MUST elect to submit their SAT/ACT scores to W&J (i.e., students interested in applying for the Temple Medical Scholars Program are not eligible to use the SAT/ACT Score Optional policy). Students that meet the SAT/ACT and other criteria listed will be sent information about the Temple Medical Scholars program, including an application for the program. Typically, information is sent out to eligible candidates about once per month until early December. IMPORTANT: If you do not get your fully-complete W&J application submitted by approximately the first week of December, you will likely not be considered for the program. We typically send out our last round of "invites" to the program near the end of the first week of December. Late applications and late requests to be considered for the program will not be considered.

The Temple Medical Scholars application is due back to the Admissions Office at W&J by January 1st. An interview with the Committee on Health Professions at W&J will be scheduled shortly after January 15th. We will contact you to set up an interview. Once W&J interviews qualified candidates, W&J will send an interview report, along with your W&J and Medical Scholars applications to Temple University School of Medicine. Temple will then make decisions about which students to interview for the program. Often interviews are conducted at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, usually by early to mid March. The decision on which students are accepted to the Medical Scholars Program are made by Temple.

More information about this program can be found on Temple University Medical School's Special Admissions Programs website.

An Early Assurance Program with Temple University School of Medicine and Washington & Jefferson College

Note (with FOLLOW-UP): Temple University has recently updated their agreement with W&J. The language below represents the current agreement, effective with the opening of the Temple University School of Medicine 4-year regional campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2013. FOLLOWUP: The 4-year regional Temple Medical School campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh is on indefinite hold. As a result, the Early Assurance Program will revert to its previous format ... students spend their first 2 years at the Temple campus in Philadelphia, and then spend years 3 & 4 doing clinical rotations at the West Penn Allegheny Health System back in Pittsburgh.

Sophomore or Junior students who matriculated at W&J as first semester freshmen (those who did not transfer into W&J) are eligible for consideration as candidates for the Early Assurance Program with Temple University School of Medicine. To be considered as a viable candidate for the program interested students must have completed 2 semester courses each in general chemistry (CHM 260 & CHM 270), organic chemistry (CHM 160 & CHM 170), and general biology (BIO 101 & BIO 102), be in good standing, and pursuing an approved major at W&J. By the end of the third year, they must have completed 2 semester courses in biology (BIO 101 & 102), 4 semester courses in chemistry (CHM 160, 170, 260, & 270), 2 semester courses in physics (PHY 101 & 102 or PHY 107 & 108), and 2 courses in mathematics (MTH 151 & 152 or MTH 151 & 225). The minimum undergraduate science (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) GPA at W&J must be 3.5 averaged over the first 3 years with no grade less than "C". The minimum GPA for the fourth undergraduate academic year at W&J must be at least 3.0 with no grade less than "C".

The MCAT must be taken before matriculation to the medical school, typically by the end of May of the junior year. The minimum acceptable MCAT score is 30 with no score less than 8 on any of the individual tests. The candidate must apply to Temple University School of Medicine during the summer preceding their senior year at W&J using the Early Assurance Program Option of the American Association of Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS). Temple University School of Medicine will require that the students accepted through this program will enroll in the Temple University School of Medicine 4-year regional campus at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, not the Temple University School of Medicine campus in Philadelphia. NOTE: Due to the implementation of the Temple Medical School campus in Pittsburgh being placed on indefinite hold, students accepted through the Medical Scholars Program will attend the Philadelphia campus in years 1 and 2, and do their clinical rotations back in Pittsburgh in the West Penn Allegheny Health System in years 3 and 4.

There are only a limited number of spaces available for prospective candidates every year. To become eligible for consideration as a candidate a sophomore or junior student must:

  1. Be registered with the Committee on Health Professions
  2. Meet all of the above listed requirements
  3. Formally apply to the Committee on Health Professions
  4. Have interviews with the Committee on Health Professions and the Temple University School of Medicine Admission Committee. For more details contact the chair of the Committee on Health Professions.

More information about this program can be found on Temple University Medical School's Special Admissions Programs website

Early Acceptance Program in Physical Therapy with Drexel University

Note: The Early Acceptance Program in Physical Therapy with Drexel University is currently not available until further notice.

Washington & Jefferson College has an Early Acceptance Program with Drexel University for an Entry-Level Doctor's Degree Program in Physical Therapy. Early acceptance criteria include: cumulative grade point average of 3.25, science grade point average of 3.0 or above, minimum GRE scores of 1100 combined verbal and quantitative and completion of the GRE analytical writing section, volunteer experience in physical therapy for at least 75 hours, a minimum of two academic references and a letter of reference from a physical therapist, successful interview with the Program in Physical Therapy's Committee on admissions, and the completion of the prerequisite courses listed below:

  • General Biology 101 and 102 (BIO 101 & 102)
  • Animal Physiology (BIO 235)
  • At least one additional biology course from the following list:
  1. Molecular Biology (BIO 311)
  2. Immunology (BIO 314)
  3. Biochemistry (BCH 333)
  4. Experimental Biology (BIO 412)
  5. Neurobiology (BIO 435)
  • At least two chemistry courses (CHM 160 & 170 or CHM 260 & 270 usually)
  • Introductory Physics (PHY 101 & 102), or General Physics (PHY 107 & 108)
  • Elementary Psychology (PSY 101 & 102), and Developmental Psychology (PSY 265)
  • Probability and Statistics (MTH 225)
  • A minimum of 5 courses in Humanities and Social Science

Students who are being recommended for early acceptance status will be invited for an interview at the end of the fall term of their senior year. If selected the student will receive a conditional acceptance until the receipt of the Fall transcript senior year to be sure the grade point average has not slipped and that all prerequisites for admission have been completed.

