Post-Baccalaureate Premedical

The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program is a non-degree certificate program designed to help you gain acceptance into a health professional school.

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Program Highlights

In addition to learning from Dominican's outstanding science and mathematics faculty, you’ll have access to experiences and support designed to better prepare you for a career in the medical field.

  • Campus Speakers: Learn insider tips and advice from medical school admissions officers, as well as from a diverse group of top health care professionals speaking on real-world issues such as trends in global health.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Boost your resume while acquiring valuable hands-on, clinical and community service experience.
  • MCAT Preparation Class: Study alongside Dominican students.
  • Medical School Application Assistance: Letters of recommendation, preparation of personal statements and on-campus interviews
  • KAPLAN Testing Services: Our campus hosts an in-person discounted KAPLAN MCAT Prep Course for Dominican students, alumni, and non-Dominican students. 

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Our Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program offers two tracks: 

Track 1: Academic Enhancer

Goal: Retake course work, improve GPA and MCAT score.
Recommendation: Enroll in three courses/12 units per semester.

To earn a program certificate, students must complete at least 24 units. Students may then select from the following courses to complete their certificate:

  • BIO 1100/1105 Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIO 2800/2805 Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 3610/3615 Advanced Microbiology or BIO 3620/3625 Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 3000/3005 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIO 3200/3205 Advanced Genetics
  • BIO 4410/4105 Molecular Cell Biotechnology
  • BIO 3750/3755 Immunology
  • BIO 4810/4815 Histology
  • BIO 4220/4225 Medical Parasitology
  • BIO 3700/3705 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 3850/3855 Neuroscience
  • BIO 4100/4115 Animal Physiology
  • BIO 4500/4505 Human Anatomy
  • BIO 4510/4515 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 4600/4605 Human Physiology 
  • CHEM 2000/2005 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2100/2105 General Chemistry II 
  • CHEM 3800/3805 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3900/3905 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4000/0005 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 4100/4105 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 4200/4205 Spectroscopic Analysis
  • ENSC 4300/4305 Toxicology
  • MATH 1600 Calculus I
  • MATH 1700 Calculus II
  • MATH 3500 Advanced Statistics
  • PHYS 2000/2005 General Physics I
  • PHYS 2100/2105 General Physics II

Track II: Career Changer

Goal: Complete the prerequisites for medical/health professional schools. Guides students without a science background through the most essential science courses required for application to medical school 
Recommendation: Enroll at least two courses/eight units per semester.

To earn the program certificate, students must complete at least 32 units (eight lecture/lab courses) from the core medical school prerequisites or elective courses listed below. The exact number of courses needed will be determined by transcript review and the preferred health professional school entry requirements.


One year of biology

  • BIO 1100/1105 Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIO 2800/2805 Genetics and Molecular Biology

One year of general chemistry

  • CHEM 2000/2005 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2100/2105 General Chemistry II

One year of organic chemistry

  • CHEM 3800/3805 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3900/3905 Organic Chemistry II

One year of physics

  • PHYS 2000/2005 General Physics I
  • PHYS 2100/2105 General Physics II

Students may substitute from the following courses to complete their certificate:

  • BIO 3610/3615 Advanced Microbiology or BIO 3620/3625 Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 3000/3005 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIO 3200/3205 Advanced Genetics
  • BIO 4410/4105 Molecular Cell Biotechnology
  • BIO 3750/3755 Immunology
  • BIO 4810/4815 Histology
  • BIO 4220/4225 Medical Parasitology
  • BIO 3700/3705 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 3850/3855 Neuroscience
  • BIO 4100/4115 Animal Physiology
  • BIO 4500/4505 Human Anatomy
  • BIO 4510/4515 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 4600/4605 Human Physiology 
  • CHEM 4000/0005 Quantitative Analysis 
  • CHEM 4100/4105 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 4200/4205 Spectroscopic Analysis
  • ENSC 4300/4305 Toxicology
  • MATH 1600 Calculus I
  • MATH 1700 Calculus II
  • MATH 3500 Advanced Statistics

Partnerships

Dominican’s Global Education Office partners with the Atlantis Pre-Med Fellowship Abroad Program to match you with international hospitals where you can shadow physicians, gain exposure to the medical field, and learn a different culture. 

There is a two-semester mentoring program that provides an opportunity to shadow a physician at one of three nearby Kaiser Permanente facilities.

Admissions and Aid

Admission to the program is limited. Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis. Early submission of application materials is advised. 

Requirements

  • Completed BA or BS degree in any field of study
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Essay and resume

Apply Now

 

Fall Priority Application Deadline: June 1*
Spring Priority Application Deadline: October 1*

* Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis until the class is filled.  

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid and loans. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Degrees Offered

Certificate

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Faculty and Staff

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Victoria Estrella Worch, MEd

Student Services Administrator
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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Interim Department Chair
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Tyler Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Robert (Ian) Barr, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Kiowa Bower, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Roland Cooper, PhD

Professor
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James B. Cunningham, PhD

Associate Professor
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Randall Hall, PhD

Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin, PhD Endowed Professor

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Lynne Marie LoPresto, MS, RDN

Assistant Professor
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Meredith Protas, PhD

Assistant Professor MS Biological Sciences Director
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Mary B. Sevigny, PhD

Associate Professor
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Chris Endicott, PhD

Laboratory Manager
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Alexandra Fuentes, MS

Laboratory Technician
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Meredith Pierson, MS

Laboratory Techinician
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Cynthia Harms

Administrative Coordinator
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Obed Hernández-Gómez, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Mohammed El Majdoubi, PhD

Associate Professor