Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Program Questions

Who is the program for?

The Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is for individuals who have decided to change professions in order to pursue a career in medicine. Our students are career changers and have not previously completed the necessary coursework for medical, dental, or veterinary school. The program prepares students through its curriculum of required prerequisite science courses, assistance in seeking valuable volunteer and internship opportunities, and personal advising to enroll in medical, dental, or veterinary school. Students who have completed the necessary coursework should instead consider academic record-enhancer post-bac programs, as our program is geared toward individuals who have not completed the coursework to apply to medical school.

Given that Scripps is a women’s college, is the program open only to women or to students of all genders?

The Scripps Post-Bac Program is open to individuals of any gender identity. Each year the class is composed of a different percentage of students who identify across the gender spectrum.

Can I attend if I am interested in something other than an MD?

Most students in the program are pursuing a medical career as a physician. However, we do offer the prerequisite science courses necessary for students interested in veterinary medicine and dentistry, and our graduates have successfully pursued degrees in these fields after graduating from the program. In addition, students who plan to attend medical school are encouraged to consider applying to DO schools in addition to MD schools.

Can students repeat science courses that have already been completed?

Students may retake coursework that was completed more than five years before entering into the program. Upon matriculating, each student will continue to meet with advisers to determine the most appropriate coursework.

How long is the program?

The full-time, 13-month program begins in May and ends the following June. Students take a full course load while volunteering or interning 4-6 hours per week in a medical setting.

Is there a part-time option?

Yes, there is a part-time option that can be completed in 24 months based on individual needs. Part-time enrollment in the 24-month plan requires that a student work or volunteer at least 20 hours per week. The faculty director will provide individualized academic advising to help each student create a timeline for the part-time program.

Are the Post-Bac students integrated with undergraduates, or do they take separate classes?

All of the science classes are integrated. This gives Post-Bac students the opportunity to work with undergraduates who share the same career goals and motivation to succeed. This integrative setting fosters a sense of community and creates a non-competitive atmosphere.

How big is the class?

The Scripps College Post-Bac Program cohort is kept small and selective in order to provide individual attention to each Post-Bac student. About 17 students are enrolled each year.

What is the age range of the group?

Students range in age from 21 to 45, with most under age 30.

What kind of support does this program offer?

  • faculty with extensive office hours
  • personal and flexible program customization
  • evening group tutoring sessions
  • math review workshops
  • professional development events
  • personalized advising for medical school applications and essays
  • guidance from a Post-Baccalaureate financial aid specialist
  • mock interviews
  • customized MCAT prep course available at a discounted fee
  • detailed and personalized faculty-committee letter of recommendation
  • group meetings, workshops and seminars with current physicians, Scripps Post-Bac alumni, and medical school admissions officers
  • continued advising and support after completing the program

Janice Yoo“I benefited most from the small class sizes, outstanding faculty and linkage opportunities. I was able to experience a unique classroom dynamic where the majority of students were committed to learning and were actively engaged in classroom discussions alongside professors who were genuinely interested in seeing their students succeed.”

Janice Yoo, Class of 2014
Western University of Health Sciences, Candidate for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) (2014–2018)

Admissions Questions

What kind of applicant is Scripps College Post-Bac Program looking for?

Scripps College seeks intelligent, mature, and motivated individuals who have made an informed decision to change their lives’ direction. Applicants should also have a strong commitment to the profession of medicine and a commitment to their community and their professional goals.

What are the admission requirements?

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than pre-health
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • SAT, ACT, or GRE scores
  • volunteer or work experience in the medical field and/or social services is highly desirable

When can I submit an application?

We begin accepting applications on August 14. Since we have a rolling admission process, we encourage prospective students to apply early for the best chance of admission. We will continue to review applications until the postmark deadline of February 20. Please note that this deadline applies to the receipt of all application materials, including letters of recommendation and test scores.

Is calculus required?

Calculus is a prerequisite for physics, which is a required course in the program. While you do not need to complete calculus prior to applying to our program, we strongly prefer that students complete calculus before matriculating. Please note that AP Calculus credit is not accepted, and the course must be completed at a college or university. After students are accepted into the program, we can suggest an appropriate course (including online options) for students to complete prior to matriculation.

Is financial aid available?

Federally guaranteed loans are available to qualified individuals enrolled in the Post-Bac Program. The administrative director and the Scripps College Financial Aid Office provide individual financial aid counseling and assistance for those completing loan applications. Private alternative loans are also available to those who qualify.

Can I visit the campus and meet with an adviser to discuss my application?

We do not conduct individual meetings prior to or during the application process due to high demand. If a student is invited for an interview, he or she will have the opportunity to ask questions, tour the campus, sit in a class, and meet with current students. In addition, we highly recommend students take advantage of our Open House. Information about this year’s Open House can be found here.

All of my application materials have been sent in, but I haven’t heard anything from the Program. What should I do?

Please allow us up to two weeks to compile all of your application materials. Once we confirm that we have all materials, we will contact you to let you know that your application is complete and will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review. If more than two weeks have passed since completing your application and sending in all required materials, but you have not yet heard from us, you may contact us to request an update. Once your application is sent to the Admissions Committee for review, please allow up to six weeks for review time. As we receive many applications each year, this process takes time and each member of the Committee conducts holistic reviews of every applicant. If more than the allotted time has passed, you may contact us via email or phone to request an update.


Medical and Professional School Questions

What percentage of students gets into medical school?

98% of all Scripps College Post-Bac students have been accepted into medical school.

Are there options for linkage with medical schools?

Yes, our linkage agreements allow currently enrolled Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students to directly enter medical school in the fall following the completion of their Post-Bac curriculum at Scripps College. We have linkage agreements with the following schools:

  • George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC
  • Hofstra North Shore LIF School of Medicine in Hempstead, NY
  • University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, CA


Other Questions

Can I work while attending this program?

This depends on the timeline you choose in order to complete the program. Part-time students are required to work or volunteer 20 hours a week. Full-time students generally perform volunteer work on the average of 4-6 hours per week. Each student’s individual journey is discussed and supported by the Program Director and Academic Advisor.

What housing options are available?

Post-Bac students commute or live in nearby off-campus apartments. Many students choose to live within walking or biking distance of the campus. Staff in the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director’s Office can assist with local housing information.

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