Becoming a Doctor

Becoming a doctor

Linkage Programs

One of the most exciting features of the Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Program is our linkage program with five excellent medical schools. Students who have outstanding qualifications upon entering the program and who continue to succeed academically and in their volunteer placements while enrolled in the program will be invited to apply for a linkage. Typically, about a quarter of the students in each class successfully enter medical school through our linkage programs in the fall following the completion of their Post-Baccalaureate curriculum at Scripps College. Acceptance to medical school through our linkage programs is contingent upon continued high academic achievement and performance on the MCAT.

Scripps has linkage agreements with the following schools:

  • Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
  • Hofstra North Shore LIF School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, CA*

*There is an early decision option for entrance to the Western University of Health Sciences, available to one student per year. This involves an application and interview process in March, prior to matriculation to the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Program.


Laura Haworth"A huge reason I chose the Scripps post-bac program was the small class sizes. I benefited from the accessible advisors and professors and appreciated the program’s track record of getting students into medical school. Through the program, I have become more confident that I can achieve in the sciences."

Laura Haworth, Class of 2013
George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2013–2017)


Glide year

After completing the Post-Bac Program, students who do not commit to a linkage agreement enter into a year of transition, commonly referred to as the glide year. Most students who complete a post-baccalaureate program begin the medical school application process in June, following the completion of their program, with the intention of beginning medical school approximately 14 months later.

During a glide year, students continue to develop their professional portfolios as prospective medical students. Many students use this year to continue to take additional courses such as molecular biology, genetics, or statistics. This is also an ideal time to participate in a research opportunity. The Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Program continues to offer advising through the glide year.

Recently, our glide year students have been enrolled in continuing education classes and have participated in research projects at City of Hope, Loma Linda University Medical Center, UCSF Breast Care Center, Kings County Hospital/SUNY Downstate, UCSD Moore Cancer Center, and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.

Professional school acceptances

The following medical and health professional schools have accepted our students, and the list is growing. Schools in bold indicate where our graduates have been accepted in the past five years.

Medical Schools

Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston University
Chicago Medical School
Columbia University
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth University
Drexel University
Emory University
George Washington University
Harvard Medical School
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Johns Hopkins University
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Loma Linda University
Mayo Medical School
MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Northwestern University
New York University
Pennsylvania State University
Rush Medical College
St. Louis University
Temple University
Tufts University
Touro University – SF and NY

Medical Schools

UCB-UCSF MSP Joint Medical Program
University of Arizona
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles (David Geffen School of Medicine)
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco (3)
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine)
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University at St. Louis
Western University of Health Sciences COMP
Yale University

Dental Schools

Boston University
Harvard University
Temple University
University of Michigan
University of the Pacific
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California

Veterinary Medical Schools

Tufts University
University of California, Davis
University of Pennsylvania