Special Programs for Pre-Health Students

There are several special programs available to pre-health students within Harpur College. Some of these are internal to Binghamton University, while others involve an articulation agreement with another university. Most require that you be a sophomore or junior to participate; one admits second semester freshman. 

  • Early Assurance Programs

    Binghamton's Early Assurance program for early admission during the sophomore year into SUNY's Upstate Medical University, Buffalo School of Medicine or Dental Medicine, and the SUNY Optometry Joint Degree Program helps take the pressure off students pursuing these degrees.

    Binghamton University-SUNY Upstate Medical Program

    This program is open to second semester sophomores only. Students interested in the program should obtain the application form from the Upstate web page early in the spring semester of sophomore year. If accepted, students will be able to spend their last two years at Binghamton without the pressures (i.e. interviews, etc.) ordinarily experienced by premedical students during this period of their lives. The criteria for this program are listed in the Freshman-Sophomore Pre-Health Handbook.

    Interested students should meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor by the end of the fall semester of sophomore year.

    Binghamton University-SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Early Assurance Program

    This program is designed to assure an undergraduate student an acceptance into dental school after two years of study, thus allowing the completion of the remainder of the four year undergraduate curriculum without concern for admission into dental school. Interested students should meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor by the end of the fall semester of sophomore year. The criteria for this program are listed in the Freshman-Sophomore Pre-Health Handbook.

    Interested students should meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor by the end of the fall semester of sophomore year.

    Binghamton University-SUNY Optometry Joint-Degree Program

    You can fast-track your future with a BA (biological sciences) degree from Binghamton and an OD degree from SUNY Optometry in seven years, instead of the eight years it normally takes to complete both degrees. You may apply to this program as a high school senior, second semester freshman, or sophomore. Because of the structured nature of the course work and the short time (three years) you will be at Binghamton if accepted into the program, transfer students are typically not eligible for the program.

    Application information and deadlines are available on the SUNY Optometry website.

    Students Interested in the SUNY Buffalo, Upstate or Optometry Programs:

    Students should read the Information for Applicants page. Once you have read this information, you should pursue any questions you have with Linda Igo, the Pre-Health Secretary or with Dr. W. Thomas Langhorne, the Pre-Health Advisor for juniors, seniors and alumni.

    Binghamton University-Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Early Acceptance Program

    This program is open to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend Binghamton University and to freshman and sophomore students already enrolled at Binghamton University. The program is designed to facilitate the admission of Binghamton University students into LECOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Application forms are available on the LECOM website. For further information, please consult the LECOM website, and the Pre-Health Freshman-Sophomore Handbook

    Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Early Assurance Program (PEAP)

    The Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program (PEAP) provides academically exceptional students future admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. These students will be able to apply to the PEAP during the second semester of their freshman year and enter the pre-pharmacy program. Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) has built this program to allow students the flexibility to choose a path of entry that is best for them. Students are able to enter the SOPPS and earn a PharmD in 4 years once they have completed all the undergraduate prerequisite courses. Possible routes include (a) completion of undergraduate prerequisite courses in two years (2+4), (b) completion of prerequisite courses in three years, with or without earning a bachelor's degree (3+4), or (c) completion of prerequisite courses and a bachelor's degree in four years (4+4). Visit the PEAP website for prerequisite requirements and sample curriculum schedules. Applications for PEAP are due February 15th and will be available on the SOPPS website around December 2017.

  • Harpur College Summer Physician Mentor Program

    Sophomore and junior pre-medical students can experience the realities of medicine by shadowing Harpur alumni physicians in the New York metro area over summer break.  More information and link to application can be found HERE.

    Please note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.


There are several pre-health scholarships available to current juniors who will be seniors in the next academic year, and two scholarships available to a current sophomores who will be a juniors in the next academic year. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Internships and Mentoring

On-the-job professional health experience through mentor programs and internships are a critical component to success in applying to a professional school. They are available at local hospitals, health centers and private practices during the academic year or in the summer.

For Internships and Research program information click here . (Updated 2/5/2021)

Study Abroad and National Student Exchange

Pre-health students can participate in study abroad or National Student Exchange (NSE) programs. Participants in NSE spend up to a calendar year attending another college or university in a different part of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Campus clubs for aspiring veterinarians, dentists, optometrists and doctors offer forums for discussion and connect students to a network of opportunities. They are also an important addition to any professional school application. Binghamton's include:

For additional pre-health clubs and organizations, please go to B-Engaged

Links to Professional Organizations

American Medical Student Association

Association of American Medical Colleges

American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

American Dental Education Association

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Physical Therapy Association

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Occupational Therapy Association