Application: The deadline for filing an application is early fall of the senior year. All supporting documents (transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation) should reach Drexel University by this deadline. It would be in the student's best interest to sit for the GRE in the Spring of their junior year. Therefore, necessary background courses should be scheduled before the test is taken.  In addition, it would permit adequate time for a second GRE to be taken, if necessary.

Information about the DPT program at Drexel can be found at the Drexel DPT website.

Articulation Agreement in Physical Therapy with Chatham University

Note: Chatham University has recently updated the PT agreement with W&J. The language below represents the current agreement, effective immediately. Note the clarification on GPA calculations.

Washington & Jefferson College has a formal agreement with Chatham University for senior students who are interested in matriculating in their Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (D.P.T.) following graduation. Guaranteed acceptance for up to two (2) students each year is possible if the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of a grade of C in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below).
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.50.
  3. A grade point average of 3.50 in all completed pre-requisite courses, with a minimum of 20 credits (5 courses) completed. (NOTE: All GPAs used by Chatham (overall and Core Prereq GPAs) are calculated by PTCAS. See the PTCAS website for courses included in their GPA calculations.)
  4. Submission of GRE scores to Chatham.
  5. Successful on-campus interview and writing sample.
  6. Completion of all Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy early admissions requirements, which include: completion of the online application through PTCAS, volunteer hours in a physical therapy facility, and 3 letters of reference (2 academic and 1 physical therapist). All information must be submitted by the early admissions deadline (typically around Oct 1).

In addition to the above, students at Washington & Jefferson College will be guaranteed an interview for consideration of acceptance into the Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy program if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of a grade of C in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below).
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.00.
  3. A grade point average of 3.00 in all completed pre-requisite courses, with a minimum of 20 credits (5 courses) completed.
  4. Submission of GRE scores to Chatham.
  5. Completion of all Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy regular admission requirements, which include: completion of the online application through PTCAS, volunteer hours in a physical therapy facility, and 3 letters of reference (2 academic and 1 physical therapist). All information must be submitted by the regular admissions deadline (typically around Dec 1).
  6. Prerequisite courses:
  • General Biology 101 and 102 (BIO 101 & 102)
  • Chemistry 160 and 170 (CHM 160 & 170)
  • Introductory Physics (PHY101 & 102) or General Physics (PHY 107 & 108)
  • Math 225 (MTH 225)
  • Psychology 101, 102, and 265 (PSY 101, 102, & 265)
  • Biology 235 and 209 (BIO 235 & 209)

Information about the DPT program at Chatham University can be found at the Chatham DPT website. It is highly recommended that students interested in Chatham's PT program meet with a faculty member from Chatham during their sophomore or junior year.

Articulation Agreement in Physician Assistant Studies with Chatham University

Note: Chatham University has recently updated the PA agreement with W&J. The language below represents the current agreement, effective immediately. Note: the minimum grade for all prerequisite courses is now a grade of B and CASPA applications to Chatham must be completed by September 1st of the senior year at W&J.

Washington & Jefferson College has a formal agreement with Chatham University for senior students who are interested in matriculating in their Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (M.P.A.) following graduation. Guaranteed acceptance for up to two (2) students each year is possible if the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of a grade of B in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below)
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.50 as calculated by CASPA.
  3. A grade point average of 3.40 in all completed science courses, with a minimum of 18 science credits (5 courses) completed. Note that Psychology courses are not counted in this science GPA. (NOTE: All GPAs used by Chatham (overall and science GPAs) are calculated by CASPA. See the CASPA website for courses included in their GPA calculations. Note that math courses are not included in their science GPA calculations.)
  4. Maintenance of a good citizenship record.
  5. Successful completion of all Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies admission requirements, possibly including an on-campus interview.

In addition to the above, if all of the following criteria are met, Washington & Jefferson College students will be considered for acceptance into the Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies program:

  1. A minimum of a grade of B in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below)
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by CASPA.
  3. A grade point average of 3.00 in all completed science courses, with a minimum of 18 science credits (5 courses) completed. Note that Psychology courses are not counted in this science GPA.
  4. Maintenance of a good citizenship record.
  5. Successful completion of all Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies admission requirements, possibly including an on-campus interview.

