Professional Scholars Programs


Medical Scholars Program
Dental Scholars Program

Augusta University offers two programs which allow outstanding students the opportunity to achieve their BS and MD or BS and DMD degrees in only seven years.   In each case students will spend their first three years in pursuit of the BS in Cell and Molecular Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM).  In their fourth year students will begin their four year program in medicine or dentistry through either the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) or the Dental College of Georgia (CDM).  Courses taken in the first year of those programs will be used to satisfy any remaining course requirements needed to complete the BS degree.

Eligible students who wish to pursue one of these programs must first apply to Augusta University as an undergraduate and select Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology as a major.  If accepted to Augusta University and if the basic eligibility requirements are met, then the student will be contacted by email and offered a specific program application which should be returned along with one letter of recommendation.  Applicants will be selected by an admission committee composed of faculty from CSM and from MCG or CDM.

Students accepted in these programs will take classes together as a cohort and participate in special opportunities for volunteering, clinical exposure, research, and more.  They will experience a very robust curriculum which exceeds the basic preparatory requirements of the MD program, and as a result, they will be prepared well to excel at the next level. 

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

Medical Scholars Program

High School GPA:  3.7

Minimum SAT score (math/critical reading): Prior to March 2016 -  1400                         

or Minimum ACT score:                      32

Additional requirements of students in the BS/MD program include successful completion of an interview following the first year of study, maintaining a cumulative and science + math GPA of 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7 at the end of the first, second, and third year respectively, completing 40 hours of volunteer clinical service in a medical facility by October 31 of the third year, and achieving a minimum score of no less than the prior year’s national mean for medical school matriculants on the MCAT.  The MCAT must be taken no later than September 30 of the third year. Due to the nature of the curriculum all courses are to be taken during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.  Students enrolled in the Professional Scholars program do not have the option to take courses out of sequence, repeat courses, or take courses at another institution during the summer.  

Dental Scholars Program

High School GPA:  3.7

Minimum SAT score (math/verbal): Prior to March 2016 -  1400                         

or Minimum ACT score:                      32

Additional requirements of students in the BS/DMD program include successful completion of interviews following both the first and third years of study, maintaining a cumulative and science + math GPA of 3.6 at the end of each of the first three years, completion of 75 hours of volunteer clinical service in a dental facility by October 31 of the third year, completion of one semester of undergraduate research under the direction of a CDM faculty member, and achievement of Academic, Perceptual Ability, and Total DAT scores equal to the average of the previously accepted DMD class.  The DAT must be taken no later than September 30 of the third year. Due to the nature of the curriculum all courses are to be taken during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.  Students enrolled in the Professional Scholars program do not have the option to take courses out of sequence, repeat courses, or take courses at another institution during the summer.  

Please note that the University’s Early Action application deadline is November 15th.  All qualified applicants who apply by that date will be contacted, in December, by email and offered a secondary application for their desired program. Secondary applications are due by January 15, 2017.​ 

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