"The medical staff really appreciate the help Health Scholars provide and were more than willing to answer any questions I had about the medical field…"
–Taylor Harris

Pre-Med Scholar

For students and graduates (age 18+) of colleges and universities, who are preparing for medical school

UCLA Certificate

Certificate in Patient Experience and Pre-Medical Studies


Scholars must be enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university, and be at least 18 years old.

The Experience

Get ready for an intense summer experience. You will start with a week-long training program concluding with written and practical exams. Upon passing the exams, you will move into an 8-week learning program including hands-on patient care experience mirroring the Health Scholar program along with intensive MCAT review and supplementary workshops to prepare you for medical school admissions. This is a great opportunity for pre-med students who live outside the immediate geographic areas of the sites to get the hands-on training offered by COPE Health Scholars.

Who Should Apply

The program is ideal for those interested in careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant

College students, “gap year” students, recent graduates, “post bacc” students, or career changers who are preparing to take the MCAT in Fall 2017 or early Spring 2018 would benefit most from this program.


Not planning on taking the MCAT but still want an intensive summer? Take a look at our Summer Intensive Health Scholar program for more opportunities!

Program Components

  • Intensive MCAT prep course
  • Clinical coursework & training
  • Clinical observations
  • Department & facility tours
  • Health care workshops
  • Fun activities & special events
  • COPE Connect membership
  • Hands-on patient comfort care experience
  • Lectures by UCLA faculty

The Benefits

  • Fulfill clinical experience hours required or preferred by medical schools
  • Prepare for the MCAT through intensive coursework
  • Gain an inside view of medical specialties as you rotate through many areas in the hospital or ambulatory care setting

Summer Pre-Med Scholar 2018 Sessions Locations


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