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University of the Sciences and TCMC formalize articulation agreement

Monday, November 15, 2020

Philadelphia, Pa.—University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in Scranton have formalized an articulation agreement that would help students earn their medical doctorate degree.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for University of the Sciences students to travel in a direct path to medical school,” said Dr. Suzanne Murphy, dean of the USciences’ Misher College of Arts and Sciences. “The agreement also benefits TCMC because they receive excellent students who are prepared for the rigors of medical school.”

The agreement allows for up to seven students per year to be accepted into TCMC provided they meet undergraduate perquisites, including the MCATs. Students would apply to the program prior to admission or no later than the end of the second year at USciences where they would be screened for acceptance, successfully complete four years of education including the admission requirements for TCMC’s Doctor of Medicine Program, and then graduate with a bachelor of science degree before moving on to medical school.

“Both institutions share a commitment to academic excellence, dedication to education, research, and community service which can make a seamless transition for prospective medical students to enter medical school,” stated Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD, president and dean of TCMC. “We are committed to working with institutions to develop agreements that will enhance and expand the overall educational experience for students studying in Pennsylvania,” Dr. D’Alessandri continued.

“Clearly the advantage for students is an identified seat at the start of their collegiate careers,” Dr. Murphy said.

The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the newest allopathic medical schools in the United States focuses on providing a community-based distributive model of medical education offering student early clinical exposure beginning the first day of their education. In TCMC’s three regional campuses of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport, students are assigned a continuity mentor and multi-generational family that they follow for all four years of their medical education. In years three and four of their medical education, students live in their assigned regional campuses where they will train in inpatient and outpatient settings. For information, go to

At University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821, including founders of six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy, the 3,000 students in the USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide. For more information about University of the Sciences, visit


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