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Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine

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Pennsylvania State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center opened its doors to the first class of medical students in 1967. It became the first medical school in the nation to establish a Department of Humanity, introducing humanistic disciplines into the required medical curriculum. The school was also the first to start an independent Department of Family and Community Medicine. From its beginning, medical education and patient care have been guided by the institution’s commitment to be innovative in providing patient care.


4-year semimodern. First year: The curriculum combines elements of traditional medical teaching and case-based, student-centered learning with strategic lectures, laboratories, and small-group discussions. Second year: More heavily oriented to case-based learning in organ/system approach to human health, pathophysiology, and disease. Third year: Includes a sequence of required core clinical clerkships in internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, family and community medicine, and primary care. These are supplemented by available selectives, as well as week-long sessions in Advanced Clinical Diagnostic and Therapeutics, Communications and Professionalism, and Improving Healthcare. Fourth year: The school offers a wide variety of both clinical and research electives. All students participate in an individualized research program.

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Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school is strongly committed to and actively involved in the recruitment of minority applicants. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in a number of disciplines. An overseas study program is available to selected applicants.


Three years of college and the basic premedical science courses plus 1 year of mathematics and 1 semester each of humanities and behavioral science are required. Recommended courses include calculus, statistics, genetics, and sociology. Additional courses in the humanities and social sciences are also encouraged. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer is possible from LCME-accredited institutions.


Examinations may be written, oral, or practical. Grades of Honors, High Pass, Pass or Fail are determined by the faculty. The faculty is also responsible for recommendations for promotion and graduation. Students must take Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE and have a score reported in order to graduate. Teaching:The principal structure is the 9-story Medical Sciences Building and Hospital, which contains basic teaching facilities, clinical sciences facilities, the teaching hospital, and research laboratories. Other: The Animal Research Farm is used for both teaching and research. The Central Animal Quarters, located in the Medical Sciences Building, is designed for teaching and experimentation. A Biomedical Research Building provides space for faculty and students. Library: The Harrell Library serves the Medical Sciences Building and the teaching hospital. Holdings total more than 100,000 volumes. This includes more than 3200 medical history, humanities, and rare books. About 2000 journal titles are currently received. The library also contains a Library Learning Center and individual student study carrels. Housing: There are 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.76
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.13
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.25
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hershey, PA 17033-2360
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population15,069 (13,335 urban / 1,734 rural)
Households6,352 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,816
Families3,971 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Medical schools and medical centers
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4215

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $19,304 $19,304 $32,416
FT Graduate Required Fees $540 $540 $540
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $804 $804 $1,351
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $44,162 $51,984
Medical Degree — Required Fees $690 $690

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

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Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 5 2 16 28
Anatomy 2 3 5
Animal Physiology 1 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 1 1
Epidemiology 1 6 7
Genetics, General
Medical Scientist 1 2 3
Neuroscience 1 1
Public Health, General 2 5 1 2 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,220
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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