The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs offers an evening program to prepare individuals who wish to pursue a career in the health professions. This unique program allows an individual with a non-science baccalaureate degree the opportunity to continue his or her current career while fulfilling undergraduate pre-requisite science courses for most health professional schools. Changing careers is often a very difficult decision for individuals to make. This program will help candidates transition into a new career by allowing them to maintain their current position while completing the prerequisite coursework for application to medical, dental, physician's assistant, veterinary or other health professional schools. This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.
The program is the equivalent of five semesters over a two-year period. The curriculum only offers the prerequisite science courses required by most health professional schools. Students should inquire at specific schools about their prerequisite courses before starting the application process. During the first year, general chemistry and general physics with laboratories are offered during the fall and spring semesters. During the second year, students take organic chemistry and general biology, in sequence, in the summer and fall semesters. Upon completion of these core courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better, students can apply for a certificate of completion.
Students focused on gaining admission to medical school will need to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Therefore during the fifth semester of the program, we offer an in-house MCAT preparation course free of tuition charges. Those individuals wishing to sit for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may also benefit from this in-house MCAT prep course. In the fifth semester, the opportunity for students to take additional courses through Drexel University is also available, upon approval from the program director.
News & Events
Former Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical student Sharay McGann presented "Outliers amongst the minority women scientists-their challenges and successes, a comparative and investigative case study." Ms. McGann presented her work, under the guidance of Dr. Kishore K. Bagga, at the 244th National (fall) Meeting of the American Chemical Society as well as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Her work was well received and stimulated much discussion. Well done, Sharay!
Gaining admission into a medical or other health professional school is very competitive. A student in the program must excel in the science courses. Free tutoring services are available on campus. In addition, applying to medical school is a very tedious and a time-consuming task. The director and dedicated administrator of the Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program are available to students within the program to assist with this endeavor.