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Pre-Med and Other Health Careers Track

Bachelor of Science in Biology - Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dental

Want to pursue a high-level career as a doctor, veterinarian, or dentist? KU students have been preparing for and successfully entering medical, veterinary or dental schools for years, thanks to strong academics and a supportive faculty that’s dedicated to helping them take the next step.

What makes Kutztown University’s pre-med and other health professions (including pre-vet or pre-dental) program unique?

In short, our faculty. They start advising you at the beginning of your freshman year, and that support continues throughout your entire time at KU.

Kutztown University’s Biology Department has advisors who help students with their academic decision-making as soon as they arrive on campus. Then, KU’s coursework emphasizes hands-on learning in the lab alongside close interaction with our faculty.

KU also has a standing Pre-medical Committee that provides letters of recommendation for students who are applying to medical, veterinary medical, or dental schools. While some universities charge students a fee for advising services related to the application process and/or committee letters of recommendation, Kutztown University provides these services for free.

Student Success

Thanks to the ongoing support provided by KU’s relatively small program, students have found strong success gaining entrance into medical school. About 70% of the competitive applicants who go through the Premedical Committee process are accepted to professional school.

Some of the schools that KU graduates have attended are:

Medical schools

  • Drexel University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Penn State University - Hershey
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University

Veterinary programs

  • Mississippi State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ross University of Veterinary Medicine (St. Kitts & Nevis)
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania

Dental programs

  • Howard University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Temple University
  • University of Maryland

KU also has agreements with the following schools that allow for a simplified admissions process:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

KU graduates are making a difference in practices near and far:

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Penn State Health
  • Tower Health
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Luke’s University Health Network
  • Geisinger Health System
Alyssa Ryan
Quotation Mark

The biology program was fantastic in my preparation for med school because there was such a wide variety of classes with different topics, many of which showed up on my MCAT exam.

Alyssa Ryan '19, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine '23
Program Services

Gaining acceptance into a professional school is a daunting, but very achievable, task. We are here to provide you with information and assistance with academics, career planning, and preparation for the professional school application process. Please do not hesitate to ask for help because you don't need to do it alone.

If you have general questions about the Pre-Medical and other Health Careers program at Kutztown University, please email your questions to the co-chairs of the Pre-Medical Committee:
Dr. Dan Aruscavage (aruscava@kutztown.edu) or Dr. Matthew Stone (stone@kutztown.edu).

Current students are encouraged to see Dr. Dan Aruscavage (Boehm 217) or Dr. Matthew Stone (Boehm 114) in person.

Prospective students can find more information about the Pre-Medical Program below, which is a valuable resource for students with aspirations of becoming a Health Professional:

Medical/Veterinary/Dental School Application Process

Pre-medical Committee

Medical/Veterinary/Dental School Application Process FAQs