• The AAMC has created a website to answer questions about the MCAT. It is updated regularly.

  • A career changer post-baccalaureate program is a program geared for students who need to take premedical prerequisite course work for medical, dental or veterinary school but who already possesses a degree in a non-science major.

    The LMU Post Baccalaureate Program is a career changer program. Individuals who seek to enhance their previous performance in the science may need an academic enhancer program. A list of all post-baccalaureate programs in the country can be found by searching AAMC Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs.

  • We aim for a cohort of up to 20 students a year.

  • Our preference is that applicants have taken less than five prerequisite courses.  However, if an applicant has taken more than five we will consider that on a case-by-case basis.

  • There are two tracks – the standard is 14 months, beginning in mid-May and ending the following June. The other option is 20 months, beginning in mid-May and ending the following December. 

  • Students typically begin the program in the summer (mid-May) by enrolling in general chemistry. There is also an option to begin the program in summer session 2 or fall – start dates can be adjusted based on prior coursework, personal reasons, etc. On the application there is a place to indicate a preference. Note that a later start date could delay program completion. 

  • Our graduates have been successful in gaining admission to various medical and dental schools. Of students who have applied to medical or dental school, our acceptance rate is 70% over the past 10 years.

  • Yes. Our program director will establish an individual educational agreement with you outlining your timeline for applying to medical and or dental school. A Committee Letter of recommendation from LMU is also offered.

  • The online application opens on October 2020 on PostBacCAS (the application portal).

  • PostBacCAS is the online application portal we are using to apply to the LMU Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program. Everything, including letters of recommendation, transcripts and the supplemental fee must be submitted on PostBacCAS. We will not accept any letters of recommendation or transcripts submitted outside of the application.

  • The deadline for the 2021-2022 cohort is February 2021. 

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Required to have taken and passed a college-level pre-calculus course (algebra and trigonometry do not count toward this requirement)
    • Less than five science pre-requisite courses preferred
    • Minimum GPA of 3.3 is strongly recommended (applicants with lower GPAs are reviewed on a case by case basis)
    • 1 semester of Calculus prior to matriculation is strongly recommended.
  • The LMU Health Professions Advisory Committee evaluates applicants holistically. Including:

    • Potential for success in a rigorous science curriculum
    • Motivation and passion for a career in the health professions, indicated by work or volunteer experiences
    • Strong support from faculty/mentors in letters of recommendation
    • A cumulative GPA lower than 3.3 may be compensated by strength in other areas, such as significant extracurricular activities and strong letters of recommendation. We also like to see an upward trend in grades throughout one's college career, or higher grades in science/math courses.  In addition, for a period of low grades we would want to know the reason(s) that occurred. Beyond this, we are unfortunately not able to advise on whether or not individual prospective applicants should apply to our program.
  • After an initial application screening, we will contact selected candidates for a 30 minute interview. Interviews will be conducted in person or Zoom (web conference); the format will not influence the admission decision.

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3 must be maintained to continue in the program.

  • Typically, students enroll in the following:

    First Summer Session I and II

    • General Chemistry I & II (lecture and lab; CHEM 110, 111, 112, 113)

    Fall and Spring

    • Organic Chemistry I & II (lecture and lab; CHEM 220, 221, 222, 223)
    • General Biology I & II (lecture and lab; BIOL 101, 111, 202) [Higher division courses may substitute if appropriate]
    • General Physics I & II (lecture and lab; PHYS 253, 254)
    • Calculus
    • Optional: General Psychology, Principles of Sociology, and Statistics
    • Health Professions Advising I and II (free but required)

    Final Summer Session I

    • Biochemistry

    Other upper-division science courses if applicable—but requires the Program Director’s consultation and approval.

  • For this program, it is primarily structured around the standard pre-med/pre-dental courses listed above. Note that biochemistry is an upper division course. There may be room to take additional upper-division courses based on the post-bac student’s schedule and need, with approval from the Health Professions Advisor and the academic department.

  • GRE scores are not required. However, if you have taken the test please forward your test scores with your application.

  • If you have taken the MCAT, you almost certainly have taken more science courses than would be expected of a student in our program. You should therefore look for "academic record-enhancer" post-bac programs rather than a "career-changer" program.

  • One letter of recommendation from an academic reference is preferred - specifically, someone who has been your professor in a college-level course. We do understand that as career changers some applicants have been out of school for a while so we will accept an employer's letter in lieu of an academic letter in that case.

  • No. The program is intense and does not lend itself to full-time employment. The program is full time.

  • Classes are offered during the daytime. Some labs meet in the early evenings, but they are connected to lecture courses that are only offered during the day. 

  • Post-bacs take their core science courses alongside undergraduate students, and are graded on the same scale. However, the required (free) Health Professions Advising I and II courses are only for post-bac students.

  • The current rate is $750/unit and that has not changed for several years. The rate is reviewed on a yearly basis however and is subject to change. Lab fees are not included. Total program cost is dependent on the number of units each student needs to take.

  • Yes. This can be discussed at the interview.

  • We have a linkage agreement with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Western University of Health Sciences. This linkage open to qualified students in the 20 month program.

     

  • We do offer a few information sessions during the application season. The next session will be held in October 2020. 

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