Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences


This program is designed for high-achieving premedical students of Rutgers University who are in their sophomore year.  Accepted students will be expected to complete all Rutgers core requirements by the end of their junior year.  In their senior year, students will take the complete first year curriculum at RWJ Medical School.  Students will receive RU credit for select medical school courses toward completion of their major and elective credit toward their undergraduate degree.

Benefits for students accepted into the program include:

  • Students will have a conditional, early-acceptance to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (please see grade and standardized testing requirements below).
  • Students will pay only for three years of tuition at Rutgers + 4 years tuition at RWJMS.
  • Credits for some classes taken during the first year at the medical school will count toward both the MD and the BA/BS degrees.

To apply, students must have completed the following criteria:

  • They must have completed 4 semesters of college, with a minimum of 60 credits. Note, applicants with an Associate’s Degree, regardless of whether it was earned as a dual degree in high school or as a traditional degree after high school, are ineligible to apply for the program.
  • As a minimum, they must be enrolled for one year at RU-NB, earning 30 credits.
  • They must have earned and maintain a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.5 at Rutgers.
  • Requires two semesters of General Biology with lab, two semesters of General Chemistry with lab, two semesters of Organic Chemistry (lab may be taken in the Junior year), one semester of college-level Mathematics, and one semester of English. (Recommended classes include: Biostatistics and Spanish)
  • If AP or transfer credit was granted for General Biology, two other approved biology courses (200-level courses or higher) must be taken at Rutgers University.
  • For students applying in 2023, RWJMS will require a standardized test score of either the SAT, ACT or MCAT. 
    • For students with an SAT or ACT score:
    • Test must have been taken prior to admission to RU.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain and submit test score reports with the completed application.  If admitted to the accelerated program, no MCAT is required.
    • For students without SAT or ACT scores:
    • If admitted to the accelerated program, students are required to complete the MCAT by April 16, 2024, and score competitively with a total score of at least 508 (minimum single sub-score of 123).  Students may take the exam two times prior to April 16, 2024.   
  • Matriculation in the medical school is conditional upon meeting additional requirements in the junior year. (Orgo lab, General Physics and Biochemistry will be required.)

The application will be available after spring break 2023.  Instructions on how to request a BA/MD application will be sent out via the HPO listserv.  Completed applications must be emailed to the HPO office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than Wednesday, May 24 @ 5pm.(no exceptions).  In addition to the application, 3 letters of recommendation from Rutgers University must be submitted on behalf of the applicant to the HPO office. It is strongly recommended at least one of these letters be from a science course and one from a non-science course. Letters can come from professors, research supervisors, or TAs and should address your competency for medical school and, in particular, for an accelerated program.