Frequently Asked 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.
What kind of applicant is Scripps College 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.
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 doctor. However, we do offer the pre-requisite 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.
"The most attractive features of the program, and the most beneficial, were guaranteed spots in high-demand, major-required classes, the ample help such as office hours and tutoring outside of class, a small and tight-knit post-bac class, access to an advisor to work out the nitty-gritty details, volunteer opportunities, linkage opportunities with medical schools, and the SoCal location."
Jason Goldberg, Class of 2012
George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2012-2016)
What are the admission requirements?
- a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than science
- 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 September 1. 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 March 1. Please note that this deadline apples 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 calculus is offered on campus, we strongly prefer that students complete calculus before matriculating in the Scripps Program.
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.
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.
What percentage of students gets into medical school?
Currently, 96% of 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:
- Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
- George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC
- Hofstra North Shore LIF School of Medicine in Hempstead, NY
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA
- Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, CA
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 is kept small and selective in order to provide individual attention to each Post-Bac student. About 15 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.
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.
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 Examkrackers course available at a discounted fee
- detailed and personalized faculty-committee letter of recommendation
- continued advising and support after completing the program
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.
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.