Post-Baccalaureate Program: Requirements

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

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)

1The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture I are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND College Algebra (640:113).
2The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture II are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND Precalculus (640:114).
3The prerequisites for Organic Chemistry Lecture I/II are General Chemistry Lecture I AND II.
4The prerequisite course for Organic Chemistry Lab is one semester of Organic Chemistry Lecture I OR II.
5The prerequisite course for Rutgers General Physics Lecture I/II is Precalculus (640:114).
6The prerequisite or corequisite course for University Physics Lecture I/II is Unified Calculus (640:135 AND 640:136).
7This 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.

 

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.