Frequently Asked Questions

Accelerated Program FAQs

What is the deadline to apply to Temple's Accelerated Programs?

We will accept applications from high school seniors on a rolling basis until March 1st. At this point, students who have not applied are welcome to still do so by December 15th their first semester for consideration in the spring semester. If a student would like to be informed of their acceptance prior to committing to attending Temple University, we recommend that they submit their Accelerated Program application by the end of January of their senior year in high school.

Do you prefer in-state applicants?

We have no preference for in or out-of-state applicants. Past Accelerated Program Students have come to us from all over the United States.

Do I need to be a US citizen?

Students interested in the Accelerated Program for Dentistry, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy do not need to be US citizens in order to qualify.

What if I'm not accepted to the Accelerated Program?

Our Accelerated Programs are comprised of a very small population of students compared to our traditional pre-dent, pre-pharm, pre-PT, and pre-podiatry tracks. Students who are not accepted as Accelerated Program students are still welcome to come to Temple University and work closely with us. Students interested in these options may also apply a second time by the end of their first semester at Temple University (December 15th deadline). If a student has addressed areas of weakness and shown a strong first semester, we may still consider them for the Accelerated Program.

What kinds of letters of recommendation should be sent for the program?

As listed on the application, applicants should provide three letters of recommendation - one from a science teacher, one from a teacher in any subject, and one from an area of health-related shadowing or volunteering. Any additional letters beyond these three will not be considered. The letters provided should also not be from family members.

Is there a specific hour requirement for health-related activities?

We require that students have demonstrated experience shadowing or volunteering in a health-related setting. This is an important way to show that each student understands that the chosen track is the right field for them. We do not require a specific number of hours, but instead look at the quality of the experiences that each student brings.

How will I know if all of my materials have been received?

It is each student's responsibility to track what documents are still needed for their completed Accelerated Program application. Applicants may call 215-204-2513 to check on the status of their supplemental documents. Should PPHS need to contyact the applicant, correspondences will be through the student's email address provided on the Accelerated Program application.

Do I need to apply Early Action in order to be considered as an Accelerated Program student?

No – students are encouraged to apply to Temple's undergraduate application as early as they can, but it is not required that they submit an ‘Early Action' application.

Does this program guarantee entry to Temple's respective professional program?

The Accelerated Program provides provisional, not guaranteed, acceptance to professional school. Accepted Accelerated Program students must still maintain their academic profile, take a professional school exam (DAT, PCAT, GRE, or MCAT), and submit a special application to Temple's specific professional school during their Junior year of college. Students must maintain a specific GPA (overall and math/science) at their time of presentation and provide an exam score in line with the professional school's requests.

What are the advantages to being an Accelerated Program student?

Our Accelerated Program students are specially presented respectively to Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, School of Podiatry, or Doctor of Physical Therapy program in a cohort all of their own. Accelerated Program students are also under specific linkage guidelines that, if met, provide provisional acceptance to Temple's specific professional program after just three years of undergraduate coursework. After completion of their first year of professional school, Accelerated Program students will also earn their bachelor's degree.

How many seats are available for the Accelerated Program?

There is no specific seat number and each year is a little bit different. We are more concerned with the strength of each student's application to the program as well as their performance on during their first semester.

What major should I choose on the undergraduate application?

The Accelerated Program will still require students to choose a major in which they will earn their bachelor's degree. Our pre-health students have a wide range of academics majors from across multiple disciplines. There is no place on the undergraduate application to list your interest in the Accelerated Program, however you are showing us this interest by submitting the separate application found on our website. The pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-podiatry Accelerated Program tracks require that a student majors in the College of Science and Technology (CST). Common choices for this are either Biology or Chemistry. Students interested in the 3+3 Physical Therapy track have the option to major within CST or to have a Kinesiology major in the College of Public Health (CPH). For any of these options, choose a major that best fits your interests and strengths. If a major outside of these options is more appealing, it may be beneficial for a student to not consider Accelerated Program options and instead follow a more traditional 4-year plan.

Are there any special scholarships available to students accepted as Accelerated Program students?

While there is no scholarship specifically tied to the Accelerated Program, many of our recent students - due to their strong academic and standardized test scores - have qualified for a variety of aid. The admissions office can provide more information on the types of aid available to incoming students:

How do I learn more about the Accelerated Program?

All information about the Accelerated Program can be found on this webpage. We also encourage students to take in part in Temple's Fall Open Houses and Experience Temple Days. More information about these opportunities can be found on the admissions webpage:

If you have any additional questions not found here, feel free to reach out to us directly.

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Temple University
Pre-Professional Health Studies

Mitten Hall, Suite 110
1913 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 204-2513
Fax: (215) 204-2516
Twitter: TemplePPHS


Kimberly Buck-Speck | Director
Neida Perez | Senior Advisor
Courtney Chappelle | Advisor
Lisa Thayer | Advisor

Office Hours

Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)