Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

‚ÄĆApplication Deadline:

The 2019-20 application will open on October/November 2018.
The 2019-20 application will close on February 14, 2019.

Admission will be offered on a rolling basis.

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is committed to identifying self-motivated students who have the compassion, commitment and potential to become excellent dental or medical school applicants. The program is geared for career changers with a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field who are interested in pursuing medicine or dentistry. The program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the academic competencies to prepare themselves for the rigors of medical or dental school.  We offer small classes, individualized advising, programming, and medical and dental school application support. If you are interested in helping improve the lives of others through medicine or dentistry, we invite you to apply to our program.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is to provide an educational opportunity for individuals who desire to change their career path toward medicine or dentistry, but who already possess a bachelor's degree in an unrelated subject.

Apply to the LMU Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program
Questions should be directed to or give us a call at 310.338.7704.

  • Admission Requirements

    Our admissions committee utilizes a holistic evaluation process in the review of applicants to the program. We consider the applicant's life experiences, ability to handle a rigorous course load, service and volunteer work, and their potential to become a competitive applicant to dental or medical school. Applications will be reviewed once a complete application packet is received. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis (Dec-March). A small cohort of 15-20 students are accepted on a yearly basis and are expected to begin taking courses during the first summer session (mid-May). The traditional program that the majority of students complete is 14 months (mid-May to mid-June the following year).  Some students may have the option to extend the program by starting in the Fall (late August) or by taking fewer courses each term.  Start dates will be discussed at the interview.

    Admission Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a US accredited school.
    • Recommended to have less than five science pre-requisite courses. Having more than five science courses will not preclude you from applying, but it is primarily a career changer program. Contact the office if you have questions about your pre-requisites.
    • Recommended to have a minimum 3.3 GPA. However, applicants with lower GPAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to expand on their academic record in their personal statement.
    • 1 semester of Calculus (and Statistics) is strongly preferred prior to starting the Fall semester (Students who have AP credit for Calculus must demonstrate successful completion of math as an undergraduate).
    • 1 semester of Sociology and Psychology are recommended prior to starting the program or can be taken at LMU.
    • Demonstrated passion for medicine or dentistry through volunteer work.

    In recent years, medical and dental schools have been changing their admissions requirements. LMU recognizes that the future healthcare professionals need to have a strong scientific foundation and personal competencies to become excellent healthcare professionals. Many schools now have competency-based areas versus specific courses required. In addition, the MCAT emphasizes students have a strong foundation in the following:

    Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
    Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

    Students will have an individual educational assessment that outlines the courses recommended to become a competitive applicant to dental or medical school. Our curriculum is structured to provide students with significant academic rigor to demonstrate that they can handle the heavy demands of dental or medical school.

    Successful graduates of the post-baccalaureate program will be granted a certificate of completion. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 must be maintained to continue in the program. Students enrolled in the program are held to the same academic rules and policies, other than the GPA criteria, as the typical undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University.

  • Curriculum

    Typical Courses:

    General Chemistry I & II (lecture and lab) (8 units)
    Organic Chemistry I & II (lecture and lab) (8 units)
    General Biology I & II (lecture and lab) (10 units)
    General Physics I & II (lecture and lab) (8 units)
    Biochemistry (lecture) (3 units)
    Intro to Health Professions (I, II) (0-2 units.  Students are not charged for this course regardless of the number of enrolled units.)
    Other upper division science courses with approval (units vary, most will be 3-4 units)

    Students who enter the program having already fulfilled one or more of the lower division requirements will have the option of taking more of the recommended upper division courses based on their academic history and subject to approval from the program director and faculty.

    Courses are taught by LMU professors, which allow students to establish close relationships with faculty. Post-Baccalaureate students take courses with LMU undergrads and a typical class size is less than 30 students.

    Sample Curriculum

    (each student's schedule may be different based on the science courses he/she took prior to the program)

    Summer Session I - General Chemistry I with lab

    Summer Session II - General Chemistry II with lab

    Fall Semester - General Biology I with lab, General Physics I with lab, Organic Chemistry I with lab, Intro to Health Professions I

    Spring Semester - General Biology II with lab, General Physics II with lab, Organic Chemistry II with lab, Intro to Health Professions II

    Summer Session I - Biochemistry

    Special Academic Policies:

    This program has two special academic policies that are unique to this program.

    To maintain enrollment in this post baccalaureate program, students are required to maintain no less than a 3.3 GPA.
    Students in the traditional 14 month program are expected to maintain full time (12 units) course enrollment throughout each term they are enrolled (some exceptions may apply).

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Program Costs:

    LMU post-baccalaureate students do not qualify for institutional scholarships or grant funds so they pay reduced tuition fees during the academic year and a per-lab fee for science labs.  Tuition is currently set at $750/credit hour for each credit hour taken up to 18 credit hours per term.*  The student is also responsible for additional institutional fees.  In the 14 month program, a minimum of 12 units and maximum of 18 units are taken per semester and 3-8 units during each summer session.

    If admitted to the program a non-refundable $500 commitment fee will be required to hold your spot.  Once a student begins fall classes, the $500 will be applied to his/her student account.  

    *Fees subject to change for 2018-19.
    Financial Aid:
    Please note that only Federal Direct Stafford Loans and private educational loans are available for the Post-Baccalaureate program.
    The Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available for the regular academic year (August 2017 to May 2018), up to a maximum of $12,500 annually.  If you are beginning the program with the summer term, only private educational loans are available for the summer.

    To apply for financial aid, students must complete the following steps by the appropriate deadline:

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of May 1, 2018. The FAFSA cannot be completed online prior to January 1, since it is based on the previous calendar year’s income.
    • Loyola Marymount Federal Title IV code for the FAFSA is #001234.
    • Grade level during 2018-19 school year should be listed as “5th-year/other undergraduate.”
    • Degree or Certificate should be listed as “Certificate or diploma for completing an occupational, technical, or education program of less than two years.”
    Submit 2017 Federal tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for FAFSA by May 1, 2018.  This is one of FAFSA’s newest tools that provides financial aid applicants and their families the ability to automatically transfer family income and tax data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  You can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to update your FAFSA with your actual 2017 tax information.  Not using this tool may result in needing to verify your tax information with an IRS Tax Transcript.  Electronic tax filers will be able to access tax information approximately 3 weeks after filing their electronic tax return.  Paper filers will be able to access tax information 6 to 8 weeks after filing their paper tax returns.  Once you file your FAFSA, you will receive email reminders to update your FAFSA data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).  If you choose not to use the tool and/or do not qualify to use the tool, you will be required to submit a Tax Transcript (IRS Form 4506T).
    Students can borrow up to the cost of attendance which is currently $34,914 for post-baccalaureate students.  An independent student can borrow up to $12,500 in Stafford loans and the remainder in an alternative loan.  A dependent student can borrow up to $7,500 in Stafford loans and the remainder in an alternative loan.  

    Normally $11,268 is allocated for housing for post-baccalaureate students.

    If you have any questions about the financial aid process or loans available to post-baccalaureate students, please feel free to visit our website or contact our office at 310.338.2753 or