Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

MCAT & MCAT Test Prep

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced changes to the MCAT implemented in the spring of 2015. MCAT now includes topics covered in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and biochemistry courses. Additionally, there is a new interdisciplinary section entitled “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.” Statistical reasoning is incorporated into all sections of the new MCAT.

Katherine Tully"Introduction to Biology and Vertebrae Physiology were a great sequence of classes to take because Intro to Biology introduced the cell at the microscopic level and Physiology linked the biological concepts into a broader, systems based understanding of the human body. The materials covered in these courses were also very helpful—essential—for MCAT preparation."

Katherine Tully, Class of 2011
George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2011-2015)

To prepare for the latest version of the MCAT exam, the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Program has revised the curriculum to include a biochemistry course that students complete in June of the second summer. While we offer courses in psychology, sociology, and statistics at Scripps, these courses are not part of the traditional curriculum for the post-bac program. We encourage applicants to consider enrolling in one or several of these courses prior to matriculation to better prepare for MCAT or to study these subjects independently during their post-bac year. Scripps Post-Bac advisors work closely with students to ensure that their MCAT preparation is thorough and effective.


A partnership has been developed with NextStep to provide an online MCAT course at a discounted fee exclusive for Post-Bac  students. The NextStep membership includes:

  • Access to all online resources: study planner, vidoes, question bank, and full-length tests
  • Access to MCAT Office hours live sessions and live strategy reviews
  • Complete set of all 9 NextStep MCAT books
  • Access to all AAMC full-length MCAT exams and resources
  • Personalized study plan



In addition, we have partnered with Kaplan to offer Post-bac students test preparation clinics in critical analysis and reasoning foundations.  The Kaplan course focus will be on:

  • Critical Reading
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Analogical Reasoning
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Scientific Reasoning