Post-Baccalaureate Premedical

The Post-Bac 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-Bac Premed 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

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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisites?

You must hold a baccalaureate degree and a minimum GPA of 2.8.

What is the instructional format?

Courses are three-unit lectures with one-unit labs. Classes are taught on campus during the day Monday through Thursday. 

How long is the program?

The program length is variable depending on what courses have already been successfully completed. We anticipate this will take a minimum of one year for those who are well prepared, for most it will take two years. 

Do you need to have taken the MCAT before applying?

No. Our program is here to help you prepare for the MCAT. 

Does your curriculum include all medical school prerequisites?

Yes! Students who are accepted into our Post-Bac Program have access to all the medical school prerequisites courses, along with other science and psychology courses that can help you improve your MCAT score. 

May I only take the courses I need?

Yes, however, you must complete 24 units to receive our Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate.

What is the estimated cost of the program?

This can range depending on how many courses you need to take. Students who apply and are accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program pay $1000 per unit, plus campus fees of $190 a semester. The annual estimated cost is $24,500.00

If I am interested in applying to dental, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or optometry school, am I a good candidate for this program?

Yes! Since the prerequisite coursework for dental, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or optometry school are similar to that of medical school, our program was designed for you. Although we’ve partnered with Kaplan to offer an onsite discounted MCAT preparatory course, admitted students planning to take the DAT, OAT, PCAT or GRE can participate in a prep course via online or in person at nearby Kaplan locations.

It is possible to have a job while enrolled in the program?

Yes, it is possible to have a part-time evening or weekend job, but since our classes are only offered during the day, nearly every day of the week, it would be very difficult to work full time while enrolled in our program without having a flexible work schedule.

Does your program include an MCAT Prep Course?

Yes, each spring, Kaplan offers a 12-week MCAT prep course on our campus. Cost is separate from tuition, but is offered at nearly 50 percent off the regular price. 

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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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 Technician
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Cynthia Harms

Administrative Coordinator
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Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor