Your Career in the Medical Field Starts at NJIT!
If you are planning a career in any one of these areas, NJIT offers you two possible tracks: a highly competitive accelerated program through which you earn both the bachelor's and the doctoral degree in just seven years, or a four-year, pre-professional bachelor's degree followed by application to a medical school.
Whatever track you follow, you will work with an NJIT advisor who will help you tailor a program of courses that includes biological sciences, chemistry, and physics. Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects at NJIT or at a collaborating institution such as the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School or the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.
Accelerated Pre-Health Programs
If you have done exceptionally well in high school, you may consider applying for an accelerated pre-health program. Three years of study will be at NJIT, where you must fulfill all University and Honors College requirements. The remaining years of the program will be spent at the professional school.
New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine programs require four years beyond the three years at NJIT. The Bachelor's/M.D. program with St. George's University involves three years at NJIT, two years of study in Grenada (Caribbean Islands), then two years at St. Michael's Medical Center adjoining NJIT in Newark. The DPT program requires 3 years beyond NJIT.
Application deadline for accelerated programs is November 1. Applicants must be interviewed and accepted by both the Albert Dorman Honors College and the medical, dental or optometry school. Final admission decisions are made by these schools.
These programs are highly competitive. Students who are admitted to the Honors College are not necessarily admitted to the accelerated programs. Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence that they have attempted to gain insight or knowledge into their chosen profession through, for example, volunteer or research positions or special programs in or out of school.
How to Apply:
Visit the Common Application.
Apply to NJIT - early action or rolling admission*
Indicate your interest in the Honors College and the Accelerated Program.
Answer all the questions pertaining to the Honors College and the Accelerated program.
Check off the appropriate accelerated program;
Write an essay on the exact topic specified on the application; a general essay is not acceptable and will be rejected. See Tips For Writing an Honors College Essay.
When you finish your first year at the medical, dental, or optometry school, you will be awarded a BS or BA from NJIT. After successfully completing all of your degree work, you will be awarded an MD, DMD, DPT, OD, or MPH.
The accelerated programs are available to graduating high school seniors who will be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Most other accelerating programs are available to graduating high school seniors who will be citizens or permanent residents when they enter the professional school (exception: the St. George’s MD program is open to anyone). Some programs are also open to students currently enrolled at NJIT, or in some cases, transferring to NJIT. Policies vary by program.
*For accelerated pre-health programs, apply to NJIT by the November 1 deadline. Please select the early action option; however, you will not receive an accelerated program decision until March-April 2023
Four-Year Pre-Health Program
Honors Scholars who pursue the four-year pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-optometric program may earn a degree in any department. With your advisor's guidance, you will apply to professional school at an appropriate point during your studies at NJIT.
“The Honors College at NJIT provided me with the flexibility and opportunities I needed to pursue a diverse range of experiences. It offered a unique nexus of cutting-edge research at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, innovative leadership with the eSTEM Competition at the Center for Pre-College Programs, impactful volunteering at University Hospital, and more. I am thankful to the Honors College for its welcoming community that empowered me to embark on this next step in my educational journey.” - Anna Wadhwa ‘21H
Currently, Ms. Wadhwa is a first-year medical student at the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program.