Your Path to Medical School

Premedical studies is not a major: it is a focused course of study designed to keep your coursework on track so you are eligible for admission to a medical, dental, veterinary or other health-related professions school of your choice. You will work closely with the Premedical Studies advisor to develop a plan of study that meets your educational goals.

This program is open to undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students

From Student to Resident MD

With strong mentorship from our leading faculty and unmatched experiential learning opportunities, Rider’s premedical studies program provides the solid foundation needed for advanced study. You’ll find our graduates working to make the transition from student to practitioner in these top medical programs.

Graduate Medical Programs

  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Rutgers NJ Medical School
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 
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Program Requirements

Rider’s premedical program curriculum is highly individualized. In addition to basic core prerequisites, the program offers the opportunity to take courses in advanced biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and behavioral neurosciences to enhance students' academic profiles and to help them prepare to succeed in rigorous professional or graduate school curricula.

Prescribe Your Future

Our emphasis on early laboratory and fieldwork experiences helps to ensure you’ll meet certain requirements for admission into medical programs. Benefit from Rider’s intensive internship courses with our partnering health organizations including the Capital Health Systems, collaborate with faculty on paid research opportunities and take advantage of external internship opportunities. 

Harish Appiakannan ’19, 2018 Rider URSA recipient
Faculty taught me to be a better thinker and challenged me in ways that I don't think professors in other universities would have been able to due to the amount of students they have.
Harish Appiakannan '19

Pre-Health Handbook

This handbook is a very helpful resource for those students considering a career in healthcare or allied health professions including: what experiences you should obtain and courses to take at Rider to prepare yourself for your next step after Rider and advice for applying to professional schools after Rider.


Jonathan Karp


Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

Science Hall 339E

jkarp [at]


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