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University of Rochester School of Nursing 4/1 and 4/3 Programs

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the University of Rochester School of Nursing have established 4/1 and 4/3 programs that provide 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 1360 (Math & Critical Reading only) or a 30 ACT Composite
  • Any 5 out of the 8 courses listed below completed by the end of the spring semester of sophomore year:
    • BIOL 167 Intro to Biology
    • Any 200-level biology course other than BIOL 212
    • CHEM 110 Intro General Chemistry
    • CHEM 120 Intermediate General Chemistry
    • CHEM 190 Accelerated General Chemistry
    • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 348 Biochemistry I
    • PHYS 150 Intro Physics I
    • PHYS 160 Intro Physics II
  • Accepted early assurance students must maintain a 3.50 GPA overall, and a 3.50 science GPA. They must also earn an MCAT score of 510 by August 31 in the year prior to 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 Donald and Vera Blinken FelxMed Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Humanities and Medicine Program provides a path to medical school that offers undergraduate students maximum flexibility to explore their interests unencumbered by traditional science requirements and the MCAT. Students apply to the Humanities and Medicine Program during the first semester of their sophomore year.

To be eligible, you must have taken the SAT or ACT, and you must have completed at least two biology courses, or two chemistry courses, or two physics courses. AP credit does not count towards eligibility requirements.

Deadline: January 15 of your sophomore year. Applications are available on August 1. Acceptances sent July 1. Application to this program does not require endorsement from HWS, however, you should discuss your application with the health professions adviser.

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