Admissions

Application Deadlines

For those applying to the 12-month program, applications are submitted through PostbacCAS. Single-quarter program applicants will submit their application through Continuing and Professional Education.

12-Month Program 

The year-long program offers one cohort per year, with classes starting in January. Applications for the January 2024 cohort open on April 1, 2023. The application process is rolling, so applying early is highly recommended. 

  • Round 1 Deadline: April 30, 2023
  • Round 2 Deadline: May 31, 2023
  • Final application deadline: September 26, 2023

Your PostbacCAS application needs to be verified by the final deadline, not just submitted.

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Single-Quarter Program

Complete your post-bac work on a quarter-by-quarter basis by applying using our single-quarter application.  

  • The deadline for the Single Quarter application is one month before the quarter start date.
  • We do not offer the Single Quarter option during the summer quarter.

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Eligibility

This academic-enhancing program requires applicants to have already completed the prerequisites for their intended health profession. Our selection committee uses a holistic approach to select candidates we believe can successfully matriculate to their chosen health profession with the assistance of our program. It is our recommendation that you have a minimum 2.8 verified PostbacCas GPA and no more than one C– or below in a prerequisite course. The average cumulative GPA for admitted students was a 2.96 for our last cohort. If you need to retake more than one prerequisite course below a C-, we recommend you retake those classes at a community college before applying to the post-bac program.

All applicants should possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university by the start of the program. DACA students are encouraged to apply. We will not be issuing any I-20s for student visas, so international students are not eligible.

The 12-month post-bac program is a full-time program. We strongly advise against working during this time frame. Upon acceptance, you will need to sign a contract agreeing to the elimination of all extracurricular activities. If you must work, this will unfortunately impact our admissions decision.

Prerequisites

The prerequisite courses we evaluate include:

  • Pre-Med
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Organic Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
       • Calculus (one semester/two quarters)
       • Statistics (one semester/quarter)
  • Pre-Vet
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Organic Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
       • Statistics (one semester/quarter)
  • Pre-Nursing
  •    • General Chemistry with Lab (2 quarters)
       • Physiology with Lab
       • Human Anatomy with Lab
       • Microbiology with Lab
       • Statistics (one semester/quarter)
  • Pre-Dental
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Organic Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
  • Pre-PA
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
       • Physiology with Lab
       • Human Anatomy with Lab
       • Microbiology with Lab
       • Statistics (one semester/quarter)
  • Pre-PT
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
       • Physiology with Lab
       • Human Anatomy with Lab
  • Pre-Optometry
  •    • General Biology with Lab (one year)
       • General Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Organic Chemistry with Lab (one year)
       • Physics (one year)
       • Physiology with Lab
       • Human Anatomy with Lab
       • Microbiology with Lab
       • Calculus (one semester/two quarters)
       • Statistics (one semester/quarter)

Application Requirements

Applicants for the 12-month program will need to submit the following:

  • Official transcripts for every undergraduate institution attended
  • Personal statements
  • Two letters of recommendation (one science professor, one other)
  • Personal Statement Prompts

  • 1. What is the value that you bring to your intended career? (Hint: Synthesize your experiences, attributes, skills, insights and career goals to create a statement with evidence about what you intend to do in your future).

    2. What happened during your undergraduate years that caused you to need a post-bac program? How have circumstances that created the challenges been resolved?

    3. What do you think will be the most difficult aspect of pursuing our post-bac program? In what way(s) are you equipped to succeed?

  • Letter of Recommendation Criteria

  • 1. A science professor from any institution. Specifically, you should ask this person to comment on your readiness to pursue challenging science courses and commit the time and energy required to succeed. If you have been out of school for more than 2 years, a science letter of recommendation can be substituted for an additional professional letter. Core Competencies they should address include: Capacity for Improvement, Critical Thinking, Adaptability, Written and Oral Communication, and Science Competency.

    2. A professional who has witnessed your work with others. This can include a mentor, PI, supervisor, health professional or community leader. Specifically, you should ask this person to comment on your ability to persist when challenged, solve problems creatively, resolve conflicts tactfully and/or work with integrity. Core Competencies they should address include: Service Orientation, Social Skills, Cultural Competence, Teamwork, Ethical Responsibility to Others, and Dependability.

Interviews

Success in our program is our top priority, so candidates being considered for admittance will be interviewed to assess maturity, readiness and qualifications. Interview invites will be sent as applications are screened from May through September. Applicants will be interviewed via Zoom.

Deposit

Accepted applicants will be required to submit a $300 non-refundable deposit that will be applied toward tuition. Directions on where to pay the deposit will be sent upon acceptance.

Tuition and Expenses

12-month Program

The full 12-month Post-Bac Program tuition and fees are $30,000. This includes the cost of the following:

  • All coursework
  • Test preparation materials
  • Application preparation
  • Advising
  • Summer-quarter EMT course or health equity or research internships 

Housing, food, health insurance, transportation and books are not included in the tuition. Fees for the EMT licensing exam are also excluded. Students are responsible for registering and paying for their own tests.

Single-Quarter Program

The per-quarter tuition is $7,500. This includes the cost of up to four courses and application preparation. Test preparation is not included. Students may register for multiple quarters on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

Financial Loans and Deferment

Although this is a certificate-granting program, our programs are not eligible for federal loans or federal loan deferment. If you need financial aid, you will need to secure private loans to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses. For more information, visit our Financing Your Education page.