Post-Baccalaureate Program

Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate program at Rutgers-Newark is designed for the individual possessing a non-science bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least a "B" grade point average and is now seriously considering a career in the health profession. Applicants are expected to have completed college-level courses in mathematics (at least through pre-calculus) and also have evidence of volunteer or paid service in the health field.

Medical/Dental Programs generally require the following undergraduate science courses for admission:

  • 3-4 semesters of Biology with laboratory (12-16 credits)
  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 2 semesters of Physics with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 1 or 2 semesters of Mathematics (3-6 credits), usually through Pre-calculus This requirement varies with certain schools and may require Calculus. Students are encouraged to consult with individual schools for specific entrance requirements

NOTE:  Given recent changes to the MCAT,  students interested in applying to medical schools are encouraged to take one semester of each:  Biochemistry, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics.

These courses should be completed in 16 months to 2 years with at least a 3.5 GPA and in advance of the nationwide standardized examinations.

Note: Post-baccalaureates are non-matriculated students and register last for classes and may find that some science courses are closed.

Rutgers-Newark offers continuous services including tutorial assistance and advisement focused on preparing students for admission to professional schools.

 

Applying

Before applying to the program, it is suggested that students first consider making an appointment for an in-person visit with an admissions officer at a medical/dental school to determine the best way to enhance acceptance to the medical/dental school. It is recommended that the student bring transcripts and other pertinent information so that a full evaluation can be conducted. This is especially important for students with weak undergraduate records.

Increasingly, medical/dental schools will not accept post-baccalaureate students with undergraduate transcripts that are weak even if these "late-bloomers" return as post-baccalaureates and achieve top grades in the sciences. Medical schools receive sufficient applicants with outstanding transcripts with little room for those that have showed improvement later on as post-baccalaureates. MCAT scores must also be excellent and in the 30's (old MCAT) or 507 or above (new MCAT) in most cases along with documented evidence of health-related experiences to confirm intentions for entering the medical profession. 

 

Applying to Rutgers University-Newark Post-Bacc Pre-Health Program

Step 1: Initial Application

Apply online using the Undergraduate Admission Application. Under the Newark Campus, select "Not working toward a degree" (non matriculating) and select University College-Newark as your college choice. Individuals in the post-baccalaureate program are registered as non-degree students. Regarding the personal statement on the bottom of the application, indicate that you are a post-baccalaureate applicant. Apart from the application and fee, you are required to submit official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. The baccalaureate degree must be completed (and not in progress) before applying to the program. High school transcripts are not required.  Students are reviewed for admission into the university in accordance with the standards for University College and GPA, grade trend and completed courses.

Step 2: Secondary Application (only when you receive an email from Rutgers Admissions)

If admissible into the university, you will then be contacted and requested to submit supplemental materials to be considered specifically for the Post-Bacc Pre-Health Program.  Supplemental materials include a resume, a personal statement indicating your interest in our program, as well as what you intend to do professionally.   The email you receive will provide you with information on where to send the materials.  After a review of all supplemental materials, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with our office with Ms. Sara Ouimet, who is a Pre-Health Advisor and oversees the Post-Bacc program. A final decision on your admission status into the Post-Bacc program will be made once all materials have been submitted and the personal interview has been conducted. Failure to submit all required materials by the deadline will result in your application being withdrawn from consideration into the Post-Bacc Pre-Health Program.

Application Deadline Dates for admission into the Post-Bacc Pre-Health Program:

For Fall admission your completed application to Rutgers University-Newark is due by  June 1st  (admissions is on a rolling basis; submit all materials as soon as possible)

NOTE: Students having completed courses outside the U.S. should be aware that they may not be applied for fulfilling the academic requirements for admission to professional schools. This includes courses that have been transferred to Rutgers and are applied toward graduation.

There are no fees charged for the services provided by Pre-Professional Services.

 

Requirements

 

Courses
Students accepted into this day-session program pursue a rigorous 42.0 credit (minimum) accelerated curriculum in biology, chemistry and physics. The following Rutgers-Newark courses satisfy the general requirements of most medical colleges:

 

Requirement Credits Rutgers-Newark Course(s)
3 semesters of Biology with lab 12 credits
Concepts of Biology (120:200, 4 credits)
Foundations of Bio: Cell & Molecular Biology (120:201, 3 credits, lec.)
Foundations of Bio: Cell & Molecular Biology (120:202, 1 credit, lab)
Foundations of Bio: Ecology & Evolution (120:205, 3 credit, lec.)
Foundations of Bio: Ecology & Evolution (120:206, 1 credit, lab)
1 additional semester of Biology with lab 4 credits

