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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 20-25 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 they 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 medical or dental 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.

Supplemental Application Fee ($35)

In order to process an application, LMU charges a supplemental fee of $35. Payments are made via PostBacCAS.

Tuition Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their intent to enroll in writing via email and pay a nominal, non-refundable fee to hold their spot to be able to register for the summer and/or fall term. The fee will be applied only to the student's fall tuition.