Medical schools are designed to prepare students for careers as medical doctors, which involves earning an undergraduate degree that meets pre-medical requirements followed by 4 years of medical school, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aspiring doctors then need to complete internship and residency programs, which range from 3 to 8 years. Medical programs are typically found on the campuses of 4-year universities. In order to be eligible for licensure, aspiring medical professionals must attend a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. There are two accredited medical schools in New Jersey.
The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden is committed to providing students with a seamless medical education for the duration of the M.D. program. That includes incorporating scientific concepts, patient care and clinical experience into all parts of the 4-year program. First-year students complete courses in DNA recombination and cell division, cell structure, medical practice foundations, cell cycle, DNA analytical techniques and chromosome structure. Through the first 2 years of the program, students gain a scientific background and acquire skills that are reinforced through clinical rotations. In the third and fourth years of the program, students complete clinical practice experiences. Students can also join complementary organizations, such as the Student National Medical Association, Complementary and Alternative Medicine or National Hispanic Medical Association.
New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers University)
The New Jersey Medical School is part of Rutgers University, the largest public university in the state. It is located on the Rutgers campus in Newark. The MD curriculum at this school consists of three phases. In the first phase, which lasts for the first year, students take core biomedical courses, which cover molecular and cellular biology, immunology and organ systems with a focus on patient care. In the second phase, they choose electives and clinical clerkships in particular areas of interest; options include family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, OB/Gyn, neurology and psychiatry. In the third phase, students complete acting-internships that facilitate further career exploration so that they can decide whether they would prefer to pursue acute care or quality of life care in the future.
The school also offers four additional joint degree programs. In the MD/MBA program, students take advanced business courses in addition to standard MD training. Similarly, the MD/MPH program combines medical coursework with studies in public health, such as epidemiology and health education. Both the MD/PhD and MD with Thesis programs provide medical students the opportunity to conduct basic or translational science research in addition to getting practical physician training. An alternative option for aspiring physicians who want to broaden their education without earning a separate degree is to pursue a distinction in service, global health, urban health or entrepreneurship and innovation in medicine. These concentrations generally require students to attend on-campus activities and meetings, take didactic courses in the distinction area and complete a final capstone project.
To practice medicine, a doctor must take the United States Medical Licensing Examination and meet his or her state's licensing requirements. In New Jersey, that includes passing all parts of the national exam in under 7 years and in fewer than 5 attempts.
Schools At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Degree Programs Offered||Annual Program Tuition|
|Rowan University||4-year; public; large suburb||Doctor of Medicine (MD)||$40,479 in-state; $64,240 out-of-state (2019-2020)*|
|New Jersey School of Medicine (Rutgers)||4-year; public; large city||MD, MD/MBA, MD/MPH, MD/PhD, MD with Thesis||$40,274 in-state; $62,143 out-of-state (2019-2020)**|
Source: *Rowan University, **New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers)