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Premedical Urban Leaders Summer Enrichment (PULSE)

The PULSE 2018 application deadline has now passed. Those who submitted a complete application will be notified by March 23rd, 2018 whether they have been selected for this year's program.

PULSE is a six week summer academic enrichment program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a healthcare profession. This program provides academic, clinical, research and service learning opportunities with a focus on urban health needs. Developed by the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), the PULSE program helps students become lifelong learners and empowers them to use their knowledge to make a difference in their communities.

The primary goal of PULSE is to provide students from underrepresented and/or educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds exposure to medical professions. PULSE is a full-day program that runs five days per week for six weeks and culminates with the PULSE Symposium. At the symposium, students formally present posters highlighting their summer work or research projects to faculty, family and friends. Stipends are only available to students who meet the educational and financial disadvantage criteria as stipulated by the HRSA grant. To view income guidelines, click here.


Application Release Date: October 20, 2017

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Transcript & Letters of Recommendation Deadline: CLOSED

2018 Program Dates: June 4 - July 13, 2018


PULSE is divided into three program phases, each targeting students at different stages of their education.

Phase I Designed for students who have just started pre-professional studies and have completed the general eligibility requirements
Phase II

Designed for students who have completed the following:
- Two semesters of Biology, Chemistry and Organic chemistry
- GPA of at least 3.0

Phase III Designed for students who are at or near the point of applying to professional school and have completed nearly all pre-professional science requirements

Click here for more detailed information about the program phases, sample schedules, as well as other requirements for admission.

Click here for information about Special CMSRU MD Admissions Pathways for PULSE participants.


Location: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (Camden, NJ)

Academic Credit: Academic credit is not provided. However, students will benefit from the opportunity to network with health professionals and medical school administrators. Additionally, students will receive priority consideration when applying to subsequent phases of the PULSE program.

Daily Transportation: Participants are expected to provide their own transportation to campus for the entire duration of the program.

Housing: Housing is not provided. However, Rutgers-Camden offers dormitory accommodations at a discounted rate to PULSE participants and students may receive a stipend to offset these costs. Rutgers-Camden is within walking distance of CMSRU and is easily accessible via public transportation.

Health Insurance: Health insurance for participating students is not provided. Students must submit proof of health insurance for participation.


We welcome students who have previously participated in Phases I or II of the PULSE program to reapply for admission to a more advanced level. Special consideration will be given to students who are underrepresented in medicine and those from educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds. However, all applicants are invited to apply. To view all application requirements and to apply, click here.


If you have any questions about PULSE or the application process, please contact:

Taruna Chugeria

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Attn: PULSE Program
401 S. Broadway
Camden, NJ 08103