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Premedical/Health Careers at Kutztown University

Welcome!

This page will provide prospective students with more information about the Premedical program at Kutztown University. This page is also a valuable resource for current students with aspirations of becoming a Health Professional. 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, you don't need to do it alone!

Dr. Dan Aruscavage & Dr. Matt Stone, Co-chairs of the Premedical Committee

Contact Us:

If you have general questions about the Premedical program at Kutztown University, please email your questions to Dr. Dan Aruscavage (aruscava@kutztown.edu) or Dr. Matthew Stone (stone@kutztown.edu). Current students are encourage to see Dr. Aruscavage (Boehm 217) or Dr. Matthew Stone (Boehm 114) in person.


Program Overview

The Premedical/Health Careers Program at Kutztown University is designed to help students prepare for further education in all health professions including Medicine (M.D. and D.O.), Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine. At Kutztown University the Premedical & Other Health Careers Program is housed within the Department of Biology. We pride ourselves on being a small program that cultures great success in a relatively small number of students. Faculty in the department develop close relationships with students and strive to create a collegial and non-competitive atmosphere.

Link to Premedical Curriculum/Course Work

We are proud of the successes of our Premedical/Health Careers graduates, many of whom have become well respected health professionals. Below we have provided an abbreviated list of Universities where Kutztown students have matriculated.

 
Veterinary Programs
·         University of Florida
·         University of Guelph (Canada)
·         Mississippi State University
·         Ohio State University
·         University of Pennsylvania
·         Tuskegee University


Dental Programs
·         Howard University
·         University of Maryland
·         Pittsburg University
·         Temple University


Medical Programs
·         Drexel University
·         Thomas Jefferson University
·         Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
·         Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
·         Penn State University-Hershey
·         University of Pennsylvania
·         Temple University
·         Uniformed Services Medical School

 
Research

Research is an integral component of the Premedical Program at Kutztown University. Premedical students have ample opportunity to conduct research while at Kutztown University. Faculty in the Biology Department are actively engaged in Research and are committed to incorporating undergraduates as integral members of their research labs. Kutztown students have been actively involved in all aspects of the research process from grant acquisition to the publication process. To support students and to promote their pursuit of research, the University provides financial support for undergraduate research through the Kutztown Undergraduate Research Committee (URC). We encourage you visit the URC webpage to learn more about the application process and to view projects that have been previously supported. Additionally, students who are interested in conducting independent research with a faculty member are invited to review the Department's research interests and contact the faculty member whose interests most closely match their own.

In addition to research at Kutztown, we encourage Premedical/health students who are interested in research to seek opportunities in other Departments and outside of the University. Below we have provided a selected list of external undergraduate research programs where our students have been successful in the past.

·         University of Cincinnati - College of Medicine; Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program - http://med.uc.edu/SURF

·         Thomas Jefferson University - Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Summer Undergraduate Research Program -http://www.jefferson.edu/university/biomedical_sciences/admissions/apply-to/summer-undergraduate-research.html

·         Penn State Primary Care Scholars Program - see Dr. Stone for more information

Internships

Kutztown University has internship affiliation agreements with a number of local hospitals, clinics, and businesses. We encourage all pre-Health students to seek out internships to further their professional development. Below is a list of former student internships (not exhaustive) that are related to health professions. For more information about applying and receiving credit for an internship you should contact your academic advisor.

·         Allergy and Asthma Associates
·         Banfield Pet Hospital
·         Berks Urologic Surgery Center
·         Office of William J. Messersmith, DMD
·         Drayer Physical Therapy
·         Evangelical Community Hospital Pathology
·         Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
·         Health Network Laboratories, Microbiology Department
·         Hershey Medical Center-Physical Therapy
·         Kutztown Animal Hospital
·         Lehigh Valley Hospital Research Scholars Program
·         Lehigh Valley Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation
·         Lehigh Valley Hospital Centers--Anesthesiology
·         Lehigh Valley Hospital Dental Clinic
·         Lehigh Valley Zoo
·         Morristown Memorial Hospital Morgue
·         Reading Hospital and Medical Center
·         Sotomayor Medical Practice
·         Schuylkill County Coroner
·         Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic
·         St. Luke's Hospital