What is a Post-Baccalaureate Program?
- A post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program is a certificate program (often pre-med or biomedical in focus) that demonstrates that certain skill sets and a particular body of knowledge have been mastered. These programs allow college graduates the chance to fulfill prerequisites or gain a competitive edge for application to graduate school.
Who should consider a Post-Baccalaureate program?
- Anyone who needs more academic training before applying to graduate school. For example, if you would like to go to medical school but did not complete a pre-med curriculum, a post-bac program would provide the opportunity to take the required courses that you would need in order to take the MCAT and apply to medical school.
- If undergraduate grades are not strong enough to be considered for graduate school, successful completion of a post-bac program may show graduate admissions committees that you can excel in a master's program.
- Learners who want to continue to build their career skills in their current position.
- Anyone who wants to explore what graduate school might be like without investing too much time and money.
Is a Post-Baccalaureate program the same as a master's degree?
- No. Pots-bac programs yield a certificate, and are generally between 9 and 12 credits/hours with a commitment of two semesters to complete.
Where can I search for Post-Baccalaureate programs?
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
- National Institutes of Health/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services