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Enlisted to Physician Preparatory Program for Military

Enlisted to Medical Degree Program for Military

Enlisted to Physician Program Needs YOU!

There is a program that offers the opportunity for enlisted military personnel to start on their paths to becoming a physician. It is called the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2).

If you are…

  • an enlisted service member of our Armed Forces
  • even remotely interested in the medical field
  • looking for a way to advance your career

Then this program may be of interest to you.

The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

The program is a partnership between the Uniformed Services University (USU), George Mason University, and the US Armed Forces.  The EMPD2 program is 24-months long and enables highly qualified enlisted service members to complete the preparatory coursework for application to medical school while maintaining an active duty status!

The program’s components include full-time coursework in a traditional classroom setting, structured pre-health advising, formal Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation, dedicated faculty and peer mentoring at USU, and integrated clinical exposure. Students who successfully complete the program would be competitive applicants to medical school.

Additionally, part of the program is a Pre-medical Undergraduate Certificate offered through George Mason University.

Criteria/Requirements for Admission

EMDP2 candidates will be “service members who demonstrate integrity, are passionate about service in harm’s way, and are dedicated to becoming future clinicians, leaders and scholars of the nation’s medical force.”

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate or masters degree from an accredited academic institution, with a minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA).

EMDP2 Application Information

Here are some important documents you’ll need to apply for this great program:

If you have a questions about the program, contact the EMDP2 Office at this email address: emdp2@usuhs.edu.

Online Information Sessions

The Uniformed Services University offers online information sessions on the new EMDP2 application process. Registration is prioritized for military members and Department of Defense civilian employees (including military contractors). There is a limit of one session per person. Additional sessions may be provided based on applicant demand. Register here for an online information session!

Make the Move

Opportunities like this one are not easy to find. I remember being a young enlisted soldier with two years in the Army, wondering what opportunities were out there. I had the chance to attend the West Point Prep School, but I turned it down for a lady. I could have applied to fly helicopters as a warrant officer, but I sat on my application between each deployment to Iraq. By the time I was motivated to do something, I was a senior NCO staring down retirement!

Take my advice. If becoming a doctor or a nurse interests you, jump at this as soon as you can!

You have the information, now make your move. Good luck!

(Image courtesy of the Uniformed Services University)


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Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.