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Established in 2008, PULSE is the Penn State College of Medicine’s educational outreach program for high school students passionate about the biomedical sciences. The PULSE program is a semester long academic course taught at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. PULSE aims to cultivate interest in medicine, biomedical science, and healthcare systems science by introducing passionate learners to medical students, biomedical researchers, and practicing clinicians.

The PULSE course will be held again this upcoming fall! Our topic for 2018 will be Cardiology! We will also be continuing our professional development and mentorship program. We are currently not able to offer the course for credit or offer transportation.

Applications for PULSE 2019 are closed. Please check back for 2020 applications.

Our mission

  • To supplement student science education with a quality, longitudinal experience
  • To foster the interests of high school students from surrounding communities through interactive lectures, problem based learning sessions, and shadowing opportunities.
  • To enrich high school students’ current approaches in acquiring knowledge in scientific endeavors
  • To enhance critical thinking skills and foster independence
  • To provide important information for educational options and career paths in healthcare
  • To empower Penn State students (of all disciplines) to act as mentors and educational leaders

College of Medicine students

PULSE remains active throughout the year and encourages involvement of medical, PA, nursing, and graduate students. If you would like to learn more about our organization or if you would like to get involved, please feel free to contact any of the officers.


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General information

Application Information Expand answer

The PULSE application requires one letter of recommendation from either a science teacher or a guidance counselor. The application is typically available in the spring, around March 1, and the deadline is usually the end of May. More specific information will be available when those times approach.

Application requirements Expand answer

Any student interested in science/medicine in grades 9-12 can apply to PULSE. Student must have earned a B- or better in one of the following courses:

  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
Direction to LR-B Expand answer
  1. Park in Centerview Parking Lot on floors 3, 4, or 5.
  2. Walk toward the Main Hospital entrance. Enter through this entrance.
  3. Walk straight, past the Starbucks and the Student Store, to the Nittany Lion.
  4. At the lion, turn right towards North entrance.
  5. Use the elevators at the North wing to go to the fourth floor.
  6. Turn right and walk through the big double doors.
  7. Turn right once you pass the bathrooms, and LR-B will be on your right.

You may find this campus map helpful.

PULSE Honors/Scholar Expand answer

PULSE Honors/PULSE Stars is our way of honoring the students who have scored 80% or higher on the exam and/or have perfect attendance. If you are a PULSE Honors/PULSE Star scholar and would like to reapply for PULSE, please be sure to state that in your application so that the application committee will mark your application accordingly. Please be aware that while your prior achievements in PULSE will be considered, previous PULSE Honors/Stars status will no longer guarantee acceptance into the new course.

If you are a scholar and with to reapply, make sure you select the appropriate “PULSE Honors/PULSE Star” option on the application. This year, when you complete your application, you will be required to submit the essays, but no letter of recommendation.

Schedule Expand answer

PULSE 2018 will be on Mondays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., starting Sept. 10. The course is 12 weeks long, with no class on Columbus Day, Nov. 8.

Transportation Expand answer

We are working on being able to provide transportation for certain locations far from Hershey, but at this time we cannot guarantee its availability.