Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Program

Kathy C. Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Pre-Health Professions Program

John Carroll University’s Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed for individuals who want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical school, dental school, and other healthcare professional schools and prepare for standardized exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Such individuals typically possess a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than biology or chemistry and have now decided to pursue a professional career in healthcare (e.g., medicine, dentistry).

The program is also appropriate for students who majored in chemistry or biology but struggled with the coursework as a traditional undergraduate, have not completed all the prerequisite courses for their desired health care program, or have not been enrolled in courses in these disciplines in over five years.

Application and Admission

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. All application materials for individuals who wish to be admitted to the program in the fall must be received by May 1 of the same calendar year. Under certain circumstances, students may begin in the summer session of the same calendar year; the application deadline for students who wish to start in summer is April 1.

Application Criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A completed on-line application for Graduate Studies which can be found at www.jcu.edu/graduate.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions, and any graduate institutions they have attended, regardless of the number of courses completed.

Course of Study

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program requires a minimum of 34 semester credit hours, 26 of which must be completed at JCU. Each student’s academic plan is specific to that student’s needs and should be developed in consultation with an academic advisor. For a well-qualified student, it is possible to complete the program in a little over one year. A 13-month sample plan for a student who needs all of the prerequisites for medical school appears below (CH-Chemistry; BL-Biology, PH-Physics). Most students, especially those with little or no science background, take two years to complete the program. To accommodate students taking the revised MCAT, additional recommended courses include Genetics, Human Physiology, Statistics, Psychology, and Sociology. Additional information regarding coursework can be obtained by contacting the program administrator.

Requirements

Summer Session I

CH 141GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1

4

CH 143GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1

1

Total Credit Hours:5

Summer Session II

CH 142GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2

4

CH 144GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 2

1

Total Credit Hours:5

Fall

CH 221ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

3

CH 223ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 1

1

BL 155PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 1

3 to 4

BL 157PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LAB 1

1

PH 125GENERAL PHYSICS 1

3

PH 125LGENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY 1

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Spring

CH 222ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

3

CH 224ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 2

1

BL 156PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 2

3 to 4

BL 158PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LAB 2

1

PH 126GENERAL PHYSICS 2

3

PH 126LGENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY 2

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Summer Session III

CH 431GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

4

Total Credit Hours:4

Program Notes

  • As many healthcare professional programs require one or more college level math courses, students are expected to complete math courses either prior to or during the program. One course in statistics is highly recommended.
  • Depending on a student’s prior coursework, alternative plans for a course of study may be developed in consultation with a program advisor.
  • Electives may be taken in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, and Political Science as a way to enhance your educational background, preparation for admission examinations, and desirability as a candidate for admission to medical or other healthcare professional school.
  • Many professional programs have specific requirements such as statistics, psychology, English, and human anatomy. Students should take classes that will prepare them to apply to a variety of schools.
  • If pursuing dentistry, pharmacy, or nursing, check the prerequisites of the schools to which you plan to apply, as some schools have very specific requirements.
  • Students are expected to participate in the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) process in the semester prior to submitting applications to a health professional program. This is an interview preparation program which provides feedback to students and a committee letter of recommendation.
  • Students are expected to participate in activities that will enhance their application strength, such as clinical shadowing and volunteer experiences. Contact information will be provided by the University.

Certificate of Excellence Option

Students may earn a Certificate of Excellence in Pre-Medical Studies if they meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 26 credit hours at John Carroll University.
  • Maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade less than a B in courses taken at JCU.

Earning the Certificate of Excellence in Pre-Medical Studies will confirm that the student completed a significant number of credits at John Carroll University and performed at an exemplary level. Students who complete this program with or without the certificate will be eligible to apply to a health professional program such as medical school or dental school.