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Most students begin the Post-Bac Program in late May, complete eight required science courses over the following 12 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 12 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.

“I’m glad I did an accelerated post-bac program. Although difficult, the pace is similar to medical school and I wanted to demonstrate to medical schools that I could handle rigorous classes at a fast pace.”

Brandon Glousman, Class of 2016 George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Class of 2020
Brandon Glousman

Typical 12-month Curriculum, 2020-2021

Summer Basic Principles of Chemistry 14L (with lab)
Basic Principles of Chemistry 15L (with lab)
Introductory Biology 43L (with lab)
Fall Semester Vertebrate Physiology (with lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics I (with lab)
Spring Semester Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics II (with lab)