Biochemistry (additional upper level courses recommended, such as

Molecular Biology, Genetics, & Mammalian Physiology)

2 semesters of General Chemistry with lab 10 credits General Chemistry Lecture I (160:115, 4 credits)1
General Chemistry Lab I (160:113, 1 credit)
General Chemistry Lecture II (160:116, 4 credits)
General Chemistry Lab II (160:114, 1 credit)2
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab 10 credits Organic Chemistry Lecture I (160:335, 4 credits)3
Organic Chemistry Lecture II (160:336, 4 credits)3
Organic Chemistry Lab (160:331, 2 credits)4
2 semesters of Physics with lab 10 credits General Physics Lecture I (750:203, 4 credits)5
Introductory Physics Lab I (750:205, 1 credit)
General Physics Lecture II (750:205, 4 credits)5
Introductory Physics Lab II (750:206, 1 credit)
- OR -
University Physics Lecture I (750:213, 4 credits)6
Introductory Physics Lab I (750:205, 1 credit)
University Physics Lecture II (750:214, 4 credits)6
Introductory Physics Lab II (750:206, 1 credit)
1 or 2 semesters of Mathematics (usually through Precalculus)7 3-6 credits Precalculus (640:114)
- OR -
Unified Calculus (640:135)

1 The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture I are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND College Algebra (640:113).
2 The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture II are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND Precalculus (640:114).
3 The prerequisites for Organic Chemistry Lecture I/II are General Chemistry Lecture I AND II.
4 The prerequisite course for Organic Chemistry Lab is one semester of Organic Chemistry Lecture I OR II.
5 The prerequisite course for Rutgers General Physics Lecture I/II is Precalculus (640:114).
6 The prerequisite or corequisite course for University Physics Lecture I/II is Unified Calculus (640:135 AND 640:136).
7 This requirement varies with certain schools and may require Calculus. Students are encouraged to consult with individual schools for specific entrance requirements.

 

Typical Programs
Plan A: 42 credits completed in 16 months:

  • Summer Session: General Chemistry with lab (10 cr.)
  • Academic Year: Organic Chemistry with lab (10 cr.) and Biology with lab (12 cr.)
  • Summer Session: Physics (10 cr.) and MCAT (or other standardized test).

Plan B: 42 credits completed in 2 years:

  • Academic Year 1: Biology with lab (8 cr.), Gen. Chemistry with lab (10 cr.), Physics with lab (10 cr.) and additional credits (if required).
  • Academic Year 2: Organic Chemistry with lab (10 cr.), Biology (4-8 cr.) and MCAT (or other standardized test).

Note: Plan B is also suitable for professional schools requiring additional credits. Students may elect to attend summer session or enroll in more courses as needed during the academic year.

Health Professions File
Enrolled students should open a Health Professions File with Pre-Professional Services within the Office of Academic Services (Hill Hall Room 312) during their second or third semester at Rutgers-Newark and must have at least a 3.4 grade point average. There are no fees charged to students (both undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students) for services provided by the office including the preparation and sending of committee letters of recommendation.

Individuals are expected to maintain a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in the program and receive a composite letter of recommendation as required by the medical schools. It is the obligation of the students to stay up to date with our office policies and procedures, especially 1-2 semesters prior to applying to a professional program that would require the submission of recommendation letters. 

Guidelines to Open a Health Professions File for Post-Bacc Students

Registration
Accepted students should register for courses as soon as possible. Courses often close early and registration in any particular course is not guaranteed.

NOTE: Students having completed courses outside the U.S. should be aware that they may not be applied for fulfilling the academic requirements for admission to professional schools. This includes courses that have been transferred to Rutgers.

Program Contact:

Ms. Sara OuimetPre-Professional Advisor

Office of Academic Services
360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Hill Hall Room 312
Newark, NJ 07102-1284

(973) 353-5800

 

NJMS Linkage

Click above to find out information on the highly competitive linkage program tied directly to NJMS.

 

Post-Bacc Resources

Applicants can search the site (https://students-residents.aamc.org/postbacc/) to find information on programs using various filters, such as program focus (career-changers, record-enhancers, etc), public/private, state, undergraduate/graduate and institution. Program listings have information about linkage/affiliations, as well as contact information and information about the structure of the program.

Additionally, the Aspiring Docs program has two fact sheets on Post Bacc programs that you may be interested in reviewing:

See all fact sheets: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/296544/factsheets.html

Lastly, the FIRST for Medical Education program also has a fact sheet regarding the financial implications that may impact students who matriculate to such programs: [Click Here]

See all FIRST fact sheets for applicants: https://www.aamc.org/services/first/first_factsheets/