Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Dates

June 1, 2015 – May 7, 2016
Orientation will be prior to the start of classes.

Application submission for the 2015 cohort begins Oct. 1.

Open Houses
Stop by and visit with an advisor and learn more about the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program.
Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, 6-7 p.m., 1505 University Avenue
For more information call 303-492-5148

A Full-Time, One-Year Program

The Post-Bacc program is for students interested in graduate medical education including medical doctor, physician assistant, veterinary medicine and physical therapist. The program is designed for “career changers” who were academically successful as undergraduates and have completed a bachelor’s degree, but have not completed the prerequisite courses needed to apply to medical and other healthcare-related professional schools. This intensive yearlong program (one summer, followed by fall and spring semesters) is appropriate for students who are either recent college graduates or experienced professionals seeking a career change.

The CU-Boulder Post-Bacc is a cohort program.  Students move through the eight classes together.  Students benefit from academic, emotional, and logistical support; the camaraderie of a shared experience; and the development of personal and professional networks. This is a full-time academic program.

We offer you the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the science classes necessary to apply for graduate medical studies. Students receive individual advising, tutoring, mentoring, and application assistance. The only prerequisite class is precalculus (algebra and trigonometry) or demonstrated math competency.  Post-Bacc program activities include visiting a cadaver lab, on-site visits to graduate programs, meetings with admissions staff, lectures, meetings with faculty and work sessions.

Depending upon your chosen future career, classes you have already taken, and requirements of your specific graduate program, you may need to take additional classes after the 1-year post-Bacc program ends.  Your program advisor will help you develop an individualized plan for completion of all requirements.

– Students interested in medical schools may need to take Organic Chemistry 2.
– Students interested in physical therapy programs may need to take statistics, anatomy lecture and lab, physiology lecture and lab and development or abnormal psychology.
– Students interested in physician assistant programs may need to take anatomy lecture and lab, physiology lecture and lab, statistics, developmental or abnormal psychology, microbiology, cell biology and nutrition.
– Students interested in veterinary medicine programs may want to take statistics, microbiology, anatomy lecture and lab, physiology lecture and lab, cell biology, immunology and nutrition.

A Rigorous Academic Experience

All students in the program take the following courses:

General Chemistry 1 with Lab
General Chemistry 2 with Lab

Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab
General Physics 1 with Lab

Principles of Genetics with Lab
Principles of Biochemistry
General Physics 2 with Lab

Support for Graduate Program Admissions

Your program advisor will provide you with expert and individualized guidance through the application and interview process.

Post-Bacc students may participate in the Committee Letter process. Health-care professional schools including medical schools (including MD and DO) podiatry schools, and optometry schools require or prefer a letter of evaluation from the pre-health committee at CU-Boulder. The Committee Letter introduces you to the admissions committees and reviews your preparation and accomplishments. The process of completing the procedures to gain a Committee Letter is at least equally important because it encourages you to begin working on application materials early, assess your readiness for application, and provides an opportunity for feedback from the committee about your weaknesses so that you can address them before applying or decide to change your timetable.
More information on the Committee Letter process…

Program Information

Post-Bacc Program questions:

Application materials may be submitted beginning Oct. 1.
Submit materials via mail to
Post Baccalaureate Program
Continuing Education
1505 University Avenue, 178 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

or FAX to 303-492-3962

To schedule an advising appointment

Contact an advisor: