Pre-Med & Science Pre-College Program

Wagner College offers a summer program for highly motivated high school students. This three-week interactive learning experience mirrors a college level professional medical program. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students will partake in demonstrations, labs, simulators and have the opportunity to visit hospitals in the NYC metro area.

Students enrolled in our Pre-Med/Science program will take:

  • MDS291: Art & Practice of Medicine in Our Society
  • MI291: Microbiology: Introduction to Pathogenic Bacteria

Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.

Curriculum is created by Wagner College faculty. Sessions will be taught by both faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

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Course Information

  • Art & Practice of Medicine in Our Society 
  • Microbiology: An Introduction to Pathogenic Bacteria 
  • Tuition and Program Dates 
  • Application Information 
This three week interactive learning experience mirrors a college level professional medical program. Traditional classroom lectures and high fidelity simulators (electronically controlled mannequins) promote the acquisition of clinical skills for assessment and management of common medical conditions.  Students learn to: 
  • interview patients
  • perform physical exams
  • practice medical procedures (suturing, casting)
Cases selected for the interactive sessions will serve to enhance the knowledge gained from the traditional lectures and to build students’ confidence in pursuing careers in healthcare. Field visits to New York City healthcare facilities complement classroom learning. The course culminates with students presenting individual medical research projects. 
  In this intermediate level Microbiology course, students will study the basics of bacteria and what makes them able to cause disease. We will explore the different structures, toxins, and other molecules used by these organisms and how these components cause illness.  In addition to lecture, we will spend time in the microbiology lab learning proper protocol to handle bacterial cultures, how to grow bacteria on different culture media, and how to identify different organisms. The course will culminate with small research project and presentation with a focus on bacteria and correlating to the pre-health class.  Possible site visits will include Coney Island Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Staten Island Hospital, and New York city Department of Public Health. 
July 8 – July 27, 2018  Tuition:
Residential – $4,599
Commuter – $3,599
  Tuition Includes: 
  • Housing in supervised residence halls
  • Meals
  • Entrance and transportation fees for required venues
  • Towels and bedding
  • Credit Transcript
Ready to apply? 
  1. Fill out our online application
  2. Or download the PDF
  3. Still have questions? Call us at 718-390-3221 or email
Application Requirements 
  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2018 and provide an official high school transcript
  • 1 Page Essay (Why you want to attend the Wagner College Summer Pre-College Program and what you hope to gain from this experience)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Guidance Counselor attesting to current GPA
  • $50 Application Fee  Upon acceptance application fee will be applied towards tuition


Life at Wagner

  • Residence Halls 
  • Dining 
  • Trips 
  • Typical schedule 
During your time here, you will be living in one of our four dorms equipped with Wi-Fi and amazing views of the surrounding area. Student lounges are located on all residence floors for social gatherings or for just spending time reading or socializing with new friends. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.  Learn more about our Residence Halls 
Our Pre-College students eat in Wagner’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which serves a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining hall provides vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and special dietary needs (such as kosher or gluten-free meals) will be accommodated.  Students also have the option to purchase snacks, soda/coffee, and sandwiches in the Hawk’s Nest. 
During your stay, you will have opportunities to take trips to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the New York City Area. Examples of excursions from past years include: 
  • Times Square
  • Broadway shows including: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • Central Park
  • South Street Seaport
  • 9/11 Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Chelsea Market
  • Staten Island Yankees Stadium
  • Brooklyn Bridge
Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all required excursions as they relate to each course. 
On the first day, you will arrive and have a chance to get situated in your dorm room. Parents and students will be invited to a welcome reception where you will have an opportunity to meet your professors, other instructors, staff, and fellow students.  Your program will begin the following day with breakfast in the Wagner Dining Hall and then on to your chosen classes. Typically, the academic classes will meet mornings and afternoons, with field trips to Manhattan and other venues scheduled once or twice a week and during the weekends.  When on campus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall. When not in class, or traveling to NYC sights, you will participate in informal workshops about college admissions, college life, time management, study skills, and more. And, of course, time will be devoted to your coursework. Group study halls will be scheduled during the evening and weekends.  Sample Schedule:  8:00am-9:00am| Breakfast
9:00am –12pm| Instructor-led classroom session
12:00pm-1:30pm| Lunch/Free Time
1:30pm-4:30pm| Instructor-led classroom session
5:30pm| Dinner
7:30pm| Evening Activity/Study Time