Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program (P4)


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length
1 to 2 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Program is designed for academically accomplished individuals seeking to participate in extensive shadowing and volunteer opportunities and fulfill their science requirements before applying for admission to medical/professional school.

Therefore, it is not a “grade-enhancer” program for applicants desiring to improve their grades in the basic sciences. If you have completed more than half of the required coursework for medical school or if you have taken the MCAT, you are not eligible for this program.

We anticipate to accept approximately 30 students per cohort.

The P4 program accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity.

No. Standardized tests are no longer a required piece of the application. Applicants may choose to submit standardized test scores to provide additional evidence of their fitness for the program. 

Due to the correlation between performance on the SAT and performance on other standardized tests (MCAT, DAT),  the program may request these scores as a way to assist and advise during the program, but they are not required to complete your application.

The one-year track provides students with an accelerated curriculum and is more appropriate for students who already have clinical and volunteer experiences.

The two-year track provides students with more time to complete their coursework, as well as providing additional time for outside activities (clinical/volunteer opportunities, part-time employment, etc.).

Both tracks provide students with identical training and curriculum to prepare them for admission to medical/professional school.

The Office of Admissions will contact applicants upon receiving their application and notify them when the application is complete. Applicants may contact the office to check on their status.

Phone: 215-503-8890

P4 classes and cohort-related activities are held during most weekdays. The one-year track schedule is very rigorous, and we do not recommend working during this intense program. We recommend discussing this with your advisor.

It is possible to work in a limited capacity if taking the two-year track. We recommend discussing this with your advisor.

While enrolled in P4, you are a student of Thomas Jefferson University and are offered access to campus facilities and activities, including the fitness center, health and counseling services and participation in student life activities and organizations. 

We highly encourage students to use their summer for extensive participation in shadowing, clinical research and community volunteer opportunities with mentors in healthcare-related fields.

One-Year Accelerated Track: P4 students take an MCAT preparation course, included as part of the program.

Two-Year Track: During the second year, P4 students will take an MCAT preparation course, included as part of the program.

Yes. Our Housing and Residence Life webpage contains the information regarding on-campus housing options as well as off-campus housing opportunities.