Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

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‌Application Deadline:

The application will open October 1, 2019 via PostBacCAS.
The application will close February 1, 2020.

Admission will be offered on a rolling basis.


The Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate program at LMU is committed to identifying self motivated students who have the compassion, commitment and potential to become excellent medical or dental school applicants. If you are interested in helping improve the lives of others through medicine or dentistry, we invite you to apply. 

Our program is geared for career changers who have an undergraduate degree in a major outside of the hard sciences. At the time of the interview, applicants will have an individual educational assessment that outlines the courses recommended for the program and the extracurricular activities needed to become the best possible applicant to medical or dental school. We provide small classes that are academically rigorous, allowing students to demonstrate that they can handle the heavy demands of professional school. Successful graduates of our program are granted a certificate of completion.

Why Choose LMU?

  • Program can be completed in as little as 14 months
  • *NEW - Merit based scholarships
  • *NEW - MCAT preparation
  • *NEW - Linkage agreement
  • Individualized advising
  • Small class sizes (14-19 in labs)
  • State of the art science facilities
  • Priority registration 
  • Small cohort
  • Committee letter service
  • Medical and dental school application support and coaching
  • Research opportunities
  • Meet admissions representatives
  • Tutoring for basic science classes
  • Great location – close to many hospitals and the beach!

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 (November-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.
    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3. Applicants with lower GPAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • A college level pre-calculus course is required. AP credit, algebra and trigonometry do not satisfy this requirement.
    • A college level calculus course is strongly recommended prior to matriculation.
    • A 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 shadowing, volunteer or clinical work.


    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. Enrolled students are held to the same academic rules and policies, other than the GPA criteria, as the typical undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University.

    Please note that as a certificate program, we are not able to issue I-20s.


  • 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)
    Calculus (if not completed prior to matriculation) (3 units)
    Health Professions Advising (I, II) (0 units). Students are not charged for this course.
    Optional: General Psychology (4 units), Principles of Sociology (4 units), Statistics (3 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, Health Professions Advising I

    Spring Semester - General Biology II with lab, General Physics II with lab, Organic Chemistry II with lab, Health Professions Advising 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 2019-20.
    Financial Aid:

    Students seeking financial aid for the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program are not considered graduate students; they are considered fifth year undergraduates taking preparatory coursework. Students in this program are not eligible for grant assistance from the university or federal programs.

    Independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied a PLUS loan are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 in Stafford Loans (up to $5,500 of which can be Subsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Dependent students whose parents can borrow a PLUS loan may borrow a total of $5,500 in Stafford Loans (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program.

    Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical students may only receive Federal Direct Loans for a two-semester period (Fall/Spring) per Federal regulations, and must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units per semester). If you are beginning the program with the summer term, only private alternative loans are available for the summer.

    In general, most Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical students are considered dependents and may receive up to $5,500 in Federal Direct Student Loans (combined subsidized and unsubsidized amounts) during the award period.  If the student is determined to be independent, an additional $7,000 in Unsubsidized Federal Direct Students Loans may be available.

    Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student? Find out here.

    There are 13 questions a student must answer to determine if they are a dependent or independent student. If you answer "no" to all questions, you MUST provide parental information on the FAFSA even if you no longer reside with your parents or they no longer provide your support. The federal government will still view you as a dependent student and parental information is required for all dependent students.

    FAFSA guidelines for Postbac students:

    When completing the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical students should provide the following answers:

    • When you begin the 2019-2020 school year, what will be your grade level? Answer: 5th year/other undergraduate
    • When you begin the 2019-2020 school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on? Answer: You will answer Certificate/Diploma (occupational/technical/education program of less than 2 years)
    • At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program? Answer: No
    • Grade Level: Answer: 5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Be enrolled at least halftime (6 or more units)
    • Have remaining eligibility for loan borrowing (Not reached lifetime loan limits associated with credential program)

    Questions about Tuition and Financial Aid?

    We realize that every student’s situation is unique and you may have questions about your specific situation. For just questions relating to financial aid, contact or call 310-338-2753. 

    General questions about the program can be directed to or call 310.338.7704.