Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program


Most students begin the Post-Bac Program in late May, complete eight required science courses over the following 14 months, and graduate the following mid-May. While taking a rigorous course load, our full-time students also volunteer 4-6 hours per week in a medical or research setting to gain valuable healthcare-related experience. Thanks to the small size of the program, our advisors can structure the curriculum to suit individuals’ needs—whether that means completing the curriculum in 14 months or 24 months. Students who choose to complete the program on a part-time basis over 24 months take two courses per semester and are required to volunteer or work 20 hours per week in a medical setting to assure medical schools that they are capable of carrying a heavy workload.

Each student’s curriculum includes core premedical courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and biochemistry. Additional courses in upper-division sciences, and humanities or social sciences electives may be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor according to each student’s background and interests. Advisors work closely with students to ensure that the curriculum satisfies the coursework necessary for the type of healthcare program the student applies to. The coursework series listed below is subject to change as necessary. Post-Bac students take courses alongside undergraduate students of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges.

Emily Zucker“I didn't apply to any other post-bac programs. Scripps felt much more supportive and nurturing than a larger program, where post-bacs are tossed into the pool with hundreds of undergrads. The science classes at Scripps didn't seem to be ‘weed-out’ classes like they might've been at a larger university.”

Emily Zucker, Class of 2014
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2014–2018)

Typical 14-month Curriculum, 2019-2020

First Summer

May 29 – August 2, 2019

Basic Principles of Chemistry, 2 semesters (with lab)
Fall Semester

September 3 – December 20, 2019

Introductory Biology (with lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics I (with lab)
Spring Semester

January 21 – May 15, 2020

Biochemical Physiology (with lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics II (with lab)
Second Summer

June 22, 2020 – July 17, 2020