Program overview

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. 

Preparing the foundation for advanced study

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

Our alumni have advanced to these 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

Post-baccalaureate program overview

Rider University offers students with baccalaureate degrees the opportunity to take the undergraduate science course prerequisites for medical, dental, veterinary or graduate school. Although not a masters degree program, post baccalaureate students receive advising and academic support from Rider's Premedical Studies Committee. Additionally, students take advantage of the Continuing Education part-time rate regardless of the number of credits taken per semester. Financial aid may be available.

To be eligible for status as a post-baccalaureate Premedical student

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and you must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA in all completed undergraduate work.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


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Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

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Academic Focus: Behavioral Neuroscience

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