Health Professions

Special Programs

University of Rochester School of Nursing 4/3 Program

Early Assurance Medical Programs

University of Rochester School of Nursing 4/3 Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the University of Rochester School of Nursing have established a 4/3 program that provides third-year students a guaranteed seat in either the one-year post baccalaureate program leading to RN licensure or the three-year program leading to nurse practitioner certification. Applicants must be a full-time student at HWS, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite courses. Students must complete the University of Rochester School of Nursing on-line application, apply for a letter of recommendation by the HWS Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), and interview at the University Of Rochester School of Nursing in their junior year.


  • Genetics (BIOL 220)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 222)
  • Anatomy (BIOL 324)
  • Physiology (BIOL 233)
  • Human Growth and Development (PSY 203 or EDUC 202; PSY 205 acceptable)
  • Statistics (either BIOL 212 or PSY 210)

Interested students should submit a letter of intent to the Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee by April 15 of their sophomore year. Once a student has received HPAC approval, the application to the University of Rochester School of Nursing must be completed by November 1 of the junior year (preferably earlier). The University of Rochester makes a final yes/no decision before the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year.

For more information, visit the University of Rochester School of Nursing website.

Early Assurance Medical Programs

These programs, offered by the following institutions, allow qualified students be accepted to medical school after the second year of college. The programs free accepted students from the time and financial pressures associated with the medical school application process.

SUNY Upstate Medical University Early Assurance Program

Program requirements:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.50
  • A minimum science grade point average of 3.50 in required medical school science prerequisites
  • SAT score of 1300 (Math & Critical Reading only) or a 29 ACT Composite
  • 3 of the 4 science sequences (see below) completed prior to application (All science courses must have the corresponding lab):
    • General Biology- (2 semesters; Bio 212 does not meet this requirement)
    • General Chemistry- (Chemistry 110 & Chemistry 280)
    • Organic Chemistry- (2 semesters)
    • General Physics (2 semesters – calculus based recommended)
  • Accepted early assurance students must earn a combined MCAT score of 30 by January of the year of entry.

Interested students should submit an application to HPAC during the spring of their sophomore year. Deadline: SUNY Upstate admissions office must have completed EAP application by July 1.

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The Mount Sinai Humanities and Medicine Early Acceptance Program

The Humanities and Medicine Program provides a path to medical school that offers undergraduate students maximum flexibility to explore their interests in humanities and social sciences. Students apply to the Humanities and Medicine Program during the first semester of their sophomore year. Juniors are considered on a space available basis. Notification of admission is made before Jan 1st.

Program Requirements:

  • Humanities or Social Sciences major
  • 1 year chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry by the end of junior year
  • College-level physics not required (High School or some physics recommended)
  • 1 year biology completed by the end of senior year
  • 8-week Summer Program at Mount Sinai between junior and senior years includes:
    • Organic Chemistry/Physics course
    • Clinical service rotations
    • Weekly ethics discussions
    • Free housing
    • Commitment to community service and demonstrated leadership on and off campus.
  • GPA: 3.5 or higher; average accepted: 3.7

Deadline: October 1. Applications are available on July 1. Review of applications will begin on September 15. Application to this program does not require a HPAC letter. However, you should discuss your application with the chair of HPAC.

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