Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs
Why Enroll in a Postbaccalaureate Program?
There are many reasons to enroll in a
postbaccalaureate premedical program (often called PostBac program for short). Some are designed for career changers; some are geared to students who need to complete coursework in requisite undergraduate science courses; and some programs focus on applicants who would like to improve their GPA’s. Other programs are specifically designed to assist persons from groups underrepresented in medicine or from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Length, Degree, and Linkage Agreements
Make sure to pay close attention to the focus of the PostBac program that will best suit your needs, and to the length of time it will take to complete the course. While some programs may be completed in one year, others may require 18-24 months. Additionally, some programs feature linkage agreements or affiliations with medical school programs. For specific details on various programs, degree offerings, and length of time to complete, see theDatabase.
Financial Aid and the Cost of Applying
As with any educational endeavor, there are costs associated with completing a PostBac program. These may include application fees, security deposits, textbooks, and lab fees. If you choose to enroll in a program that requires full-time study or relocation, you should also consider the living expenses you will incur during enrollment.
If you think you’ll need financial assistance to help cover the cost of your PostBac education, be sure to speak with the school’s financial aid office. They will be able to tell you whether their program is eligible for federal student aid. When selecting a program, you will want to be clear about whether the program is degree-granting, certificate-granting, or neither. In some cases, this may impact your eligibility for financial aid.
Be sure to read thefact sheet for additional tips and facts.
Additional Resources and Information
FIRST is the AAMC’s primary resource regarding Financial Aid. The
The AAMC also hosts a searchable database of programs that enables you to search according to program type and other characteristics.
Questions regarding applying, qualifying, or attending postbaccalaureate programs should be addressed to the specific program in which you are interested.
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