Pre-Medical Program

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

117A Schmucker Science Center South
Pre-Medical Program
Teresa Donze-Reiner, Director and Graduate Coordinator

Committee Members

Dr. Teresa Donze-Reiner, Program Director
Dr. Mahrukh Azam, Chemistry
Dr. Melissa Betz Cichowicz, Chemistry
Dr. Frank E. Fish, Biology
Dr. Jessica Sullivan-Brown, Biology
Dr. Felix E. Goodson, Chemistry
Dr. Jennifer Maresh, Biology
Dr. Susan Johnston (P.A.), Anthropology and Sociology
Dr. Anthony Nicastro, Physics
Dr. Joan Woolfrey, Philosophy
Dr. Melissa Reed, Kinesiology
Dr. Michael Cirigliano, MD FACP, Honorary Member

Program of Study

The post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine has been established at WCU for many years. It is designed for the career-changer student who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in typically a non-science field and needs to take some, if not all, of the science courses as prerequisites for entrance requirements into medical school or another pre-health profession school, including dental, physician assistant, podiatry, optometry, or veterinary school.

Certificate in the Pre-Medical Program

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

All graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


Mahrukh Azam (2004)

Chairperson, Chemistry

B.S., Punjab University; M.S., Quaid-e-Azam University; M.S., Ph.D., Seton Hall University

Frank E. Fish (1980)

B.A., State University of New York at Oswego; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Felix E. Goodson (1998)

A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Susan L. Johnston (2001)

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Hahnemann University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Joan Woolfrey (2000)

Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies

B.S., North Dakota State University; M.A., The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., University of Oregon

Associate Professors

Melissa B. Cichowicz (1986)

Assistant Chairperson, Chemistry

B.S., St. Joseph's College; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Teresa Donze-Reiner (2015)

Director, Pre-Medical Program

Graduate Coordinator, Pre-Medical Program

B.S., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Microbiology University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Melissa A. Reed (2011)

B.S., East Stroudsburg University; M.A., Ph.D., East Carolina University

Jessica Sullivan-Brown (2014)

B.S., James Madison University; Ph.D., Princeton University

Assistant Professor

Jennifer L. Maresh (2016)

B.S., West Chester University; M.S., Duke University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz