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 Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine 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.
Our students will have the opportunity to provide care in the healthcare system's medical offices and hospitals, and to be part of an integrated curriculum that brings together Biomedical, 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 inaugural class of 2024.
The school is a private non-profit institution.
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 living expenses during medical school.
Each cohort will have 48 to 50 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.
Our program is allopathic, meaning all graduates will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Yes, we welcome our students to pursue other programs with nearby universities.
Learn more about opportunities for other degrees here.
No. We encourage you to follow your own career path.
The school is not part of a university. However, we collaborate with nearby universities on various programs.
Pass/Fail Grades: Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine will accept Pass/Fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken by applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been the school’s practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling circumstance. In making this statement, we understand that some undergraduate schools are allowing students to take courses either for a grade or on a Pass/Fail basis. Applicants should not feel pressured by the school of medicine to choose the graded option; students and their families are facing many challenges at this time, and the pressure for grades need not be one of them.
MCAT Tests: The school of medicine will accept applications from individuals unable to take the MCAT due to test cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October 2020, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.
The school will accept applications from individuals unable to take the MCAT due to test cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Since MCAT testing has resumed, we will require applicants to take the MCAT and have a score sent to us before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.
The MCAT must be taken no later than September 2020. The oldest acceptable MCAT date is July 2018.
The school will accept Pass/Fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken by applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic (applicable for the spring and summer 2020 quarter or semester). It has always been the school’s practice to consider grades in the context of other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling circumstance. In making this statement, we understand that some undergraduate schools are allowing students to take courses either for a grade or on a Pass/Fail basis. Applicants should not feel pressured by the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at this time, and the pressure for grades need not be one of them.
The school will accept online coursework taken in spring, summer, and fall 2020 only. We do not recommend taking all prerequisite courses through online coursework. Please note that online bachelor’s degrees will not be considered in the application process. Bachelor’s degrees must be earned from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation.
Joint statement from the admissions deans of California medical schools regarding academic work and MCAT tests that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
Our academic requirements include the following:
In addition, applicants should be able to explain why they believe the school would be a good fit for their academic interests and professional goals.
The following required and recommended pre-medical 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 prerequisite courses are:
The recommended courses are:
No. Although we will accept applications with courses pending, all coursework is required to be completed before you begin your first year at the school.
The school will consider applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S. (green card holders), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
The school is currently unable to accept international students on student visas.
Yes, students with DACA status are eligible to apply to the school.
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.
Applicants are asked to complete the MCAT no later than September 2020; For the 2021 application cycle, the school considers MCAT scores dating back to July 2018. There are no minimum requirements for quantitative measures like MCAT scores or GPA.
No. Our location in Pasadena, California, located just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, provides an ideal educational environment. However, we plan to admit a student body that hails from all over the country.
We don’t require students to commit to any particular specialty. We encourage you to explore your interests at the school.
Students will be responsible for finding housing in Pasadena or the surrounding areas. We will be happy to help you identify your own housing and connect with classmates.
We expect our students to matriculate with the class into which they’re accepted. However, if you face extenuating circumstances, we will consider them.
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. View our Application Process.
AMCAS applications are due no later than October 1, 2020.
All applicants who complete the Primary Application through AMCAS will be invited to submit our Secondary Application.
The school’s Secondary Application is due no later than November 1, 2020.
We send offers of admission on a rolling basis beginning October 2020 and ending March 2021. View our Application Timeline.
No, online bachelor’s degrees will not be considered in the application process.
Yes, community college courses will be considered.
The school will accept application updates only from candidates who are invited to be interviewed. For the 2021 application cycle, the school will send out invitations for interviews on a rolling basis beginning in July 2020.