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Kaiser Permanente is an integrated healthcare system that provides medical care and health coverage and promotes health and wellness, supporting its founding idea — one the School shares — that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy life. For nearly 80 years, Kaiser Permanente has pursued its mission to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare services and improve the health of its members and communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente's social mission is reflected in its commitment to health equity for all and a culture of inclusion of diverse points of view and backgrounds.
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine students will have the unique opportunity to provide care in the healthcare system's medical offices and hospitals, and to be part of an integrated curriculum that brings together Foundational, Clinical, and Health Systems Sciences.
As a new medical school, the School has achieved the highest level of accreditation possible at this stage and has been approved to enroll students for the Class of 2024.
The School is a private non-profit institution.
The School is expected to open in August 2020.
Our inaugural class will have 48 students.
The School welcomes students who are committed to its mission and are intelligent, curious, and creative, and who aspire to deliver outstanding care to patients and uphold the highest values of the profession. A passion for learning paired with a collaborative spirit will help our students excel in an educational environment focused on excellence, well-being, and teamwork. To promote inclusivity, we seek a student body that represents different backgrounds, characteristics, attributes, points of view, life experiences, and identities.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada. International students meeting that requirement, if admitted, will be responsible for their own visas.
Yes, students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are eligible to apply to the School.
No. Our location in Pasadena, California, located just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, provides an ideal educational environment. However, we hope to admit a student body that hails from all over the country.
Because the School’s curriculum is integrated to include classroom learning and clinical practice across all four years of education, we do not accept transfer students.
The following required and recommended premedical courses were selected to align with the goals of our School and to prepare students to get the most out of our curriculum. The recommended courses are intended to prepare students for the rigorous curriculum and to become culturally sensitive practitioners.


The required prerequisite courses are:

  • Behavioral and social science (e.g., anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, psychology, sociology): one-half academic year
  • General biology with laboratory: one academic year
  • General inorganic chemistry or equivalent with laboratory: one academic year
  • General physics with laboratory: one academic year
  • Humanities (e.g., art, English, history, literature, philosophy): one-half academic year

The recommended prerequisite courses are:

  • Organic chemistry and biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Population health, epidemiology, or other public health course
  • Language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, American Sign Language, etc.)
Your prerequisite coursework must be completed by or during spring of the matriculation year.
Applicants are asked to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three years of matriculation, but there are no minimum requirements for quantitative measures like MCAT scores or GPA.
Yes, we welcome our students to pursue joint degree programs with nearby universities.
To apply, you’ll need to complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and fulfill subsequent AMCAS requirements such as submitting transcripts, letters of recommendation, and MCAT scores. You’ll also need to complete our School’s Secondary Application.
AMCAS applications are due October 1, 2019.
We send offers of admission on a rolling basis.
The School’s Secondary Application is due November 1, 2019.
We are pleased to provide full-tuition scholarships to the School’s first five classes for all four years. In addition, we offer financial aid packages to help offset other costs of medical school.
No. We encourage you to follow your own career path.
The School is not tied to a university, giving us the freedom to innovate in the classroom and in the Kaiser Permanente patient care settings, where our students will train, from the beginning of the first school year.


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