Application: By September 1st of a student's final year in residence at Washington & Jefferson College, the student must complete an application for admission to CASPA, the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants.

Prerequisite courses:

  • General Biology 101 and 102 (BIO 101 & 102)
  • Chemistry 160 and 170 (CHM 160 & 170) OR Chemistry 160 and 260 (CHM 160 & 260)
  • Biology 209, 215 and 235 (BIO 209, 215, & 235)
  • Psychology 101 (PSY 101)

Besides the prerequisite courses, Chatham recommends, but does not require:

  • Biology 201 (BIO 201)
  • Mathematics 225 (MTH 225)
  • Psychology 265 (PSY 265)
  • Nutrition

Information about the PA program at Chatham University can be found at the Chatham PA website. It is highly recommended that students interested in Chatham's PA program meet with a faculty member from Chatham during their sophomore or junior year to obtain advising about their future plans.

Articulation Agreement in Physician Assistant Studies with Saint Francis University

Note: During Fall 2010, Saint Francis University made substantial changes in our affiliation agreement, including reducing the number of guaranteed admission seats from 5 to 2, requiring a Committee on Health Professions recommendation of Outstanding or Excellent, and receiving a grade of C or above in prerequisite courses the first time a course is attempted. These changes are reflected below.

The articulation agreement with Saint Francis University makes the assumption that Saint Francis is your top choice for a PA program. Late summer or early fall of your senior year (after W&J's Committee on Health Professions sends a recommendation letter to Saint Francis on your behalf, and you are officially accepted to the Saint Francis program), you will be asked to put down a nonrefundable deposit to hold your place in the incoming class. This means that you will need to make that financial commitment before you have the chance to apply to and/or hear from other PA schools.

Washington & Jefferson College has a formal agreement with Saint Francis University (SFU) for senior students who are interested in matriculating in their Master of Physician Assistant Sciences Program following graduation. Up to two (2) W&J students will be guaranteed admission to the first professional year of the SFU PA program if the following criteria are met:

  1. The student meets the minimum GPA (3.00) standards for PA program professional phase admission, which means a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses. Note: All prerequisite course and PHYA 110: Medical Terminology must be passed with a final grade of C or better the first time the course is taken. If a student fails to obtain an initial minimum "C" grade in a course, the student is no longer eligible for matriculation into the SFU PA Program.
  2. The student receives a strong letter of support from the W&J Committee on Health Professions that recommends the applicant in the Outstanding or Excellent category.
  3. Submission of a letter of intent to enter the SFU PA program by the end of the fall semester of that student's junior year. The letter should be addressed to the Chairperson of the Department of PA Sciences at SFU and should contain an official transcript and initial letter of endorsement from the Chair of the Committee on Health Professions at W&J.
  4. Prerequisite courses:
  • General Biology 101 and 102 (BIO 101 & 102)
  • Chemistry 160 and 260 (CHM 160 & 260)
  • Biology 209, 215 and 235 (BIO 209, 215, & 235)
  • Math 225 (MTH 225)
  • Psychology 101 (PSY 101)

In addition all W&J transfer students will complete, for credit, the online PHYA 110 course in Medical Terminology prior to matriculation in the SFU PA Program. (Note: You can take a Medical Terminology course elsewhere, and send a copy of your transcript to Saint Francis to show that you have met the prerequisite of completing this course. If you take the course elsewhere, it needs to be completed before you start classes at Saint Francis.)

Information about the PA program at Saint Francis can be found at the Saint Francis PA website.

Articulation Agreement in Optometry with Salus University (Pennsylvania College of Optometry)

Washington & Jefferson College has an formal agreement with Salus University (Pennsylvania College of Optometry) for students who are interested in pursuing an optometry education at Salus. The agreement has two parts. For students applying to Salus through the traditional application process, the W&J Committee on Health Professions acts as an extension of the Salus University Admissions Office, and W&J will often provide a supplemental letter of recommendation to Salus in the fall for students applying to Salus. This letter is the result of an interview by Committee members with the student interested in applying.

Additionally, an accelerated program for students with an interest in optometry has been established by Salus University. The program permits a student to earn the Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The first three years are spent at Washington & Jefferson College as an undergraduate student, while the next four years are spent at Salus University in the optometry program. The student is awarded a Bachelor's degree in their chosen major at W&J upon the successful completion of the first professional year at Salus and a Doctor of Optometry degree by Salus University at the conclusion of the professional degree program. This means that students leave W&J after their third year without their Bachelor's Degree. Selected courses from Salus would then transfer back to W&J to allow the student to obtain their Bachelor's Degree in their selected major. Typically, this approach requires substantial planning before the student arrives at W&J to determine whether a plan of coursework can be completed in three years at W&J to fulfill a majority of the College and major requirements. Our experience tells us that this plan works most easily with majors in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. 

Further information about the Salus 3-4 Optometry program can be found on the Salus website. Additionally, students may email the Chair of the Committee on Health Professions at W&J to discuss this option. General comments about 3-4 options are also described in the Pre-Health Handbook.